Friday, December 4, 2009

UP tourism pamphlet on Ayodhya kicks up row

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    • The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to withdraw a pamphlet of its tourism department because it describes the disputed Ayodhya site as 'Ramjanmabhoomi' (Lord Ram's birthplace). The description has kicked up a big row.
    • 'This inadvertent error in a small guide-booklet on Ayodhya has caused us unnecessary embarrassment; so we are withdrawing it immediately,' Uttar Pradesh Tourism Director General Avanish Kumar Awasthi told IANS.
    • 'Ever since 1935, the site has always been described it as Ramjanmabhoomi -- which is a matter of fact, so what is wrong if a local official publication puts that in black and white,' local VHP representative Sharad Sharma said.

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