India protest Taj Mahal replica by Bangla film maker
India has expressed its displeasure over the construction of the replica of India's Taj Mahal in Bangladesh by a weathly film maker. In Media interviews he claimed that as Bangladeshi people can't afford to see original Taj Mahal so he created one nearby for his compatriots.
Built in 17th Century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory if his beloved wife, Taj Mahal is considered the high point of Mughal architecture. Millions of tourist flock to see it every year.
“You can’t just go and copy historical monuments,” fumed a spokesman at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
“Someone will go out there and have a look. The reports we are reading say it is an exact replica. This is a protected site we are talking about so we need to find out if it really is the exact size,” he said.
Bangladeshi film director Ahsanullah Moni unveiled his $58 million replica, located about 30 kilometres northeast of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, this week.
Moni began building it five years ago but came up with the idea in 1980 when he first visited the real “Monument to Love” in Agra. He imported marble and granite from Italy, diamonds from Belgium and used 160 kilos of bronze for the dome.