The Hindu priest running Uttar Pradesh has no love, or money, for the Taj Mahal

The recently-elected government of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has made its intentions clear: Conserving India’s most iconic monument, the Taj Mahal, is not a priority.

On June 11, the UP government, led by chief minister Adityanath, presented big plans to preserve and promote the state’s rich cultural heritage in its annual budget for 2017-2018. Among other schemes, it earmarked Rs1,240 crore ($192 million) to develop the ancient, sacred Hindu cities of Ayodhya,

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