The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to change the name of Agra to Agravan. The Yogi Adityanath government has already changed the names of Allahabad to Prayagraj and Mughalsarai to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar recently because of their alleged inheritance from Muslim reign in India.
According to sources, the Yogi government is planning to change the name from Agra to Agravan since some historians believe that this was the original name of the city that is home to the Taj Mahal.
The state government has asked the history department of the Ambedkar University to probe into the historical aspect of the name.
BJP MLA, Jagan Prasad Garg had earlier written a letter to the CM requesting him to change the name of the city. Jagan Prasad recently passed away due to a cardiac arrest while campaigning.
Confirming the news, Prof Sugam Anand, head of the department of history in Dr B R Ambedkar University of Agra spoke to IANS saying, “we have received a letter from the state government to look for historical evidence if Agra city was known by any other name. We have begun the research and will reply to the letter.”
The government has asked historians and experts to look into the circumstances and time when the city’s name was changed from Agravan.
The proposal has again created a lot of controversies as this is not the first time when the Yogi Adityanath govt has ‘hinduised’ the names of the places which are named after or are in-lieu with any Muslim inheritance by digging into the history of its Hindu origin.
Those who want it named as ‘Agravan’ have been placing their argument in support of it since long but many others call Agra as Akbarabad after Emperor Akbar, who made it the capital of the Mughal Empire.
Tourism trade experts, however, have reservations on any such move.”Agra is known worldwide as the city of Taj Mahal and a change of name would not go down well,” said Rakesh Tiwari, a travel and tour operations.