Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the BJP has no intention of rewriting the country's history and has only taken "well-thought-out decisions" which come well under their statutory rights. Shah's remarks come at a time when the country has been witnessing a wave of name-change politics and accusations of the Centre's attempt to erase the Mughal history.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, Shah said, "The contribution of no one should be removed, neither do we want to remove them. But if someone wants to establish the tradition of the country then no one should have any objection."
He further added that BJP has not renamed a single city that did not have an old name.
Further talking about the "re-imagined history" of Jammu and Kashmir and the abrogation of Article 370, Shah said that Article 370 was included in the Constitution by the government of the first prime minister of the country and this had caused great loss to India.
Speaking to ANI, he said, "Article 370 was implemented because of Nehru ji. Since 1950, it had been on our agenda that it should not have been implemented. It caused a great loss to the country. Now with the manner in which development work is going on in Jammu and Kashmir, the way terrorists and terror attacks are decreasing is being proved. You can see data. There are many changes which are happening in Jammu and Kashmir."
Shah's comments come close on heels when the Centre renamed the historic Mughal Garden to Amrit Udyan on Republic Day starting a debate around renaming places to paint a certain narrative.
Additionally, Uttar Pradesh BJP MP Sangam Lal Gupta recently urged Amit Shah to change the name of Uttar Pradesh's capital city of Lucknow to "Lakhanpur or Laxmanpur" citing that the city was Lakhanpur and Laxmanpur in the Treta Yug until Nasaf until Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula renamed it to Lucknow.