'Ganesh idols to be removed from Qutub Minar..,' know why NMA wrote this letter to ASI?

New Delhi: The National Monuments Authority (NMA) has written to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to remove two idols of Ganesha from the Qutub Minar complex in the national capital. The authority said the place where these idols are installed is derogatory. They should be kept in the National Museum. 

According to media reports, the NMA had written a letter to the archaeology department last month, saying the statues should be given a "respectable" place in the National Museum, where such antiques are kept. Both the NMA and ASI function under the Union Ministry of Culture. The NMA was established in the year 2011 to rescue and protect monuments and sites and their surrounding areas.

While there has been no response from the ASI to the letter so far, the NMA's chief at the moment is BJP leader and former Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay. He has confirmed that it has been sent to ASI. He said "I have visited the site several times and I think the place where the statues have been installed is humiliating. These statues are near the feet of the people who come to the mosque."

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