#Throwback 2018: Why This Year Belongs to Yogi Adityanath


#Throwback 2018: Why This Year Belongs to Yogi Adityanath

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


ogi Adityanath For PM” hoardings popped up in Agra during Christmas (sorry, I meant Yeshu Khrist Jayanti) and as a fan, I think it is about time that Santa Claus (I mean Satnam Chaubey) gifts India a Prime Minister who cares not about petty things such as jobs, investment, infrastructure or farmers, but rallies behind real problems such as the safety of cows, love jihad, and the most pressing one, “What is Lord Hanuman’s caste?”  

2018 was the year when Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath made a name for himself. And kept changing names of towns and railway stations like they were his banking account passwords. Allahabad became Prayagraj, Faizabad became Ayodhya, Mughalsarai junction was renamed after RSS’s Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, and the proposed list of further name changes is longer than the guest list at the Ambani-Piramal wedding. He even proposed for a name change in Hyderabad, but the short-sighted people of Telangana made a poor choice. I am all for reclaiming the country from “evil” Mughal influence. What have they given us apart from Taj Mahal, a handful of architectural and cultural wonders, biryani, Urdu, qawwali, kebab, anarkali, shayari, Mughlai paratha, jhumar, ghazal, Jodhaa Akbar, shahi chicken korma, and Bajirao Mastani? Nothing.