Lucknow, Sept 15 : While addressing a Video conference and talking about the priority of the state government to the Agra Smart City Project, the Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath made an announcement on Sept 14 ( Monday ), about renaming the under construction Mughal Museum of Agra after the name of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji. While talking about this, he also made the point very clear that Indians should be proud of their own heroes from the past instead of glorifying foreign invaders who have degraded the nation socially with rituals like slavery.
The city of Agra has a special connection with Chhatrapati Shivaji in the chapters of Indian history. It is noteworthy that after all these years, this will be the first attempt by any government to put light on the dramatic incident that took place during Chhatrapati's visit to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb on the occasion of his 50th birth anniversary. The incident is significant in Indian history since during this visit, the Mughal Emperor had deceitfully captured Maratha King and along with him also the successor of the Maratha throne, young Sambhaji. Despite of the strong security, Chhatrapati Shivaji and his son were able to escape the Agra fort in a dramatic manner.
This incident not only turned down the Mughal advents to Deccan but also sent a clear message in the Indian land and beyond, about the incapability of the Mughal ambitions to bring the entire land mass under their rule. This is an important chapter of Mughal history and the history of Agra, which none of the consecutive state governments of Uttar Pradesh have tried to put on the map of Agra. The significance of the historic event is precisely the reason why CM Adityanath is going with the name of the Maratha King for the Mughal Museum and not any other Indian warrior.
Later, CM Adityanath also tweeted and further explained his decision about the Mughal Museum that "The under construction Mughal Museum of Agra will be known by the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Your new Uttar Pradesh has no place for any symbol linking to slavery and similar mindset. Shivaji Maharaj is our hero. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat."