Hindutva’s latest: Taj Mahal vanishes!; Deccan Herald

India – Taj Mahal

Built as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s seven wonders. Rabindranath Tagore memorably described it as “a teardrop on the cheek of time.” The Unesco recognises it as a world heritage site. The Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 carried a picture of the Taj Mahal so that if the spaceship was discovered by intelligent extraterrestrial beings, they would know that earthlings were capable of building some-thing so beautiful. It appears that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, where the iconic monument is situated and draws tourists from around the world, couldn’t care less, going by a tourism brochure brought out by it.

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