Days after BJP lawmaker Sangeet Som made some objectionable remarks about the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister noted that the monument was “built by the blood and sweat of Indians”,. BJP leader Sangeet Som had described the monument as a “blot on Indian culture” and a “symbol of slavery… built by traitors”.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath is also set to visit Agra on October 26, to survey the Taj and the Agra Fort, and “review schemes”. “It does not matter who built it and for what reason; it was made by the sons of Bharat Mata. It was built by the blood and sweat of Indian labourers. I don’t want to go into the depth of who built the Taj and why they made it,” Yogi Adityanath told reporters at his home base Gorakhpur. He said the monument was important to his government, especially “from the tourism perspective” and “it is our priority to provide facilities and safety to tourists there”.
The optics of the visit is important after BJP’s riot-accused legislator Sangeet Som’s comments disparaging the 17th-century marble mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and suggested that India’s history should be rewritten to erase Mughal emperors. “What history are we talking about? The man who built Taj Mahal imprisoned his father. He wanted to massacre Hindus. If this is history, then it is very unfortunate and we will change this history, I guarantee you,” Mr Som told a public meeting in Meerut on Sunday.