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Shah Jahan trends on Twitter courtesy Azam Khan
Politicians making headlines, with their irrelevant thoughts and foot in mouth moments, is no longer a rare sight. Azam Khan's recent statement, 'had people gone out to demolish the Taj Mahal, he would have led them', drew its fair share of criticism. However, Twitter as usual saw the funny side of this issue too and Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan started trending with jokes, sarcasm and wit on the micro-blogging platform.

Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and minister in Akhilesh’s cabinet, Mohammed Azam Khan made the statement on last Sunday, after he distributed cheques to students and unemployed youths under the various schemes of the state government. Apparently he had the best interest of the people in mind, when he said that Shah Jahan had no right to spend public money when his subjects were suffering due to the lack of basic amenities in his kingdom.

The Tweeple, however, did not pay heed to his intentions and had a gala time tweeting and re-tweeting funny 146 characters on the virtual world. One of the Tweeples supported the minister saying, “Shah Jahan did splurge needlessly on Mumtaz. He should have bought her The Taj Mahal during sale season at Zara.” Another took the opportunity to crack a joke on his better half, “Shah Jahan is in news for splurging on wife. Most of us have done it, grudgingly of course.”

Giving a reality check to the minister was another humble Twitterati, who wrote, “Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan wants to demolish TAJ MAHAL since Shahjahan wasted Public funds in 17th Century!!”

“Had Facebook been around during Shah Jahan's times, he'd have built a Tag Mahal,” another frantic social network lover, wrote. Some even put words in Shah Jahan's mouth tweeting, “Rattled by attack from Azam Khan, Shah Jahan clarifies Taj Mahal was built actually by his nephew.”

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A Lover of Taj
People can't plumb the abyss in which this flighty minister's mind works. He tried to kill many birds with one stone. He belongs to Rampur, an erstwhile princely state. Nawabs of Rampur are still loved and well respected and there is an aura of tehzeeb and sharafat around the royals. Being jealous of the esteem pf Rampur royal family, even after defeating them in election, he has not been able to get rid of his complexes. Demolishing is not the sole trait of fanatics of India. Way back in 1920, the Royal House of Al-e-Saud had demolished the graves of Bibi Fatima, the daughter of Hazrat Mohammed (PBUH), Imams and Companions of Prophet Mohd (PBUH) at Madina. The sacred graveyard could seen dilapidated even today. It is very very difficult to build any thing new. It needs few shovels and a destructive mind to uproot any edifice. It is easier for any one to sense the proclivities of this man. On the one side he was cashing on the issue of demolition and on the other side he was propagating the ideology of new Schools of Thoughts that are mushrooming with the petro-dollars. Very recently these new vigilanti brigade have Islam have bombed and demolished many shrines in Afghanistan, Africa, Syria and Iraq. They belong to the same school who had destroyed the Budhdha's sculptures in Afghanistan. This man is the victim of very complex historical warp. He mentioned Mayawati just to give tp make it contemporary and score a browny point. Taj Mahal and Shah Jahan were just alibi of his arguments.
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