For the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site did not a represent Indian culture.
So, the Yogi government recently decided to replace the Taj replica which was gifted to foreign dignitaries with a copy of the Gita.
Even in the recently announced UP Budget, the Taj Mahal was ‘left out’. According to the government, the 16th-century structure isn’t part of Uttar Pradesh’s cultural heritage.
But it seems like the government which snubbed the ‘monument of love’ because the minaret wasn’t Indian enough is okay with adopting something foreign to attract tourists.
That is, the ‘Krishna Land’, a proposed theme park in Mathura the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
Uttar Pradesh tourism officials have been asked to develop the blueprint of the project which the government aims to begin construction this year itself.
According to officials the ‘Krishna Land’ will be modeled based on the Disneyland in the US.
“We plan to reconstruct the entire stages of Krishna’s life. There will be a jail where Devki and Vasudev were imprisoned and it was here that Krishna was born. We will also create an artificial river like Yamuna that is linked to several aspects of Krishna’s life,” an official said.
The World Bank funded ‘Krishna Land’ is one of the number of projects the Yogi government has proposed to make UP a religious tourism center.