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IS TAJ

MAHAL
BLOT TO AN
INDIAN
CULTURE
AN ANALYSIS BY
Shamim CommonMuslim
WAS KING SHAHJAHAN RUTHLESS
LOOTERA OF INDIAN MONEY
First of all I would like to clarify that so far the history of King
Shahjahan is concerned people should not be confused that I will
speak in his favour being a Muslim, NO. But I read all the
available histories and tried myself to reconcile with those who
malign King Shahjahan and also who said that Taj is a blot to
Indian culture. One who malign the Indian King ShahJahan, as
the one who looted the Indian Treasury of Indian Public to build
Taj-Mahal sacrificing the lives of thousands and spilling sweat
and blood of hundreds to build the Taj should know that whatever
he looted was handed over to the Public of India in form of
investments, from which they have so far earned MORE THAN
300 times what he looted that day. So far torture of labours and
spilling of sweat is concerned how it could be proved AS THERE
IS NO HISTORY IN THESE REGARDS EXCEPT SOME
CHINESE WHISPERS. By the way 'spreading lies by
thousand peoples, one thousand times obviously makes a
HISTORY', which cant be denied. Moreover for the blame that it
is built upon Shivas Linga, I cant understand that what proof
they have at present in 2017 that beneath it lies Linga of Shiva.
Lets demolish the Taj and if it is established that they are true
then they may built Hindu Taj upon Muslim Taj thus REDUCING
ONE FEATHER FROM MUSLIM CAP & CULTURE AND
ADDING SUBSEQUENTLY ONE MORE FEATHER IN HINDU
CAP & CULTURE. If it is proved to be false then be assured no
one can build the same Taj again because it was not built upon
modern technology but some different knowledge too which is
better known to King Shahjahan only, may be the same
technology which was used by Prophet Solomon. (I dont
believe but many Muslims believe that and I have just put
their words here which is also once again a history). Anyway
I also found that Muslims are least bothered by Taj and about the
Taj as it is in no way going to give any benefits to them. But
erasing the Muslim monuments, their culture, and histories from
India will not change the truth that Muslims ruled India for
thousand years. Contrary to that in just 60 years India in our
hands have created so many Indian Shahjahans (all Hindus) in
such a short span of time that their loots in crores and crores of
Hard earned money of Indian Public in form of Income tax,
Service Tax, Commissions, GST, etc.is still beyond any analysis,
discussions, justification, compassion and its legality when
everything is so revealed, but still they are enjoying the loots of
Indian Public instead of being punished. It should be noted that
the Great Indian King Aurangzeb punished King Shahjahan
for his loot (better say now investment in the name of Taj).
THESE TAJ MALIGNERS SHOULD KNOW THAT KING
SHAHJAAN WAS PUNISHED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR
HIS LOOT (better say now investment in the name of
Taj). These maligners are now reaping the fruits of
investment made more than 300 years ago by King
Shahjahan, while the King himself spent his last days in
lifetime imprisonment remaining unaware THAT ONE DAY
THESE MALIGNERS INSTEAD OF PRAISING HIM FOR HIS
INVESTMENT WILL RATHER MAKE A HOLE IN THE SAME
DISH IN WHICH THEY ARE SERVED.

Lets PROCEED, TO ANALYSE these Modern Indian


ShahJahans and their LOOTS, who were and are never
discussed or highlighted by these Maligners of King Shahjahan.
There are more than 5000 Modern Shahjahani Looters with a
loot of more than crores in their account but the 10 most
distinguished are worthy to be mentioned here:
Sl The Modern Their Taj Mahal Loots
Shahjahans In
MILLIONS
of Rs
1 JATIN MEHTA, R WINSOME 32630
RAVICHANDRAN, DIAMONDS &
RAMESH JEWELLERY
PARIKH, JAI KUMAR LTD. &
KAPOOR (IND), FOREVER
MADAN PRECIOUS
KHURJEKAR, DILIP JEWELLERY &
TIKALE, DIAMONDS LTD
MRS. URVASHI
SAXENA
2 VIJAY ZOOM 16470
CHOUDHARY, B L DEVELOPERS
KEJRIWAL, PVT LTD
MICHAEL
STARTLING
3 VIJAY MALLYA KINGFISHER 12010
(DR), UNITED AIRLINES LTD
BREWERIES
(HOLDINGS)
LIMITED
4 DEEPAK K BETA 9510
BAWEJA, SATISH NAPHTHOL
D DESHPANDE,
KEWAK K
BAWEJA,
PREMNATH
PANDIT, SATYAPAL
PAHWA,
SURENDRA
SANMUKHANI
5 V K SHRIVASTAV RAZA TEXTILES 6940
LIMITED
6 D V RAMESH, K RANK 5510
SRINIVASA INDUSTRIES
RAO, S JAYADEV LIMITED.
7 PERUMTHOTATHIL XL ENERGY LTD 4130
RAVINDRANATHAN
VISHNU,
VKAS NAYYAR,
ANEESH
MITTAL, RITU LAL
KUMAR,
DINESH KUMAR
(MANAGING
DIRECTOR)
8 T Venkattram Deccan 4090
Reddy, T Chronicle
Vinayak Ravi Reddy, Holdings Ltd
P K Iye
9 Shri Mukesh Electrotherm 3850
Bhandari PAN (India)Ltd
AALPB1974B, Shri L29249GJ1
Shailesh
Bhandari PAN
AALPB1973G,
Shri Avinash
Bhandari PAN
ABRPB0303P, Shri
Nilesh
Desai PAN
ACMPD1404F, Shri
Ram Singh PAN
ALIPS3069E,
Brig Pradipkrishna
Prasad PAN
AEFPP2560
10 SUDARSHAN ZYLOG SYSTEM 3610
VENKATRAMAN, LTD
RAMANUJAM
SESHARATHNAM,
MP
MEHROTRA, P
SRIKANTH, M
GAJANATHAN

Just these only 10, Modern Shahjahans together looted Rs


98750 million from the hard earned money of Indian public
who sacrificed their sweat and blood each and every day to
provide the Tax to Government. And Government
subsequently handed over these sweat and blood of Indian
Public to these Modern Shahjahani looters for investment &
development of India.
Shahjahan only looted Rs 0.49 million and invested the loot
in form of Taj. Now the invested price of Rs 0.49 million in
1640 has grown to around Rs 1.62 billion i.e return of more
than 325%.Fortunately this will be the least starting price of
the Taj during its auction by the people like Som,
Subramanium or Adityanath in 2017 as it is a blot to an
Indian culture. Further, the loot of King Shahjahans
investment in form of Taj is also fetchingDIVIDENDS of
around Rs 250 million per year in form of foreign currency.
HAS ANY INDIAN AFTER INDEPENDENCE HONESTLY
INVESTED FOR THE INDIANS LIKE THIS INSTEAD OF
MAKING MONEY FOR THEMSELVES ONLY?
Some people have spoken against Taj but they have shown
their foolishness and their ignorance, illiteracy, hypocrisy and
showed zero knowledge about finance and investments. The
Politicians should instead of Taj, would have focused upon the
loots of these Modern Indian Shahjahans which has erased
around 7,00,000 million from Indian economy. Are our politicians
unaware of these Modern Shahjahans or are they behaving
hypocritically to hide the truth for just a simple cause to erase
the mementoes of Muslims rule in India. How selfish they
are. Huh?
The dividends from the investment made by King Shahjahan
around 375 years ago is highly required by our Government TO
COMPENSATE THE LOOTS OF THOSE INDIAN LOOTERAS
first and next to resolve the dangerous situations of our country
prevailing below:

1) Unemployment:
What should I say. Let the links speak:
a)https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&c
d=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjm4aTBtv_WAhUFS7wKHTT1B
WUQFggrMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.firstpost.com%2Fbusine
ss%2Fit-jobs-in-india-seen-declining-14-by-2021-as-automation-
puts-480000-workers-at-risk-
3500355.html&usg=AOvVaw3gbaFHyHdyh5uTzNhOR5Go

b)https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&c
d=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjm4aTBtv_WAhUFS7wKHTT1B
WUQFggxMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fthewire.in%2F91020%2Ftren
ds-manufacturing-sixth-economic-census-
2%2F&usg=AOvVaw0L0C00uTHyms9AgiuJ8pQN

c)https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&c
d=10&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjm4aTBtv_WAhUFS7wKHTT1
BWUQFghUMAk&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hindustantimes.com%
2Findia-news%2Fthree-years-of-modi-govt-job-creation-promise-
falls-short-as-unemployment-rate-up%2Fstory-
NiJ519kWe56MjNCfMtgEeO.html&usg=AOvVaw1ezUUiPGllUL1nXNr
HHrxP

d)https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&c
d=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjs8Nyst__WAhWEyLwKHUq1D
ncQFgg6MAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.firstpost.com%2Fbusine
ss%2Fwhere-are-the-jobs-mr-modi-
2731002.html&usg=AOvVaw1BoU-Y5ap9BqNBkOwcriZh

e)https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&c
d=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjs8Nyst__WAhWEyLwKHUq1D
ncQFghHMAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fthewire.in%2F137092%2Fden
ial-jobless-growth-unemployment-modi-
bjp%2F&usg=AOvVaw2S5laltysu3qk8JoNOxn89

2) Proverty:
a) More Than One Million TB Patients Lack Adequate Nutrition in India

http://www.indiaspend.com/cover-story/more-than-one-
million-tb-patients-lack-adequate-nutrition-81572

b) India Falls 3 Places In Latest Global Hunger Index, Ranks 100 Of


119 Nations
http://www.indiaspend.com/indias-great-challenge-health-
sanitation/india-falls-3-places-in-latest-global-hunger-
index-ranks-100-of-119-nations-11177

3) Girl Child abortion :


(These links will make us ashamed and our politicians are busy
in writing a Hindu history erasing the Muslims one as it was
unaware of the truth which the citizens are going through)
a) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/in
dia/8532190/Millions-of-female-foetuses-aborted-in-
India.html

b) http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/India-
loses-3-million-girls-in-
infanticide/article12551293.ece

c) http://time.com/3830874/2000-girls-killed-every-
day-india-minister/

d) http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/06/
female-foeticide-india-ticking-bomb-
150629090758927.html

e) http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/india-
witnesses-one-of-the-highest-female-infanticide-
incidents-in-the-world-54803

4) CHILD MARRIAGE:
84% Of 12 Million Married Children Under 10
Are Hindus

http://www.indiaspend.com/cover-story/84-of-12-million-
married-children-under-10-are-hindus-82446

NOTE: In spite of child marriage and abortions the


population of Hindus are around 85% indicating
their contribution in population explosion instead of
Muslims.

3) RAPE:
(These links will make us ashamed and our politicians are
busy in writing a Hindu history erasing the Muslims one
pretending to be unaware of the truth which the citizens are
passing through the days nowadays.. A VERY STRANGE
SITUATION IS PREVAILING IN INDIA WHERE SMALL
CHILDREN EVEN BABIES ARE NOW RAPED BY INDIAN
PSYCHOS who then walk free remaining unpunished. )

a) https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/13-yo-rape-
victim-from-mumbai-forced-to-quit-studies-to-take-care-of-
her-newborn-baby-331619.html

b) https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/five-month-old-
female-fetuses-found-in-commode-sanitation-tank-in-
bengaluru-s-hospital-331604.html

c) https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/7-yo-girl-raped-
murdered-by-her-uncle-who-went-to-drop-her-to-tuition-
class-in-kerala-
330660.html?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=cpc&utm
_campaign=indiatimes_desktop
https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/30-yo-woman-
returning-from-clinic-gangraped-at-gunpoint-in-front-of-
husband-child-in-up-
331203.html?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=cpc&utm
_campaign=indiatimes_desktop

d) https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/a-35-yo-woman-
sexually-assaulted-with-an-iron-rod-in-patna-dies-of-
horrific-injuries-331618.html

4)Electricity:
They say 100% electricity supply to villages have been achieved
but with no access to electricity to 92 % villages. AYE what is
this?
https://www.heraldgoa.in/India-Spend/India-Spend/In-2-Years-BJP-
Govt-Electrified-13523-Villages-Of-These-Only-8-Were-Completely-
Electrified/115654.html

Living in the Dark: 240 Million Indians Have No Electricity

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-
24/living-in-the-dark-240-million-indians-have-no-electricity

7) DEMONITISATION EFFECT:
Demonetisation to cost Rs 1.28
lakh cr, cost to companies Rs
61500 cr
According to estimates by the Centre for Monitoring Indian
Economy (CMIE), the cost of demonetisation during the 50-
day window till December 30, 2016 (the deadline for
converting all your old banknotes into new ones) would be
R1.28 lakh crore. Businesses are expected to pay the
biggest price of the demonetisation exercise, and the
immediate impact could be around R61,500 crore, almost
50% of the total cost of demonetisation, according to CMIE.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-
news/demonetisation-to-cost-rs-1-28-lakh-cr-cost-to-
companies-rs-61500-cr/story-
k4ppg6kWlS6RxTgqOQiaEI.html
Demonetisation: At Rs 7,965
crore, 133 per cent jump in
cost of printing currency
notes between July 2016 to
June 2017
According to the RBI, the surge in expenditure during the year was on
account of change in the production plan of printing presses due to
the introduction of new design notes in higher denominations as well
as the requirement of larger volume of notes for replacement of the
demonetised currency.
http://indianexpress.com/article/business/economy/at-rs-7965-
crore-133-per-cent-jump-in-cost-of-printing-currency-notes-
between-july-2016-to-june-2017-4821465/

5) FARMERS PLIGHT:
The links below are sufficient to establish the sufferings of
farmers which have increased during the days of PM Modi. The
things which is news is this: Talking to reporters after the
meeting wth PM, Rahul Gandhi said, This government has
waived off loans of Rs 1.40 lakh crore to corporates. So we urged
the government to waive off the loans of the farmers as well.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/rahul-gandhi-
meets-pm-modi-over-up-farmers-loan-waiver-issue/story-
5Fk24C2EGJtmtsNBdaZGQI.html
'Either Modi is lying or he doesn't understand agriculture'
September 02, 2017 10:41 IST
'The man who has been Gujarat's chief minister for 13 years
has no understanding of the ills affecting the farmers and
agriculture in India.' Says one of his party member
whidrawing his support form the Modi Government.

http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/exclusive-why-this-mp-
ditched-modi/20170902.htm

6) GANGA PROJECT:

The links are sufficient :


https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=
web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiFkqe-
7f_WAhVhJ8AKHV0OBlIQFggzMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2
Fwww.ndtv.com%2Findia-news%2Fmoney-wasted-rs-2-
958-crore-spent-to-clean-ganga-but-results-discouraging-
1439258&usg=AOvVaw1AYI8fkZeNYNfFpwmT0Q7Bb)

https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=
web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiFkqe-
7f_WAhVhJ8AKHV0OBlIQFgg8MAE&url=https%3A%2F%2
Fwww.thequint.com%2Fnews%2Findia%2Fpm-narendra-
modi-namami-
gange&usg=AOvVaw3bZRlvW9qnlmGYNpp8Oojkc)

https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=
web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiFkqe-
7f_WAhVhJ8AKHV0OBlIQFghEMAI&url=https%3A%2F%2F
www.indiatimes.com%2Fnews%2Findia%2Fa-whopping-rs-
7-000-crore-have-been-spent-so-far-but-ganga-still-
remains-polluted-
325889.html&usg=AOvVaw1WzXSLglJnMx6hj0Mb_3rbd)

https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=
web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiFkqe-
7f_WAhVhJ8AKHV0OBlIQFghVMAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2F
www.tribuneindia.com%2Fnews%2Fnation%2Fganga-
cleanup-rs-3-000-cr-spent-results-yet-to-
show%2F275349.html&usg=AOvVaw23tcKwQBv9SNqKnY
MfIeIC

https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=
web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiFkqe-
7f_WAhVhJ8AKHV0OBlIQFghdMAU&url=http%3A%2F%2F
www.moneylife.in%2Farticle%2Fonly-rs1958-crore-of-
rs3703-spend-on-ganga-clean-
up%2F47704.html&usg=AOvVaw3eh1Hok7CLfUm88VIHT6k
9

https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&c
d=7&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiFkqe-
7f_WAhVhJ8AKHV0OBlIQFghkMAY&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dail
ymail.co.uk%2Findiahome%2Findianews%2Farticle-
2654349%2FThe-great-Ganga-clean-disaster-How-PM-headed-
conservation-group-failed-meet-10-YEARS-spent-just-Rs-967-crore-
Rs-20-000-crore-set-aside-save-
river.html&usg=AOvVaw0f9AH9xPGUnRhT6UXqd9AO
3) DIYA RECORD:
Lavish celebration of Deepawali by Aditya yogiji, the
CM of UP, by burning tonnes of oil, and money in the
process. Record may or may not be set but what
about those poors who are still cooking their rice
once a day in India, yes in India, for want of oil.

http://www.india.com/news/india/yogi-adityanaths-grand-diwali-
celebrations-uttar-pradesh-government-to-lit-2-lakh-diyas-at-
ayodhya-
2535340/ https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source
=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj4leGd8v_WAhWILMA
KHX44C3gQFghNMAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.news18.com%2F
news%2Findia%2Fyogi-adityanath-to-light-2-lakh-diyas-at-ayodhya-
as-part-of-grand-diwali-celebrations-
1547373.html&usg=AOvVaw0CjVcg_MQ0ecyybCmWURTQ
4) Would be 100 feet
high RAM IDOL:
For this integrated development of Ayodhya, the state
government had sent a detailed project report (DPR) of Rs
195.89 crore to the Tourism Ministry at the Centre and the
Ministry has so far provided Rs 133.70 crore to the state.
Details below:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/yogi-adityanath-
government-proposes-grand-statue-of-ram-at-ayodhya-
river-banks-in-uttar-pradesh-4882631/
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ENOUGH MONEY HAS BEEN WASTED IN ALL THOSE
IRREGULAR EXPENDITURES. I AGREE TO THE POINT THAT
IF KING SHAJJAHAN IS TO BLAMED ONCE, THEN THESE
MODERN SHAHJAHANS ARE TO BE BLAMED 14.28
MILLIONS TIMES, KEEPING THE RATIO OF LOOTS (0.49
MILLIONS BY KING SAHJAHAN is to 700000 MILLIONS BY
MODERN SAHJAHANS). HONESTLY SPEAKING YOU CANT
ERASE THE HISTORY OF THE MUSLIM DOMINANCE AND
RULES AS AN INDIAN RULERS WHO RULED FOR MORE
THAN 800 YEARS IN INDIA. DONT REMAIN STUCK IN THE
HISTORICAL MYTHS, AND INSTEAD GIVE ATTENTION TO
THE PRESENT CARKS OF OUR COUNTRY DISCUSSED
ABOVE, WHICH REALLY MATTERS, NOT THE TAJ WHICH IS
STILL PROVIDING MILLIONS OF RUPEES TO INDIAN
BUDGET BUILT BY A MUSLIM RULER.

INDIAN RULER SORRY !!!!


Indian history is clean about the fact
that who looted India more than whom
and who looted whom !!!
Shamim CommonMuslim
I would like to present the article published in
scroll below which is self-explanatory and
worth reading in this regard:
Scroll.in
Friday, October 20th 2017

Blot on Indian culture: Sangeet Som


is recycling old myths about the Taj
Mahal (and Shah Jahan)
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh
Sharma too need some history lessons.
Dr John Murrays images of the Taj Mahal taken between
1858 and 1862 are recognised as the first photographs of the
monument. Oct 18, 2017 08:00 am

In calling the worlds most gorgeous building a blot on Indian


culture, the Bharatiya Janata Partys Sangeet Som mixed up the
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan with his successor Aurangzeb.
In Soms world, Shah Jahan, who commissioned the Taj Mahal,
imprisoned his father, while in fact, as most Indians know, he
was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in his last years. Uttar
Pradeshs Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, obviously a
card-carrying member of the Raving Loony Hindutva
History gang, backed Som up, contending that the Mughal
tradition of sons killing fathers went against the grain of Indian
culture. As it happens, no Mughal prince or king ever killed his
father, but histories of Hindu Rajputs record at least two
patricides. Rana Kumbha of Mewar was killed by his son Uday
Singh in 1468 CE, and the princes Bakht Singh and Abhay Singh
murdered their father Ajit Singh of Marwar in 1724. So much for
Indian culture.

This is not to suggest Mughals were ethically superior to Rajputs.


Mughal history isnt short of fratricides and betrayals and, had
the rebellions of Jehangir against his father Akbar, or Shah
Jahan against his father Jehangir succeeded, theres no telling
whether theyd have spared the deposed emperors life.

Sharma went on to repeat a well-known calumny against Shah


Jahan, one that involves workers hands being cut off. Its a story
that got attached to the Taj Mahal at some point, as if something
so beautiful could not exist without a dreadful shadow, and has
made its way into the popular conception of Mumtaz Mahals
mausoleum. Such tales exist in many cultures, adhering to real
or mythical edifices. The Russian Czar Ivan the Terrible is
supposed to have killed Postnik Yakovlev, architect of Moscows
famed St Basils Cathedral, to prevent him from surpassing that
masterpiece. Even the namesake of the Agra tomb, Bombays
Taj Mahal hotel, has a myth attached to it, about the architect
jumping off the top floor after discovering his plan had been
turned back to front.

Had an outrage of the kind Sharma describes actually occurred


in Shah Jahans time, we would have heard about it from
European chroniclers, who were always on the lookout for
salacious gossip, and not above manufacturing myths. Father
Sebastian Manrique falsely credited the Italian Geronimo
Veroneo with designing the Taj, presumably because he couldnt
imagine an Asian dreaming up something so fabulous. A number
of European writers, beginning with Johannes de Laet as early
as 1631, the year Mumtaz Mahal died, spread the rumour that
Shah Jahan and his eldest daughter Jahanara Begum were
lovers. Oriental Despot Maims Artisans would have been a
headline too tempting to resist.

Obviously, the hand-cutting myth was born decades after the


mausoleum was completed, though long before the equally false
myth of the Taj being a Shiva temple. I wouldnt put it past
Hindutvavadis to tout the temple theory while also condemning
Shah Jahan for an atrocity related to a building that, in their
minds, he did not construct. After all, consistency is the
hobgoblin of little minds.

Separating truth from lies

The truth, for those petty minds interested in consistency and


historical accuracy, is less bloody. Shah Jahan was an inveterate
builder from a very early age. Jehangir wrote in his memoirs
about visiting his most talented son in Kabul when Khurram was
a mere 15-year-old, On Friday, the sixth of Rabi II (July 30,
1607) I went to the house Khurram had built in Orta Bagh truly
a harmonious structure. The Taj Mahal is obviously Shah
Jahans greatest achievement but, had it not existed, he would
still be counted among the worlds most prolific and important
builders.

In the period when the Taj was rising on the Yamunas bank, and
the years after, the emperor commissioned dozens of projects in
Agra, Delhi, Lahore, and provincial capitals such as Ajmer.
These were all built in a style characteristic of his reign, using
similar materials and decorative techniques. Its likely that the
best artisans worked on a number of sites, moving to a new
construction after their work in one location was complete.
Chopping off their hands would have meant having to find a huge
number of craftspeople proficient in the same techniques. And
good workers werent any easier to come by in those days than
they are today, especially when a patron had Shah Jahans
exacting eye.

Historical records reveal that artisans working for the Mughals


were paid reasonably well. Although we routinely condemn the
exploitation of British colonialism, we have not entirely absorbed
the fact that per capita incomes in India peaked under Mughal
rule and fell consistently during the period of British dominance.
Artisans, in particular, were very hard hit in the 19th century.
However, though ordinary Indians were better off in the 17th
century than in the 19th, thats not to say the majority lived cushy
lives. Most Indians struggled to make ends meet in both eras,
and getting a gig with the richest man in the world was a good
way to stave off poverty. We should think of craftspeople
involved in Mughal projects not as slave labour or egregiously
exploited workers but rather as professionals whose talents and
services were in demand and who received a relatively
comfortable wage as reward for their work.

Uttar Pradeshs Chief Minister Adityanath, in response to the


controversy following Soms speech, said the Taj was Indian
because it was made by the blood and sweat of Indian labourers.
It was a clever way of side-stepping the issue while also subtly
alluding to the myth of severed hands. The Taj was certainly built
with the sweat of Indian labourers, but blood, not so much.

The final mistaken contention of the Som-Sharma faction is that


Shah Jahan was a foreigner. Its an odd claim to make about a
man who spent his entire life within the Indian subcontinent and
its near vicinity, and who had three Rajput grandparents along
with one of mixed Persian and Central Asian ancestry. Shah
Jahan was at least as Indian as Leo Varadkar is Irish or Barack
Obama is American.

We can put down two versions of the Taj Mahals history. In one,
it is commissioned by a foreigner who imprisons his father,
sleeps with his daughter, bankrupts the economy with his
extravagances, and commits unspeakable crimes against
craftspeople. The second story is of an Indian ruler with
immaculate taste who loves his wife dearly, appreciates artisanal
skill, and pays labourers a living wage. The truth does not lie
somewhere in between.

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