The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has received the ire of social media users for planning to restore Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s coronation palace at a cost of Rs 2 to 5 crore, Times of India has reported.
The dilapidated Sheesh Mahal, which is located in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh is believed to have played host to Aurangzeb’s coronation in 1658.
This restoration decision though earned the ire of social media user who questioned ASI’s priorities while pointing out the tyrannical nature of Aurangzeb,
Their are 1000s of ancient monuments in India is miserable condition of Shivaji Maharaj, Maharana Partab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh etc— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@ishkarnBHANDARI) February 14, 2020
ASI chooses to spend crores on a forgotten Aurangzeb monument?
We need to sort our priorities!
I pay taxes for the development of country not for 'facelifting' the monuments of looters, invaders, rapists and temple destroyers.— Rita 🇮🇳 (@RitaG74) February 14, 2020
No face lifting can undo #Aurangzeb 's black deeds.
There are so many temples in dilapidated condition. Who will rebuild them? @ASIGoI pic.twitter.com/uobuGXUKQC
It may be recalled that Aurangzeb was responsible for destroying various Hindu temples, including the Kesava Deo temple where Lord Krishna was born, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Benares, and the Somnath temple in Gujarat.
It has also been documented that four million Indians were killed under Aurangzeb, who reintroduced Jiziya tax on non-Muslims and also forcibly converted Hindus to Islam.