Taj Mahal Controversy : Unexpressed MeaningSince Yogi Adityanath, a Mahant-turned-politician,took power in UP, the BJP government made the Taj Mahal an issue. The controversy started with his statement that the Taj Mahal is not a part of "Bhartiya Sanskriti". Then the Taj Mahal was dropped from the tourism booklet of the UP government. When there was wide spread opposition to this act of the UP govt., the CM is planning to visit Taj at Agra and even the govt. planning to give space to Taj Mahal in future tourism calendar.
In the mean while a controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som said that Taj Mahal is a blot on Indian culture. Sangeet Som, an accused of instigating riots in Muzaffar Nagar in 2013 that left over 60 dead and tens of thousands displaced. He is infamous for hate speeches and cow vigilantism. A not much educated MLA who had been ex director of a beef exporting company as per news reports, is calling Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar "traitors" and said their names would be removed from pages of history and he dared to say that history would be changed.
Now, seeing sharp reaction to what he said, he gave irrelevant clarification and BJP has distanced from the statements. Even though some BJP leaders are calling Taj Mahal a Shiv Mandir.
All these statements are made and Deepawali celebrations are being done in spite of the fact that the children are being dying in the home city of the CM, no employments are being generated, farmers are committing suicides.
To my mind whatever happening in UP is to polarise the voters in the name of Hindu-Muslim divide by uttering against Mughal monuments and glorifying Ayodhya and other places of Hindu sentiments. Riding on the sentiments is very easy than creating jobs and moping tears of farmers and providing quality health services in the state. This might be a testing of sentimental attachment of the to these issues as a preparation of 2019 general elections.
Let it be any thing but I am concerned with the rise of fundamentalists to the level that the Mahants, Sadhus and Sanyasis becoming MPs and CM ( constitutional posts) by taking oath in the name of constitution. They are mocking the very tenet of secularism of the constitution.