Monument of love, the Taj Mahal, at heart of political storm

FILE- In this Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, Indian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayer at Shahi Masjid at the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India. India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm with some members of India's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)
FILE- In this June 7, 2012 file photo, an Indian man leaps in the air, left, as he poses for a picture as a couple has their picture taken in front of the landmark Taj Mahal in Agra, India. India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm with some members of India's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)
FILE- In this July 21, 2012 file photo, monsoon clouds hover over the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm with some members of India's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. (AP Photo/Pawan Sharma, File)
FILE- In this June 3, 2013 file photo, a worker sweeps in front of Taj Mahal in Agra, India. India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm with some members of India's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. (AP Photo/Pawan Sharma, file)
FILE- In this Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, Indian Muslim pray in front of the Taj Mahal on Eid al-Fitr in Agra, India. India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm with some members of India's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

LUCKNOW, India — India's famed Taj Mahal is finding itself at the heart of a political storm, with some members of the country's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture.

The most recent attack came this week when Sangeet Som, a lawmaker from the Bharatiya Janata Party, called the 17th century monument "a blot on Indian culture" that was built by "traitors."

But Som wasn't the first to attack the mausoleum that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built in the northern city of Agra in memory of his favorite wife.

The federal government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has also been accused of attempting to rewrite history textbooks, especially where India's past Muslim medieval rulers are concerned.

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