Museum’s name changed, Agra officials hunt for Shivaji links

Written by Maulshree Seth

Updated: September 17, 2020 6:46:06 am

The museum, positioned lower than 1.5 km from the Taj Mahal, was to showcase Mughal-era tradition and artefacts. Express

The change of name from ‘Mughal Museum’ to ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum’ is more likely to additional delay the challenge subsequent to the Taj Mahal, already manner not on time resulting from dwindling funds and mounting prices. However, the newest drawback might take the longest, because the authorities attempt to discover sufficient links between Shivaji and Agra to fill a museum.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had introduced the name change, saying in “the new Uttar Pradesh there is no place for symbols of mindset of slavery”.

Launched by former CM Akhilesh Yadav in January 2016, the museum positioned lower than 1.5 km from the east gate of the Taj Mahal was to showcase Mughal-era tradition, artefacts, work and delicacies. The challenge was to value Rs 141 crore and be completed in two years. It’s solely 70 per cent carried out, with Rs 90 crore to date sanctioned, even because the GST and the time issue push prices as much as an estimated Rs 170 crore plus. Among the explanations for the delay and prices is that each one concrete constructions for the challenge must be carted from Noida, round 200 km away, with such building barred close to the Taj Trapezium Zone.

Sources mentioned that involved concerning the challenge’s viability, the federal government had just lately requested the architect in addition to the Rajkiya Nirman Nigam, which is dealing with the development, for a “business plan”. The further funds are but to be cleared by the Finance Department.

Now comes the change in name, from Mughals to Shivaji. Amit Srivastava, Deputy Director, Tourism, Agra, mentioned, “There is certainly a link between Shivaji and Agra. He was kept in captivity at Agra Fort during the era of Aurangzeb and bravely escaped.” The Tourism Department is the nodal division for the challenge.

Srivastava added that when they received the go-ahead, the division would interact historians from Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Agra to know extra concerning the links of Shivaji. Officials estimated a delay of yet another yr at the very least.

However, B D Shukla, Assistant Professor within the Department of History and Culture on the college, fears it’d take longer. Recounting Shivaji’s time at Agra in 1666, he mentioned, “After Shivaji lost all his forts, he was called here by Aurangzeb. Shivaji got angry when he was not treated well. He was later held captive in the Ram Singh ki kothi. However, so far neither the ASI nor any historian is 100 per cent sure where this Ram Singh’s kothi is.”

Shivaji is alleged to have hidden in a fruit basket and brought a ship to flee by way of the Yamuna. Officials hope to hint all of the locations Shivaji might need visited close by.

The links between Agra and the Mughals, quite the opposite, run deep – and past Taj Mahal. Agra was the centre of the Mughal empire from the time of Akbar in 1560, to 1650.

Srivastava doesn’t appear to anticipate a problem. The ambit of the museum isn’t simply Mughal tradition, he argues, “but the culture, art and artefacts of the entire Braj region and the history of the period”. That loosely means an space of round 5,000 sq km, from Mathura in UP to Bharatpur in Rajasthan and Palwal in Haryana.

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