Politics Of Taj Mahal: Supreme Court Order, Friday Prayers And Yogi

Taj Mahal, the symbol of love, has been in political news lately. Today, the Supreme Court order stayed demolition of a multi-level parking near the Taj Mahal. The parkting lot is not functional yet, but construction is in progress. The reason for demolition petition is that the two-storey parking lot with basement, could damage the Taj Mahal as it is nearby. Senior government lawyer, Tushar Mehta said the Supreme Court will be provided with all the details on the impact of the construction on the monument itself. The next hearing is on November 15.
While this is going on, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-Akhil Bhartiya Itihaas Sankalan Samiti demanded to ban the Friday prayers at Taj Mahal. As per the organization, Taj Mahal should not be considered a religious site and prayers should bot be performed. It is known that there are two mosques adjacent to Taj Mahal, which are still functional. They demanaded to allow Shiva puja be performed, as per Hindu rituals, if Namaz is allowed. Few member of Hindu Yuva Vahini forcibly entered the monument and recited ‘Shiv Chalisaa’ inside Taj premises. Hindu activists proclaim that there is enough evidence to establish that Taj Mahal was  Tejo Mahalya, a Shiva Temple and later converted to Taj Mahal by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. As per history books, Taj Mahal is constructed by Shahjahan, in memory of his beloved wife, Begum Mumtaz Mahal. Akhil Bhartiya Itihaas Sankalan Samiti which is a history wing of RSS, want to rewrite Indian history.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy, recently told that he has access to documents which suggest that Taj Mahal was built on stolen property by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Swamy proclaimed, “There is evidence on record that Shah Jahan forced the Raja-Maharajas of Jaipur to sell the land on which Taj Mahal is standing, and he gave them a compensation of forty villages, which is nothing compared to the property’s value”.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who remained silent on the issue so far, visited the Taj Mahal on Thursday, as a part of ‘swacchta abhiyaan’ (cleanliness drive). Yogi Adityanath led BJP government recently decided to leave the Taj out of its tourism department booklet. Amid BJP activists shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Chief Minister Yogi said that the monument was built by the sweat and blood of Indian laborers.