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Conservative Indian Lawmaker Faces Backlash After Claiming Taj Mahal 'Has No Place' In Indian History

By Mustafa Gatollari

When I was a kid, I had this awesome pop-up book that featured all of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was my favorite thing in the world, mostly because I learned how to read really late in life and picture books were the only ones I could enjoy, but also because of the wonderment each of those images instilled in me.

Once I actually learned how to read, though, I learned that there was a whole new set of "Modern Wonders" and my favorite among them was the Taj Mahal. Sure, the fact that I was a Muslim kid who was very familiar with the sight of minarets might have had something to do with it, but there's no doubt the building is ridiculously beautiful, and even my newly literate dumb-self could see that fact, plain and clear.

In fact, if you ask anyone to name a single monument, or building in India, or ask them to pick one image associated with the country, they'll probably mention the Taj Mahal.