Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, lately made an announcement about Taj Mahal as well as other minarets having no link with India’s heritage or culture at a function in Darbhanga, Bihar.
Talking in circumstance of gifts given to foreign dignitaries, he said:
That is actually the first time that has happened when India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes overseas, or some other foreign President visits India, he’s talented the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita or Ramayan.
Here’s the video where Yogi Adityanath speaks about Taj Mahal having no link with India’s culture.
Yogi Adityanath is appropriate which Prime Minister Modi has talented copies of Bhagavad Gita on a couple of events. It was in the news when he talented one to former US President Barack Obama. Additionally when he visited Japan, he took them for Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
But Yogi is in for a shock if he sees the entire collection of gifts presented by Modi at the last three years.
One Size Does Not Fit All
When it comes to gifts, one size doesn’t match. Gifts for Prime Minister’s foreign trips seem to be carefully picked keeping the receiver in mind. They don’t just reflect India’s diversity and rich cultural heritage, but also the association between the 2 nations.
On his trip to Saudi Arabia, Modi’s present to get King Salman represented an significant part Indian cultural heritage and India-Saudi exchange ties. It was a gold plated copy of the first mosque in India, the Cheraman Juma Masjid built in 629 AD.
A Chera King, a visit to Mecca and also a mosque at Thrissur…visiting India-Saudi Arabia ties throughout my present to King Salman. https://t.co/HnozxC4Gnk
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 3, 2016
After Modi seen Iran, he carried a special present. An uncommon 7th century manuscript of the Holy Quran written in Kufic script.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2016
For the President of Uzbekistan, he also carried a specially commissioned copy of Khamsa-i-Khusrau by the 13th century Sufi poet, Amir Khusrau, who was born in Uttar Pradesh.
Amir Khusrau, himself born in UP, includes a link with Uzbekistan- it is the land from where his father hailed. http://t.co/TCuqSzrcfZ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 6, 2015
For Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland, he transported a replica of historic manuscripts and newspapers of 2 Irish officials that made important contribution to India during the British rule.
Thomas Oldham was appointed that the ancestral surveyor at 1850s. His joining day is indicated as base day of Geological Survey of India. Sir George A Grierson conducted the first linguistic survey of India, that was published over several years between 1903 to 1928. It supplied the first scientifically-based taxonomy of all Indo-Aryan languages.
To former UK PM David Cameron, Modi introduced a set of bookends with inscriptions from the Bhagavad Gita.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 13, 2015
For your Queen, among other gifts, he’d Darjeeling tea from Bengal and organic honey from Jammu and Kashmir
Additionally presented with Her Majesty some award-winning Darjeeling tea from Makaibari tea estate in West Bengal & nice organic honey from J&K.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 13, 2015
To former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Joseph Harper, Modi introduced with a traditional Indian miniature painting showing Guru Nanak Dev together with his disciples Bhai Bala and Bhai Mardana.
Presented @pmharper a conventional Indian miniature painting showing Guru Nanak Dev together with his disciples Bhai Bala & Bhai Mardana.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 15, 2015
Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was introduced by a painting of Mahatma Gandhi.
A distinctive gift on a particular occasion. UNSG Ban Ki-moon presented with a painting of Mahatma Gandhi at the event. pic.twitter.com/Z5C3MUAEhU
— Gopal Baglay (@MEAIndia) October 2, 2015
Here is a partial list of gifts provided by Modi throughout his foreign trips as compiled from the data shared by him and Ministry of External Affairs through their tweets:
Acquiring The Cultural Diversity And Rich Traditions of India
The above list may not meet Adityanath’s acceptance, but it captures the cultural diversity and rich traditions of India.
Can it be a replica of the first Indian mosque or miniature painting of Guru Nanak Dev, be it a manuscript of the Holy Quran, also a replica of the Bhagavad Gita, or a publication on Indian religions, and that the listing is far from a narrow-minded interpretation of this idea of India.
It showcases artwork and traditions from other states of India. It’s well-researched and contains an individual touch.
By way of instance, German Chancellor Angela Merkel who’s a doctorate in Chemistry was introduced papers of Nobel Laureate CV Raman.
The list doesn’t grudge history, it accepts it, as in the case of historic manuscripts acknowledging gifts of famous Irishmen throughout the British rule.
When we published the listing, we were amazed by the amount of thought and preparation which appears to have become it. Yogi Adityanath may disagree, however the record is a rather balanced representation of Indian culture, history and traditions. Kudos to people who came up with this.