PATNA: Is the Taj Mahal, accepted as one of the seven wonders of the world, a symbol of India? Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath appears to have reservations. In Bihar’s Darbhanga for a function to mark three years of the Narendra Modi government, the Chief Minister commended the Prime Minister’s practice of gifting Bhagwad Gita and the Indian epic Ramayan to foreign dignitaries.
In this context, he said earlier, Presidents and Prime Ministers of India would gift souvenirs.
“This is the first time this has happened that when India’s Prime minister Narendra Modi goes abroad, or any foreign president visits India, he is gifted the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita or Ramayan,” he said.
“Whenever Ramayan is gifted to any foreign president, that exhibits the history of Bihar,” he added.
In his speech — touched upon emotive issues like triple talaq, Ayodhya temple and illegal slaughter houses — Yogi Adityanath also hit out at detractors and political opponents.
A visit to the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1630s, is a must for foreign tourists in India. Named a “World Heritage site” by Unesco.
It is among the 10 iconic spots to be cleaned up under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India mission. Every year, the government spends crores on its upkeep.
Last month, the Chief Minister had visited the Yamuna between the two heritage sites – Taj and the Agra fort – and pulled up officials for dumping untreated sewage in the river.