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Here’s why the Taj Mahal, despite its bloody history, should be a part of U.P tourism

  • Avantika Debnath
  • October 13, 2017
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Some people have lost their sleep over Yogi Adityanath’s decision to strike off Taj Mahal from the state’s tourism brochure, their incessant crying on social media expose their sheer lack of knowledge and appalling ignorance. Honestly, I’d rather have the Taj on the glossy brochure – not because it signifies some eternal love BS, but because it’s a renowned monument that attracts tourists from across the globe, thereby adding to the GDP. Do I have any emotions attached to it?

No. I would rather have my emotions attached to Jallianwala Bagh or the Cellular Jail in Andaman Nicobar. The painfully dull monuments don’t compare to the grandeur of the Seventh Wonder of the World; they don’t conquer your sensations, but if you lay your ears against those damp walls, if you try to listen closely, the cries, the shrieks, the helplessness of hundreds and thousands of Indians would pierce your soul. The soil still reeks of Indian blood, and air is fragrant with what I call Love – a love that one has for one’s motherland, a love like none other.

Now let’s come to the love that we celebrate instead – Shah Jahan and Mumtaz.   Apparently, the fourth of his seven wives of the Mughal Emperor died while birthing their 14th child and her last wish was to have a regal monument to her name – wow to the materialism of it all. Now we believe what we are told because there are no other proofs apart from the words of the Mighty Emperor, who then erected the “Crown of Palaces” in memory of his loving and deceased wife, whose sister he married shortly. Thankfully this time he didn’t have to kill anyone, like in case of Mumtaz Mahal whose first husband had to be sacrificed so the emperor could seal the deal with the beautiful widow. After Mumtaz’s demise, her body was buried in Burhanpur, a town that sits about 900 kilometers from Agra, which were later moved to the Taj upon its completion which, we are told, took over 20 years to complete. Now I didn’t have science as my major, so I leave it to my readers to calculate the time taken by a buried body to decompose. Lately, researchers have presented theories that provide enough substantiation to the fact that the Taj was in fact a Shiva Temple – Tejo Mahalaya – which was converted into Taj Mahal for the world to look at it as part of the legacy left by the Mughals.

But let’s flush facts down the toilet, like our friends from the left do and understand their hue and cry over throwing out the monument from Uttar Pradesh’s tourism itinerary. Before that we need to remind ourselves how the Indian liberals blindly emulate its American counterparts. They cheer when Antifa in the U.S pulls down confederate statues that, they say, signify slavery (which is not true, but let’s not get into American history now). Now what we have here are a bunch of Indian intellectuals supporting vandalism of monuments serving as reminders of slavery in the west, while upholding the Taj in India – the very Taj that stands tall as a brutal manifestation of the very concept – “slavery”. Weren’t they foul crying for the suppression of Dalits just the other day? High time they picked up a history book and read about how the artisans and craftsmen who built and adorned the walls of the grand monument got compensated upon its completion. Do they really want to associate India’s rich heritage with a building resulting in the mutilation of twenty-two thousand impoverished laborers?

Honestly though, I find the love story in a typical Rahul-Anjali nonsense from a Karan Johar movie more fascinating than the one smeared in blood out here. But do I support CM Adityanath’s action? Keeping emotions aside, we cannot overlook that the Taj is but a source of income for numerous tea-stallers, shop keepers, guides, and drivers in North India. They, irrespective of their ancestral roots, are Indians and anything that keeps their kitchen running is vital to the fabric of India.


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