Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has promised to look into the demand made by seers of different akharas that the name of Allahabad city be changed to Prayagraj ahead of the 2019 Ardh Kumbh fair.
The seers of Nirvani Ani Akhara, Panchdashnaam Juna Akhara and Digambar Ani Akhara among others also requested Adityanath to provide them basic amenities during the fair, according to Press Trust of India.
“We have requested the chief minister to change Allahabads name to Prayagraj and ensure that 14 fake babas did not participate in the Ardh kumbh,” Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) head Mahant Narendra Giri told reporters.
Irked by the recent controversies surrounding self-styled godmen, ABAP, the apex body of Hindu sadhus had on Sunday released a list of 14 “fake babas” including the names like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Rampal, Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, and demanded a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders” by bringing in a legislation.
When asked about their demand of renaming Allahabad, Giri said that Adityanath has assured them to look into it.
“We are sure that the chief minister will accept our demand,” he said.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma on Tuesday said Mughals were “not our ancestors” but “plunderers”.
“They looted the country. This is not our history,” Sharma said while responding to a question during an award ceremony in Lucknow, reports India Today.
He added that In Uttar Pradesh, every religion would be given equal respect, “but we won’t accept Pakistani-Talibani culture”.
Sharma, who is also the education minister in the Yogi Adityanath government, said that the UP government will introduce new syllabus in schools which could be based on modern history.
If reports are to be believed, educational bodies in the BJP-ruled states across India seem to be making a conscious effort scrap history of Mughals from textbooks.