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Wah Taj! Really?

While the SC expends its energy on shouting at the authorities to save the Taj Mahal, let’s look at the 17th century mausoleum’s sad state of affairs

 
By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Thursday 12 July 2018
It is time we had more clarity, otherwise, another few decades later discolouration will again be the headline and by then it may be too late to save the Taj. Credit: Vikas Choudhary
It is time we had more clarity, otherwise, another few decades later discolouration will again be the headline and by then it may be too late to save the Taj. Credit: Vikas Choudhary It is time we had more clarity, otherwise, another few decades later discolouration will again be the headline and by then it may be too late to save the Taj. Credit: Vikas Choudhary

Wah Taj! Really?

It’s not the first time this happened and it won’t be the last: The Supreme Court blasted the Centre, Uttar Pradesh government and the Archaeological Survey of India for failing to preserve the Taj Mahal.

This was yesterday when the apex court got angry at them and said, "There is absolutely no willingness to protect the Taj Mahal. It has to be protected. Either we will shut it down or you demolish or restore it.”

Obviously this is not the first time the SC has lost its cool over the preservation of the iconic monument. Just two months ago, it had asked the Centre if the ASI was capable of looking after the Taj. On noticing that the monument, which had earlier turned yellow, was now going brownish and greenish in colour, the apex court said, “This situation would not have arisen if the ASI would have done its job. We are surprised with the way the ASI is defending itself. You (Centre) please consider if the ASI is needed there or not.”

Let’s back track a little and take a look at the factors that threaten the seventh wonder of the world, how authorities’ knee-jerk reaction to Taj Mahal’s discolouration affected petha-making units and a timeline of steps taken or planned to preserve the historic monument.

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