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Taj Mahal is India’s pride: Alphons Kannanthanam

Kannanthanam's comment comes a day after Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Sangeet Som questioned the 17th-century architectural marvel place in India's heritage and said history would be rewritten to erase Mughal emperors from it.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 17, 2017 11:39 pm
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Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam said on Tuesday that the Taj Mahal was “India’s pride” and core of tourism circuit, after a BJP MLA questioned the monument’s place in the country’s heritage. “Taj Mahal is India’s pride. There is no doubt, we hold pride in Taj Mahal,” he told a private news channel in Thiruvanathapuram.

He also said the government had “elaborate plans” for the historical monument. Stating that BJP’s stand on the issue was very clear, Kannanthanam said, “Taj is core of tourism circuit. The UP government is developing new destinations and Taj is already hugely popular.”

Kannanthanam’s comment comes a day after Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Sangeet Som questioned the 17th century architectural marvel place in India’s heritage and said history would be rewritten to erase Mughal emperors from it.

Som, the party’s legislator from Sardhana, also distorted history to say it was built by an emperor who had imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus.

Announcing that he would visit Agra next week to review tourism schemes, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today that the Taj Mahal was a historical monument regardless of the emperor who had built it. “It is immaterial as to who and how the Taj Mahal was built… It was made by the sweat and blood of Bharat Mata’s sons,” the chief minister said in Gorakhpur.

Som’s comments on the Taj Mahal had come after the Adityanath government reportedly omitted the 17th century monument from an official booklet on tourist destinations.

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    Santanu Roy
    Oct 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    These edifices,these tombs, these battlements,these forts, haughty relics of the conceit of emperors, one left behind like resilient creepers on the face of the world, seeped in the blood of our forefathers My love,those artful hands who created this beauty would have lived and loved too,but their lovers are long gone,nameless, without a trace To this day,no one has lit A candle in their memory The lush gardens and palaces, the Yamuna's edge the exquisitely curved portals, the arches and riches, the handiwork of the one emperor who,buttressed by infinite wealth has mocked our very love our impoverished,des ute love.............
    1. Zavith Basha
      Oct 18, 2017 at 12:08 pm
      Look at the time when this people stir the controversial speech, we are suffering from malnutrition, employment problems, farmers dying and economy is under huge fall. Let them talk about development which our PM committed Don't take serious about jumlas
      1. K
        Kamal Pasha
        Oct 18, 2017 at 2:24 am
        India does not have any commendable structure made by Hindu Rajas or Maharajas or the ancestors of BJP/RSS etc etc etc. All beautiful structure have bee made by Mughals and British. Hindus only worked as daily wage labours.
        1. N
          Oct 18, 2017 at 1:27 am
          they first created controversy to polarize the communities. but they know they will not be able to sustain it as taj Mahal is world renowned masterpiece. in fact many outside ppl know india just becoz of taj Mahal. So the new story that it was built with indian labor to have a face saver later. these are shallow and mean politicians with no dignity.
          1. J
            Oct 18, 2017 at 12:57 am
            BJP has those characters if they were my family members I would have disowned them....... They are shame for India....and shd be booted out by all sensible people.... What good has BJP done that we can proud of them on international stage.....except bringing shame by such characters like som, yogi, sadhvis, sants, Baba's......
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