I used to await its arrival from my brother’s office, on a sharing basis eagerly.
The year was 1967-68, when I was studying my PUC in Hyderabad.
The cover price of the magazine was Rs.3/.
It used to be sold in the black market anywhere between Rs.15 and 30!Mind you, it was basically a political magazine,famous for its question and answer section, by Baburao Patel and he was such a Wit, I am yet to find one who has such a sharp intellect and courage.
He spared none.
An agnostic, leaning towards Hinduism, he publishes a series of articles by.Professor Oaks on ‘Taj Mahal a Hindu Temple.
I used to read the articles very keenly and since I could not understand much of it (I was 17 then) and thought that I would study it after I gained some knowledge.
But then one gets busy in the mundane realities of Life and as every one , I was busy eking out my livelihood and could not afford the reference books mentioned in Oaks’s articles as they were very costly, were not easily available.
It has taken 37 years for me to refer to the books and articles on the Taj Mahal Myth.
I had been to Benares, Gaya and Allahabad last December and I went to the Taj Mahal for the third time in my life.
During my earlier visits, It never struck me to take down notes
This time around , I collected some details of the Taj Mahal, with an intention to write about it,
Then promptly forgot about it.
Till , one of my readers,Sanjay Prasad, asked me whether I would write on this controversy, a couple of days back.
Yes the time has come to write on this subject.
Referring my notes, photos of the Taj Mahal,reputed independent writers and Historians, I am examine the controversy whether the Taj Mahal was , in fact, a Vedic Temple, which antedates the Taj under the following heads.
3.Other Literary,Historical and Travelogue references to the Taj Mahal.
4.Whether the Taj Mahal sticks to Islamic Architecture and the Islamic Beliefs in the construction of this Mausoleum.
5.The Vedic/ Hindu Architecture.
6.Evidence linking the Taj as having been in existence, by Carbon Dating.
7.Why the story was put out.
I shall be providing references and you make up your mind