No need to reopen history: SC throws out petition to remove ‘wrong’ historical facts about Taj Mahal

A plea seeking the removal of wrong historical facts about the Taj Mahal’s construction from history books and finding its age was denied Monday by the Supreme Court.

The petitioner should go to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and make a representation, said Justices M R Shah and C T Ravikumar.

PILs aren’t meant for fishing inquiries. We’re not here to rewrite history. Don’t stop history. As a result, the writ petition is dismissed. It’s okay for the petitioner to make representations to the ASI. “We haven’t expressed any merits,” the bench said.

In a petition filed by Surjit Singh Yadav, the Supreme Court asked the Center to take down alleged wrong historical facts about the Taj Mahal’s construction from textbooks and history books. As part of the petition, the ASI was told to look into the Taj Mahal’s age.

It turns out that a magnificent mansion already existed at the site where Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal’s body was buried.

Shah Jahan’s chroniclers don’t mention the name of the architect of this magnificent mausoleum. That pretty much proves that Raja Man Singh’s mansion wasn’t demolished but only modified and renovated into the Taj Mahal we see today. “So there’s no mention of an architect in the accounts of the court chroniclers of Shah Jahan,” the plea said.

It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the 17th century.

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