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Taj Mahal made by blood and sweat of Bharat Mata’s sons: Yogi Adityanath

The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier omitted Taj Mahal from a tourism department booklet, triggering a controversy.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2017 7:03 pm
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Days after BJP MLA Sangeet Som said Taj Mahal was built by “traitors”, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said the Mughal monument was “built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers”.

“It does not matter who built it and for what reason; it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Underlining that the Taj Mahal is an important monument, especially from a tourism perspective, Yogi Adityanath said it was his government’s priority to “provide facilities and safety to tourists”.

Yogi Adityanath is expected to visit Agra on October 25. He is likely to visit Taj Mahal and other monuments in the city.

Amid the controversy over the Uttar Pradesh government omitting Taj Mahal from a tourism department booklet,  Sangeet Som on Sunday questioned the historical significance of the monument saying it was built by a man who imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus. He said his government at State and Centre is working to erase the “blot” of Akbar, Aurangzeb and Babur from history books.

“Many people were pained to see that the Taj Mahal had been removed from the list of historical places… what history… which history… the person who made Taj Mahal imprisoned his father… he targeted the Hindus of Uttar Pradesh and India… if these people still find place in history, then it is very unfortunate… and I guarantee that history will be changed,” he said while addressing a gathering in Meerut.

Som had distorted facts saying Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, imprisoned his father. In fact, Shah Jahan was the one who was imprisoned till the end of his days by his son Aurangzeb.

Meanwhile, the BJP said it doesn’t share Som’s view on the Taj Mahal. BJP national spokesperson G V L Rao, however, said the Islamic rule was a period of extreme exploitation and intolerance.

“As a party, we do not have a view on any individual monuments. But, broadly speaking, the period of Islamic rule — around 800 years — was a period of extreme exploitation, insane barbarism and unprecedented intolerance to the other faith. If anyone tries to gloss over these facts, it will be actually distorting history. It is well documented by historians of world stature that Muslim invasion and its rule represented the most oppressive and regressive world over,” he told The Indian Express.

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    Nilesh Tendulkar
    Oct 18, 2017 at 12:32 pm
    Yogi leave Taj Mahal and just do your job man. Your State is economically backward, and your people have to go looking for job outside the state. Work for them, work for those women and girls who are subjected to rape, eve teasing. Work to control inflation and corruption. At least Indian of those days could sweat doing work. now there is no work at all.
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      Syed Kiyanoosh
      Oct 18, 2017 at 6:47 am
      All the monuments, buildings, palaces, temples, mosques etc were built by common labourers . No Muslim / Hindu / Christian rulers shared in the labour. How about the cution of the indigenous people by the Hindu invaders some 3000 years back ? All invaders behave in the same ways. Invasions are part of history. India is earning Millions of foreign currency because of the Monuments.
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        Manoj Pandey
        Oct 17, 2017 at 11:04 pm
        The truth is the Mughals (a mongrel race of invading Mongols and mainly Turks) had little control, and also were there for a short while. Babur founded the Mughal Empire in 1526 AD in some regions of India. He was almost defeated by the mighty Rana Sanga until the Rana was deceived by his own commander and later poisoned. Also by the death of Aurangzeb the Mughal Empire had technically ended due to the Rajputs, Marathas and Jats. Never ignore the great Yusuf Chak the ruler of Kashmir (his ancestor was recently converted from Hindus to Shia Islam) decimated the large force of the mighty Akbar several times. The Mughals were invaders and had little peace or control of India. The truly secular Maharana Pratap (his great and brave general was the mighty Hakim Khan Sur) did a job on Akbar. Quite in contrast to the Jews we never had a Hindu holocaust and if Hindus were attacked they hit back vigorously. Besides most Hindus are truly secular.
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          UC
          Oct 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm
          In 2001, Taliban destroyed the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. During the last 13 or so years, ISIS destroyed a number of historic sites in Syria and Iraq. It seems that now it is the Hindutva fanatic's turns to destroy Mughal era monuments in India. People such as Sangeet Som and Adityanath should be stopped before it is too late.
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            George Cruz
            Oct 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm
            The truth is that the state of UP is a bastion of illiterate/terror prone Muslims brainwashed with the islamic ideologies of Jihad/Sharia aka terror/killing. What the UP CM Yogi Adityanath is doing is important to cleanse the mindset of the illiterate Muslims who watch reruns of Mughal-E-Azam, get mesmerized and think that committing/terror and killing of innocent people is OK to preserve the ideologies of Jihad/Sharia. Should Yogi help to slow down the Islamization of UP as well as left oriented terror prone states like W.Bengal??????????? A DEFINITE YES. India definitely needs more capable/educated leaders like Yogi Adityanath.
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