Taj Mahal Center of Political Dispute
India's most famous attraction, the Taj Mahal, is under attack by some members of the country's ruling party.
The most recent attack came from Sangeet Som, a lawmaker from the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP. According to Som, the monument is "a blot on Indian culture" that was built by "traitors."
This isn't the first time that India's Islamic past has come under attack by members of the BJP or other Hindu groups.
In Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, the government removed the Taj Mahal from its official tourism booklet. The booklet was published earlier this month.
The federal government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been accused of trying to change history textbooks – especially India's past of Muslim rulers.
Som's comments drew criticism from federal lawmaker and Muslim leader Asaduddin Owaisi. He asked if the government would urge tourists not to visit the Taj Mahal and other monuments built by India's former Muslim rulers.
The BJP distanced itself from Som's comments. The party's general secretary, Vijay Bahadur Pathak, said the Taj Mahal is part of Indian pride. "Whatever Som said is his personal view. BJP has nothing to do with it," he noted.
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal built between 1632 and 1654 for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. He planned on being buried with her.
The Taj Mahal complex has their graves as well as several other graves of lesser Mughal royalty.
The monument is India's top tourist attraction. It draws some 3 million visitors every year.
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2.tourist attraction 旅游胜地
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5."Whatever Som said is his personal view. BJP has nothing to do with it," he noted.
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6.The Taj Mahal complex has their graves as well as several other graves of lesser Mughal royalty.
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最近的一次攻击来自印度人民党（BJP）立法委员桑吉特·索姆（Sangeet Som） 。据索姆称，泰姬陵由“叛徒”所建，是“印度文化的污点” 。
在印度人口分布最广的北方邦，政府将泰姬陵从官方旅游手册中移除 。该旅游手册将于本月初发售 。
总理纳伦德拉·莫迪（Narendra Modi）领导的联邦政府被控篡改历史教科书，尤其是关于印度穆斯林统治者的历史 。
联邦议员兼穆斯林领袖阿萨杜丁·奥维西（Asaduddin Owaisi）指责索姆的不当言论 。他质问政府是否会禁止游客游访泰姬陵及印度前穆斯林统治者建造的其他历史古迹 。
印度人民党也与索姆划清界限 。该党总书记维杰·巴哈杜尔·帕拉客（Vijay Bahadur Pathak）表示，泰姬陵是印度的骄傲 。他指出：“索姆的言论只是他个人的看法，不代表印度人民党的观点 。”
1632年至1654年，莫卧儿帝国君主沙贾汗为爱妻穆玛塔兹·玛哈尔（Mumtaz Mahal）修建了泰姬陵 。他打算与之合葬在此 。
泰姬陵是印度最知名的旅游景点 。每年吸引的游客约300万 。