Taj Mahal is the epitome of India; it portrays the rich culture of the golden days of India – which is globally recognised. The glory of Taj cannot be diminished when some obtuse political leader calls it ‘a blot on Indian culture’ built by ‘traitors’; it rather signifies the impact and deep roots of that enormous structure. It is just distressing to see the extent of resentment we have in our minds, towards each other.

India’s pride of pride, one of the seven wonders of world, a UNESCO heritage site and one of the very few spots visited by national and international tourists – all round year – went missing in the tourist guidebook of Uttar Pradesh. But, well, that was fine, the Taj doesn’t need itself to be listed in a flimsy state-published book – the place is not even close to being short of tourists or being affected by this move. The only effect of ‘Taj missing from UP tourism booklet’ was receiving international-awe over the tactics of the radically religious cleric leader of the state.

And to take it up the notch, a contentious politician named Sangeet Som from the ruling party called the Taj Mahal a ‘blot to Indian culture’. Okay, so the whole world is lunatic, the UNESCO is lunatic and billions of tourists who come here in India just to visit Taj Mahal are goons – because they all think that Taj is the epitome of India’s culture and heritage. Oh and there is more from witty Mr. Som; he said, “Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? Do you call it a history when the one who built the Taj targeted many Hindus in Uttar Pradesh and Hindustan? If this is history, then it is very unfortunate and we will change this history, I guarantee you.”. I am mind-blinded by the shine of Mr. Som’s enormous knowledge! But was he high while delivering this speech or something?

Time for facts, peeps. Most of us know that Shah Jahan – the Muslim Mughal emperor had built the Taj Mahal in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal in 1643. Emperor Shah Jahan’s father was Emperor Jahangir who died in Kashmir where he went to seek treatment for his health. So with absolutely no doubts, Shah Jahan DID NOT imprison his father. Mr Som, which school did you study in, again? Oh and since it is about facts, there’s something which is absolutely unchangeable – and that is HISTORY. It cannot be erased, even if you turn heads down, toes over.

As a matter of fact, again, Mr Som’s statements are dire and they don’t even wrinkle the pride of Taj; also, he has the history of making controversial comments. So much that he was even charged for stroking tensions during communal riots in Muzzafarnagar, which killed 63 people in 2013. After getting blistered with downpour of heated criticism and condemns, UP CM Yogi went ahead to repair the damage caused by words of Som and said that the Taj Mahal was built by the blood and sweat of Indians and it doesn’t matter of who built it and why it was built. Okay, if that was meant to repair, well then it is not helping. Such ignorance; yet Taj is standing ever-so-proudly, and it will do so, for centuries to come, no matter what. But I just want to ask – WHAT HAVE WE BECOME?