Why the iconic Taj Mahal is a victim of prejudice; Karan Thapar; Hindustan Times


India – Taj Mahal

The UP government’s attitude to the World Heritage Site in Agra is more than negligence. It suggests deliberate disregard.

It could either be rank ignorance or plain prejudice and I have a hunch I know which it is. The UP government’s attitude to the Taj Mahal is more than negligence. It suggests deliberate disregard. And the chief minister’s belated reassurance – from Kerala of all places – does little to dispel my doubts.

The Taj is unquestionably India’s biggest tourist attraction. It’s renowned as one of the seven Wonders of the World. Tagore called it “a tear drop on the cheek of time”. Unesco considers it a World Heritage Site. Many travel to India just to see it. And a picture by the Taj is what everyone wants.

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