‘Lost his marbles’: Twitter reacts to Sangeet Som’s Taj Mahal comment
BJP MLA Sangeet Som said Taj Mahal was a ‘blot’ on Indian history.india Updated: Oct 16, 2017 18:49 IST
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Sangeet Som triggered a controversy as he declared that the Taj Mahal -- considered one of the world’s seven wonders -- did not deserve a place in India’s history.
The Uttar Pradesh MLA was speaking at a public gathering in Meerut. His remarks followed a recent debate over the monument after a new UP tourism booklet allegedly left out the Taj as one of the state’s main attractions.
“Many people were disappointed when Taj Mahal was removed from Indian history. What history are you talking about? The creator of the Taj Mahal (Mughal emperor Shah Jahan) imprisoned his own father. He wanted to wipe out Hindus from Hindustan,” Som is heard telling a crowd in a video. Shah Jahan never imprisoned his father Jehangir. It was Shah Jahan’s son, the sixth Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who placed him under house arrest at the Agra Fort.
Responding to Som’s comments, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi asked if the government would tell tourists not to visit the monument.
On Twitter, users took issue with Som saying that the Taj Mahal was a ‘blot’ on Indian culture. Many called out Som for trying to politicise the monument and pointed out his selective outrage. A few others defended Som’s right to his opinion.
Here is a selection of Twitter’s sharpest barbs against Som’s comments:
Anyone who calls the Taj Mahal a "blot on Indian culture" has very clearly lost the plot.— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) October 16, 2017
'Taj Mahal a blot, built by traitors,' says BJP lawmaker Sangeet Som.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) October 16, 2017
He must be against marbles, having lost his.
Taj Mahal is such a non issue but politicians will continue to try and divide this country aur yaha twitter pe hum RW LW khelte rahe hai— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) October 16, 2017
If you haven't seen Taj Mahal so far, maybe worth planning soon.— DoUHaveTheFever? (@sidin) October 16, 2017
Our Parliament House was built by Britishers. What should we do! Stop using it.— Apoorva (@AppyK_08) October 16, 2017
Discussing history of Taj Mahal will not solve any problem.
Apart from the hardcore Hindutva few I doubt even most Modi voters have a problem with the Taj Mahal. It's a national symbol of pride now.— Krishan Partap Singh (@RaisinaSeries) October 16, 2017
The blot on our culture is this plot that is unfolding. #TajMahal— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) October 16, 2017
Taj Mahal, indeed a heritage monument, will remain but has got nothing to do with Indian culture.— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) October 16, 2017
Owaisi abuses Shri Ram,it's his FoE.But if Sangeet Som express his opinion on Taj Mahal which is not religious place then its controversial!— Prashant P. Umrao (@ippatel) October 16, 2017