No Country Can Move Ahead Without Having Pride In It’s Heritage And History: PM Modi

| October 17 , 2017 , 15:34 IST

In an apparent but indirect reference to BJP MLA Sangeet Som’s comments calling the Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture, Prime Minister Modi said no country can move ahead without pride in heritage and history.

Dedicating the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda to the nation the Prime Minister said “Nations cannot develop if they don’t take pride in their history and heritage. If they do, they are sure to lose their identity over a period of time”.

BJP MLA Sangeet Som had created a controversy by calling the Taj Mahal "a blot on Indian culture" and a monument "built by traitors". 

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Som’s comments drew sharp criticism from leaders across political parties. AIMIM leader and MP Asaduddin Owaisi as well as National Conference leader and former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asked if the Taj Mahal was a blot on Indian Culture and made by traitors, would Independence Day ceremonies be shifted from the Red Fort?


The Uttar Pradesh government clarified saying, “the Taj Mahal is part of our proud heritage" and whatever Sangeet Som said was his personal opinion.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in an apparent face-saving attempt, would be visiting the Taj Mahal on October 25

When asked about Sangeet Som’s statements on the Taj Mahal, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said he does not agree with Sangeet Som's remarks. “It does not matter who built it and for what reason; it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers”. Yogi was quoted as saying by news agencies.


Stating that the Taj Mahal is an important monument, especially from a tourism perspective, Yogi Adityanath said it was his government’s priority to “provide facilities and safety to tourists”.


This is the second controversy to have erupted on Taj Mahal in this month. Earlier this month Taj Mahal was excluded from Uttar Pradesh's new catalogue of tourist destinations. This catalogue was released to mark the six months of Yogi Government in the state.

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Yogi Adityanath had previously said that the Mughal built Taj Mahal does not reflect India’s culture or heritage.

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