One BK Ayyangar, approached the ASI through an RTIapplication saying that the
Taj Mahal was really "TejoMahalaya", built by the Hindus and gifted to Mughal
Emperor Shah Jahan by RajputKing Maan Singh.
Claiming to be a historian, one PN Oak said he had written a book"Taj Mahal:
The True Story", arguing that Taj Mahal was originally aShiva temple gifted to
Oak had approached the Supreme Court in 2000 on his thesis but the SupremeCourt
dismissed the case, accusing him for having 'a bee in his bonnet' aboutthe Taj
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed theUnion culture ministry
to clarify the status of the Taj Mahal .
Clarify whether Taj Mahal is mausoleumor temple: CIC to govt
The Hindus (especiallythe BJP/RSS type) have long been feeling inadequate &
inferior over their insignificantrole in history and have decided to do
something about it.
In particular, the Second Millennium sawassorted invaders enter Hindustan
starting with Mahmud of Ghazni in c 1000 CEand ending with Brexit in 1947.
The Hindu elites have been smarting at theirfailure to confront and overthrow
the invaders. As a result, the Hindutva elites(mostly the upper castes) are
trying hard to make India a global power by aneconomic and military route but
at the cost of the health and wellbeing of thepoorer people.
The Hindutvalas also have a project of revenge against the Muslims for
theircenturies of control of Hindustan. In 2002, some 2000 were massacred in
Gujarat(with Modi as CM) and more recently Muslims are being lynched on flimsy
proteststo do with cows and beef (Modi is PM). [Mind you, there is no similar
vengeful programme against the British.The Hindu elites are grateful to the
British for creating the Indian state& all its institutions. ]
The Hindutvalashave next sought to falsify history:
- they go back to ancient (Vedic) times when dates and data are uncertain
andclaim glorious accomplishments such as implanting animal organs onto humans
(asin the case of god Ganesh) and achieving interplanetary travel.
- they distort more recent historical incidents or simply fabricating events.
- the Taj Mahal was really a Rajput monument gifted to the Moghuls
- India won the 1962 War by defeating the Chinese.
In HinduRashtra, anything goes –ethics, tolerance or historical truth can be