Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Yes, favourite wife, you guessed it right. Though it is sometimes referred to as a monument of Love, Mumtaz Mahal was Shahjahan’s Fourth Wife (or some refer second or third) out of his Seven Wife’s.

Mumtaz Mahal was betrothed to Shah Jahan around 30 January 1607, when she was 13 years old at the time and he was 15. They were, however, married five years after the year of their betrothal on 30 April 1612 in Agra. During the intervening years between their betrothal and marriage, Shah Jahan had gotten married to his first wife, Kandahari Begum (a Safavidprincess) in 1609 and in 1617, after marrying Mumtaz, took a third wife, Izz-un-Nissa Begum (titled Akbarabadi Mahal), the daughter of a prominent Mughal courtier.

Mumtaz died while giving birth to the 14th Child. Shah Jahan in his lifetime had collected 2000 women in his harem! But if indeed, Shah Jahan shared that special intimacy with Mumtaz, then wouldn’t he have noticed her body, visibly, weakening and crumbling, right before his eyes, with each successive pregnancy?

Under Aurangzeb’s long rule (1658-1707), the Mughal empire reached the height of its strength. However, his militant Muslim policies, including the destruction of many Hindu temples and shrines, undermined the enduring strength of the empire and led to its demise by the mid-18th century. In 1632 he ordered all Hindu temples recently erected or in the process of erection to be torn down.

Around 20,000 people worked day and night for twenty two years to complete construction of the Taj Mahal. The food for these workers were arranged from the remaining areas. People were forced to give away their agricultural produce in form of taxes to feed these workers. The cost of construction of the Taj Mahal was around Rs.320 million. These funds were again a part of taxes which was collected from the people.

According to one gruesome (and most likely sensational) story, Shah Jahan had his minions cut off the hands of the Taj Mahal’s architect and his workers after the structure was completed, ensuring they would never build another of its kind.

The invaders were like a cloud of locusts destroying and devouring everything on their way.  Professor K.S.Lal in his book “Growth of Muslim population in India” has said that according to his calculations- the Hindu population declined by 80 million between AD 1000 and AD 1525- probably the biggest ever holocaust in world history. 8 crore Hindus were slaughtered by foreign Muslims in this period.

After such brutality on Indians by an Islamic Mughal Invader do we really need to consider Taj Mahal as a part of Proud Indian History. Or is Taj Mahal a sign and a proof of decades of torcher Indians went through.

But still we have few Pseudo Secular in search of a career have an agenda to glorify Rapist, Murderer Islamic Invaders. Pseudo Secular believe that even though Islamic Invaders murdered people, rapped and killed women it still can be ignored because at least they build something.

We already have many other things in India which we can be proud of, we have our rich culture, our Forts built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, our diversity, languages and much more.

Hopefully we Indians, learn from our past and do not allow these Invaders nor their existence rule us in any way.

Jai Hind!!!


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