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Museum in India Celebrating Muslim Dynasty Gets a Hindu Overhaul
A planned museum in Agra on the Mughal rulers and their culture is to be renamed for a Hindu warrior-king and refocused on Hindu history, as a nationalist revival sweeps the country.



A rendering of the future museum in Agra, near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal.

A rendering of the future museum in Agra, near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal.Credit...David Chipperfield Architects
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By Sameer Yasir and Hari Kumar
  • Sept. 15, 2020, 10:08 a.m. ET

The museum was meant to showcase the arms, art and fashion of the Mughals, Muslim rulers who reigned over the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
But officials this week in Agra, home to the Taj Mahal — the world’s most famous example of Mughal-era architecture and India’s best-known building — had another idea: a complete overhaul of the museum so that it would instead celebrate India’s Hindu majority, leaders and history.
The changes to the planned museum are the latest example of a Hindu nationalist revival sweeping the country, spurred by the country’s popular prime minister, Narendra Modi. Critics of the government say that Mr. Modi and his supporters are fanning the flames of religious division, damaging India’s secular foundation and rewriting the country’s history to remove Muslim achievements from the narrative.
Ground was broken for the museum in 2016 after financing was approved under the previous government, but little progress has been made on its construction.
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Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the state in which Agra is located, said on Monday that he would not allow India’s Muslim rulers to be lionized with such a museum and that the building would instead be named for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a 17th-century Hindu warrior-king.
“How can Mughals be our heroes?” Mr. Adityanath asked, according to a government transcript of his remarks. As if to drive home the point that in today’s India, Hinduism and patriotism are increasingly entwined, he added, “the very name of Shivaji will invoke a feeling of nationalism and self-esteem.”

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Mr. Adityanath, a member of Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, is so hostile to recognizing the country’s Muslim history that when he took office in 2017 he considered excluding images of the Taj Mahal from the state’s tourism brochures.



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Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, shown last month, said he would not allow the Mughals, Muslim kings who ruled in the 16th to 18th centuries, to be lionized with a museum.

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, shown last month, said he would not allow the Mughals, Muslim kings who ruled in the 16th to 18th centuries, to be lionized with a museum.Credit...Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press
The efforts in Uttar Pradesh, including an initiative to change the names of historic cities and places with Muslim names, reflects a larger national trend. India’s Supreme Court last year ruled in favor of Hindus, effectively greenlighting the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque had stood before Hindu extremists destroyed it in 1992.
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Soon after, India’s Parliament passed a law that enshrined discrimination against Muslim immigrants seeking citizenship. The law prompted large street protests across the country, but before the demonstrations could dent Mr. Modi’s agenda the coronavirus struck and the prime minister imposed a strict nationwide lockdown.
Muslims make up 14 percent of India’s population, but say they are increasingly under attack, both physically — there has been a sharp increase in violence against Muslims — and politically. As India continues to struggle with tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases, Muslims have been accused of being super-spreaders of the disease.
Shahid Siddique, a Muslim and former member of Parliament, said the museum controversy is the latest example of Hindu nationalists attempting to eradicate Muslim history.
“Agra is not a city of Shivaji,” he said of the Indian king whose name the museum will now bear. “But in the city of Taj, the city of Mughals, you cannot have a Mughal Museum,” he said, with a note of incredulity.
Hindu Nationalists say Muslims are playing the victim by complaining about the museum. Vinod Bansal, a Hindu nationalist leader, described the Mughals as foreign invaders who conquered India in order to to loot it, and as such should not be hailed as national heroes.
“When the country got independence, the Union Jack was taken down. Statues of George V and Queen Victoria were broken. But no Christian raised the issue that you are attacking Christianity,” he said.

 

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Museum in India Celebrating Muslim Dynasty Gets a Hindu Overhaul
A planned museum in Agra on the Mughal rulers and their culture is to be renamed for a Hindu warrior-king and refocused on Hindu history, as a nationalist revival sweeps the country.



A rendering of the future museum in Agra, near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal.

A rendering of the future museum in Agra, near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal.Credit...David Chipperfield Architects
Sameer YasirHari Kumar
By Sameer Yasir and Hari Kumar
  • Sept. 15, 2020, 10:08 a.m. ET

The museum was meant to showcase the arms, art and fashion of the Mughals, Muslim rulers who reigned over the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
But officials this week in Agra, home to the Taj Mahal — the world’s most famous example of Mughal-era architecture and India’s best-known building — had another idea: a complete overhaul of the museum so that it would instead celebrate India’s Hindu majority, leaders and history.
The changes to the planned museum are the latest example of a Hindu nationalist revival sweeping the country, spurred by the country’s popular prime minister, Narendra Modi. Critics of the government say that Mr. Modi and his supporters are fanning the flames of religious division, damaging India’s secular foundation and rewriting the country’s history to remove Muslim achievements from the narrative.
Ground was broken for the museum in 2016 after financing was approved under the previous government, but little progress has been made on its construction.
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Continue reading the main story


Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the state in which Agra is located, said on Monday that he would not allow India’s Muslim rulers to be lionized with such a museum and that the building would instead be named for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a 17th-century Hindu warrior-king.
“How can Mughals be our heroes?” Mr. Adityanath asked, according to a government transcript of his remarks. As if to drive home the point that in today’s India, Hinduism and patriotism are increasingly entwined, he added, “the very name of Shivaji will invoke a feeling of nationalism and self-esteem.”

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Mr. Adityanath, a member of Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, is so hostile to recognizing the country’s Muslim history that when he took office in 2017 he considered excluding images of the Taj Mahal from the state’s tourism brochures.



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Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, shown last month, said he would not allow the Mughals, Muslim kings who ruled in the 16th to 18th centuries, to be lionized with a museum.

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, shown last month, said he would not allow the Mughals, Muslim kings who ruled in the 16th to 18th centuries, to be lionized with a museum.Credit...Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press
The efforts in Uttar Pradesh, including an initiative to change the names of historic cities and places with Muslim names, reflects a larger national trend. India’s Supreme Court last year ruled in favor of Hindus, effectively greenlighting the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque had stood before Hindu extremists destroyed it in 1992.
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Continue reading the main story


Soon after, India’s Parliament passed a law that enshrined discrimination against Muslim immigrants seeking citizenship. The law prompted large street protests across the country, but before the demonstrations could dent Mr. Modi’s agenda the coronavirus struck and the prime minister imposed a strict nationwide lockdown.
Muslims make up 14 percent of India’s population, but say they are increasingly under attack, both physically — there has been a sharp increase in violence against Muslims — and politically. As India continues to struggle with tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases, Muslims have been accused of being super-spreaders of the disease.
Shahid Siddique, a Muslim and former member of Parliament, said the museum controversy is the latest example of Hindu nationalists attempting to eradicate Muslim history.
“Agra is not a city of Shivaji,” he said of the Indian king whose name the museum will now bear. “But in the city of Taj, the city of Mughals, you cannot have a Mughal Museum,” he said, with a note of incredulity.
Hindu Nationalists say Muslims are playing the victim by complaining about the museum. Vinod Bansal, a Hindu nationalist leader, described the Mughals as foreign invaders who conquered India in order to to loot it, and as such should not be hailed as national heroes.
“When the country got independence, the Union Jack was taken down. Statues of George V and Queen Victoria were broken. But no Christian raised the issue that you are attacking Christianity,” he said.

Complete fucking nonsense. This Yogi and his stooges need a boot up their ***!

This is completely unacceptable and an embarrassment to all Indians.
 

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"Mughals, Muslim rulers who reigned over the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to the 18th centuries."

Indians on pdf @Peshwa @Protest_again @bahadur and other folks recently trying to explain stuff to people who doubt Indian awesomeness....please please please explain to us all once and for all, why.....WHY does the above burn you lot so so much that you literally erase your own nation's complex and convoluted history?

Do Brits - that every Indian diaspora member I've ever met tries to desperately emulate - erase or feel embarrassed by the Viking, Celtic and Roman eras of their history? Those folks were beyond brutal btw. If you have nightmares about Mughals, wait until I give you a "Viking pillaging of Britain" history lesson.
 

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Museum in India Celebrating Muslim Dynasty Gets a Hindu Overhaul
A planned museum in Agra on the Mughal rulers and their culture is to be renamed for a Hindu warrior-king and refocused on Hindu history, as a nationalist revival sweeps the country.



A rendering of the future museum in Agra, near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal.

A rendering of the future museum in Agra, near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal.Credit...David Chipperfield Architects
Sameer YasirHari Kumar
By Sameer Yasir and Hari Kumar
  • Sept. 15, 2020, 10:08 a.m. ET

The museum was meant to showcase the arms, art and fashion of the Mughals, Muslim rulers who reigned over the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
But officials this week in Agra, home to the Taj Mahal — the world’s most famous example of Mughal-era architecture and India’s best-known building — had another idea: a complete overhaul of the museum so that it would instead celebrate India’s Hindu majority, leaders and history.
The changes to the planned museum are the latest example of a Hindu nationalist revival sweeping the country, spurred by the country’s popular prime minister, Narendra Modi. Critics of the government say that Mr. Modi and his supporters are fanning the flames of religious division, damaging India’s secular foundation and rewriting the country’s history to remove Muslim achievements from the narrative.
Ground was broken for the museum in 2016 after financing was approved under the previous government, but little progress has been made on its construction.
ADVERTISEMENT
Continue reading the main story


Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the state in which Agra is located, said on Monday that he would not allow India’s Muslim rulers to be lionized with such a museum and that the building would instead be named for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a 17th-century Hindu warrior-king.
“How can Mughals be our heroes?” Mr. Adityanath asked, according to a government transcript of his remarks. As if to drive home the point that in today’s India, Hinduism and patriotism are increasingly entwined, he added, “the very name of Shivaji will invoke a feeling of nationalism and self-esteem.”

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Mr. Adityanath, a member of Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, is so hostile to recognizing the country’s Muslim history that when he took office in 2017 he considered excluding images of the Taj Mahal from the state’s tourism brochures.



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Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, shown last month, said he would not allow the Mughals, Muslim kings who ruled in the 16th to 18th centuries, to be lionized with a museum.

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, shown last month, said he would not allow the Mughals, Muslim kings who ruled in the 16th to 18th centuries, to be lionized with a museum.Credit...Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press
The efforts in Uttar Pradesh, including an initiative to change the names of historic cities and places with Muslim names, reflects a larger national trend. India’s Supreme Court last year ruled in favor of Hindus, effectively greenlighting the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque had stood before Hindu extremists destroyed it in 1992.
ADVERTISEMENT
Continue reading the main story


Soon after, India’s Parliament passed a law that enshrined discrimination against Muslim immigrants seeking citizenship. The law prompted large street protests across the country, but before the demonstrations could dent Mr. Modi’s agenda the coronavirus struck and the prime minister imposed a strict nationwide lockdown.
Muslims make up 14 percent of India’s population, but say they are increasingly under attack, both physically — there has been a sharp increase in violence against Muslims — and politically. As India continues to struggle with tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases, Muslims have been accused of being super-spreaders of the disease.
Shahid Siddique, a Muslim and former member of Parliament, said the museum controversy is the latest example of Hindu nationalists attempting to eradicate Muslim history.
“Agra is not a city of Shivaji,” he said of the Indian king whose name the museum will now bear. “But in the city of Taj, the city of Mughals, you cannot have a Mughal Museum,” he said, with a note of incredulity.
Hindu Nationalists say Muslims are playing the victim by complaining about the museum. Vinod Bansal, a Hindu nationalist leader, described the Mughals as foreign invaders who conquered India in order to to loot it, and as such should not be hailed as national heroes.
“When the country got independence, the Union Jack was taken down. Statues of George V and Queen Victoria were broken. But no Christian raised the issue that you are attacking Christianity,” he said.


muslims should live like a they are in hindu state , india is not muslim state .
 

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"Mughals, Muslim rulers who reigned over the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to the 18th centuries."

Indians on pdf @Peshwa @Protest_again @bahadur and other folks recently trying to explain stuff to people who doubt Indian awesomeness....please please please explain to us all once and for all, why.....WHY does the above burn you lot so so much that you literally erase your own nation's complex and convoluted history?

Do Brits - that every Indian diaspora member I've ever met tries to desperately emulate - erase or feel embarrassed by the Viking, Celtic and Roman eras of their history? Those folks were beyond brutal btw. If you have nightmares about Mughals, wait until I give you a "Viking pillaging of Britain" history lesson.
we finished anti hindu mughal rule from india , they demolished our mandirs . shiva ji was foremost in uprooting mughals from india.
 

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"Mughals, Muslim rulers who reigned over the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to the 18th centuries."

Indians on pdf @Peshwa @Protest_again @bahadur and other folks recently trying to explain stuff to people who doubt Indian awesomeness....please please please explain to us all once and for all, why.....WHY does the above burn you lot so so much that you literally erase your own nation's complex and convoluted history?

Do Brits - that every Indian diaspora member I've ever met tries to desperately emulate - erase or feel embarrassed by the Viking, Celtic and Roman eras of their history? Those folks were beyond brutal btw. If you have nightmares about Mughals, wait until I give you a "Viking pillaging of Britain" history lesson.
For the same reasons that co-terminus Pakistan of the present chooses to shed its "kafir" Hindu and Buddhist past to declare itself an Islamic Republic instead of honoring the rich history of non-Muslims that contributed to the land.


The answer is that Religion based politics is a cancer. Pakistan has been a victim since Zia, India has its own Zia in Modi and Yogi.


Doesn't stop Pakistanis from singing praises of their country, where both good and bad exist including religious and sectarian politics. Why would India be any different under such circumstances?
We love India for what it stands for and what it was created to be, not what it is becoming due to the actions of these religious morons! Obviously most of us want India to be what our founding fathers envisioned for India, and I reckon most Pakistanis would prefer Jinnah's Pakistan than Zia's.
But instead here we are.....
 

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It's not really unacceptable to all Indians though is it?
Nor is it acceptable to all Indians either!
You can see both sides of the fence on this very thread.
But that is the bane of democracy, everyone has a voice, inconvenient sometimes, but thats the rule of governance we chose. Unfortunately, UP being our most populous state, has a huge share of these nutjobs lead by a psycho. Doesn't mean the rest of India accepts and adopts their version of Cow politics.
 

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Nor is it acceptable to all Indians either!
You can see both sides of the fence on this very thread.
But that is the bane of democracy, everyone has a voice, inconvenient sometimes, but thats the rule of governance we chose. Unfortunately, UP being our most populous state, has a huge share of these nutjobs lead by a psycho. Doesn't mean the rest of India accepts and adopts their version of Cow politics.
@El Sidd
Perhaps this answers your question.
 

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Nor is it acceptable to all Indians either!
You can see both sides of the fence on this very thread.
But that is the bane of democracy, everyone has a voice, inconvenient sometimes, but thats the rule of governance we chose. Unfortunately, UP being our most populous state, has a huge share of these nutjobs lead by a psycho. Doesn't mean the rest of India accepts and adopts their version of Cow politics.
Why don't the rest of India secede from the cow belt?
 

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