Indian Pol Muhammad Azam Khan Says it Should Have Never Been Built
The Taj Mahal is noted on many lists as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, hooking more than 2 million visitors a year and landing on the list of the 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World. But it should have never been built. So says one prominent Indian politician who sparked a firestorm of controversy recently when he said that if he could, he would have “willingly led a mob” to demolish the world-famous monument.
Muhammad Azam Khan (pictured at left), the urban development minister in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, called the white marble palace a waste of the country’s money. The Taj Mahal was built by emperor Shah Jahan as a shrine to his third wife in the 1600s. “Shah Jahan had no right to spend [millions] from the public coffers on his sweetheart,” Azam Khan was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
Azam Khan told Tehelka, an Indian political magazine, that… “The hard-earned wealth of people is meant only for the people. Shah Jahan committed a grave sin by splurging public money on the highly extravagant projects like the Taj Mahal.”