RSS history wing wants to ban Friday prayers at Taj Mahal

Controversy around the Mughal wonder Taj Mahal hasn't died down in India even after the visit by Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, reported Indian media.

The report says, "In what likely to pave way for a new round of debate, the history wing of Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh-Akhil Bhartiya Itihaas Sankalan Samiti has demanded that Friday prayers at Taj
Mahal should be banned."

It further states that RSS affiliate body's National Organisation Secretary Dr Balmukund Pandey in an
exclusive conversation with India Today TV said, "Taj is a national heritage- why allow Muslims to use it
as a religious site? Permission to perform namaz at Agra's Taj Mahal should be withdrawn."

Dr Pandey also demanded that if Namaz is allowed then permission to perform Shiva prayers be also
granted to the Hindus.

The history wing of RSS with stated objective of writing, or rewriting Indian history from a national perspec-

In fact, Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, even during full moon night, to facilitate the prayers. A few days ago,
activists of a Hindu group recited Shiv Chalisa on its premises.

The Central Security Industrial Force (CISF) took the workers into custody, and released them only after a
written apology. The Hindu activists were reportedly from Aligarh and Hathras.

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