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We are the people who gave India Taj Mahal" -- a response

Dear Sir:

In his election speeches, Salahuddin Owaisi, a prominent Muslim leader and Lok Sabha candidate from Hyderabad said "we are the people who gave India the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort". It is no wonder that today Taj Mahal looks good because if you kill all the horses, the donkeys will look good too.

Compare Taj Mahal with a temple, not too far from the Taj Mahal, demolished by Mahmud in his own biographer's words:

"The Sultan next directed his attacks against the sacred city of Mathura. The city was surrounded by a massive stone wall, in which were two lofty gates opening on to the river. There were magnificent temples all over the city and the largest of them all stood in the center of it. The Sultan was very much struck by its grandeur. In his estimate it cost not less than 100,000,000 red dinars, and even the most skillful of masons must have taken 200 years to complete it. Among the large number of idols in the temples, five were made of pure gold, the eyes of one of them were laid with two rubies worth 100,000 dinars, and another had a sapphire of a very heavy weight. All these five idols yielded gold weighing 98,300 mishkals. The idols made of silver numbered 200. He seized all the gold and silver idols and ordered his soldiers to burn all the temples to the ground. The idols in them were deliberately broken into pieces. The city was pillaged for 20 days, and a large number of buildings were reduced to ashes."

Who are "we" -- the barbaric invaders of India who plundered and destroyed the monuments of India that would have put the Taj Mahal to shame. And this Mahmud is the part of "we" Salahuddin Owaisi is so proud of.

I am surprised that the Election Commission does not find such remarks not only "communal" but also anti-national.

Sincerely,

Vinod Kumar

USA

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