Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Taj Mahal a controversy beyond love

This article is about the brawl which has been created by the Politicians to keep India divided for their selfish motives through Taj Mahal. Read to understand what it is all about…!

Taj Mahal from River Yamuna side...
It was in the month of September 2017 that Taj Mahal was removed from the Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet after Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) came into power and Yogi Adityanath was made the Chief Minister. To cover the blunder first Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the famed monument does not reflect Indian culture. Later, Sangeet Som, a controversial lawmaker of the ruling BJP, has said the monument was built by "traitors" and is a "blot on Indian culture". It is so easy for these people to term the monument which is a World Heritage site to be a Muslim one.

They are not aware that the government is not only getting handsome revenue from this monument, above all, India and Taj Mahal is somewhat synonyms in the world. In the year 2013-14 revenue collected was Rs. 21.82 crores; in 2014-15 it was Rs. 21.23 crores and in 2015-16 it was Rs. 17.87 crores. It is a huge amount which is coming from Taj Mahal but on the other hand, it has seen a downslope post BJP coming to power in the Centre. Reasons known to all!

But what is the major problem regarding Taj Mahal that makes few fanatic forces to pull this silent pride of India into controversy? Taj Mahal according to historical facts was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved Queen Arjumand Banu Begum alias Mumtaz Mahal. The land for the same was purchased from Raja Jai Singh and in return 40 villages were given as compensation by Emperor to Raja. But the present day fools who want to keep their selfish motives atop say that Taj Mahal has been built after destroying Hindu Temple. Here it is important to quote Indian Historians in this matter. Historian R C Majumdar, in this regard, writes, “The Taj Mahal, a splendid mausoleum built by Shah Jahan, at a cost of fifty lacs of rupees, over the grave of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, is rightly regarded as one of the wonders of the world for its beauty and magnificence.”  Another historian S K Saraswati writes, “But all the above architectural creations of Shah Jahan are thrown into shade by that superb conception of the mausoleum that the emperor raised up at Agra to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved consort, Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal, as it is called after the title of the empress, stands on an elevated ground on a bend of the river Jamuna so that it has a fine view from whatever angle it is seen.”

The people who are advocating that Taj Mahal has been built after the destruction of Hindu Temple ‘Tejo Mahalaya’ that belonged to Lord Shiva argument that the building was never built by Shah Jahan. They have proved this after a process of carbon 14 dating on a piece of wood from a door on the north facade of the Jumuna River's bank. (Even a fool can understand that the wood which would have been used would have been of a tree, which would have been a strong one. No tree can become strong to produce good wood in just one year, it has to be an aged one). However, a conclusive dating can be done only by several radio-carbon tests of different samples from the edifice: wood, marble, metal, stones, etc. (all of these cannot be made in one or 20 years process, nature takes several years to create them) Therefore, I totally disagree with the evaluation of age of Taj Mahal through the process of carbon dating.

The beauty of Taj Mahal is that the two sarcophagi are built on the first floor just above the real sarcophagi which are in a quiet room below, under the garden level. This is a proof of Islamic culture wherein the real graves are in the basement and the look-alike is created on the upper floor. One can travel the Islamic world to understand this.

Why the hell this controversy is being played in India? The reason is entirely my thought process that Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and we Indian are the custodians of it. These controversies have been designed and coined by the Western world who has always tried to divide the Indians. They will not get anything from this but they anticipate that to keep Indians at constant cold war amongst themselves will keep India away from progress. It is we who have to understand what is right and what is wrong!   

Disclaimer: These views are solely of the author.  

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