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358-yr-old Taj Mahal 'in the danger of collapsing within 5 years
Economic Times ^ | 10/05/11

Posted on 10/05/2011 7:04:46 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

5 Oct, 2011, 10.49AM IST, ANI

358-yr-old Taj Mahal 'in the danger of collapsing within 5 years

LONDON: The Taj Mahal will collapse within five years unless urgent action is taken to fix its rotting foundations, campaigners warn.

The 358-year-old marble mausoleum is India's most famous tourist attraction, bringing four million visitors a year to the northern city of Agra.

But the river crucial to its survival is being blighted by pollution, industry and deforestation.

Campaigners believe the foundations have become brittle and are disintegrating.

Cracks appeared last year in parts of the tomb, and the four minarets, which surround the monument, are showing signs of tilting.

The Taj Mahal was built by Mogul emperor Shah Jahan, who was grief-stricken by the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in childbirth.

(Excerpt) Read more at economictimes.indiatimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: collapse; godsgravesglyphs; india; tajmahal

1 posted on 10/05/2011 7:04:51 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Have the UN declare it a world heritage site (if it isn’t already) and let the taxpayers foot the bill.

Yeah, that’s sarcasm.


2 posted on 10/05/2011 7:07:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (MLB Playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2786167/posts)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I thought for sure they were going to say it was because of global warming.


3 posted on 10/05/2011 7:07:35 AM PDT by grandpa jones
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Minorities and women hardest hit!


4 posted on 10/05/2011 7:08:18 AM PDT by apillar
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Well he is getting up there in years.

5 posted on 10/05/2011 7:10:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

He does look pretty good for 358, you’ve got to admit.


6 posted on 10/05/2011 7:11:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

When I’m 358, I hope I look that good.


7 posted on 10/05/2011 7:14:01 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Get the Taliban to blow it up because it was built for a woman.


8 posted on 10/05/2011 7:15:39 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s only 358 years old? In India that’s practically an urban renewal project


9 posted on 10/05/2011 7:16:29 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Imshallah.


10 posted on 10/05/2011 7:17:08 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They don’t build ‘em like they used to.............


11 posted on 10/05/2011 7:19:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Paladin2
I believe the term you're looking for is “inshallah”. At any rate, why would you want one of mankind's most beautiful creations to collapse?
12 posted on 10/05/2011 7:24:21 AM PDT by stormer
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Boosh’s fault?


13 posted on 10/05/2011 7:24:45 AM PDT by Keli Kilohana (Editor, ZARR CHASM CHRONICAL [sic], Sore, WV)
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To: grandpa jones

They did, indirectly when they wrote of the river drying up.


14 posted on 10/05/2011 7:26:09 AM PDT by Josephat
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To: TigerLikesRooster
GWs fault. That's either George Bush or Global Warming! Just ask any liberal. lol
15 posted on 10/05/2011 7:28:58 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Which of these 3 monuments will collapse first?

1. Taj Mahal

2. Social Security

3. Medicare

My money's on #1, but I'm not betting the house on it.

16 posted on 10/05/2011 7:34:47 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: dfwgator

Well he is getting up there in years.


I may be the only one who gets it; really funny!


17 posted on 10/05/2011 7:39:38 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Taj Mahal is symbol of atrocities against poor people. After completing this building King Shah Jahan killed or chopped labors and architectures hands, so that they can’t rebuild.


18 posted on 10/05/2011 7:47:02 AM PDT by jennychase
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To: cripplecreek
Have the UN declare it a world heritage site (if it isn’t already) and let the taxpayers foot the bill.

Yeah, that’s sarcasm.


Beat me to it. My immediate reaction was this is an opportunity for the EPA to spend mucho US tax $$$$$.
19 posted on 10/05/2011 8:05:30 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Josephat
Nearly 57 million people depend on the Yamuna waters. With an annual flow of about 10,000 cubic billion metres (cbm) and usage of 4,400 cbm (of which irrigation constitutes 96 per cent),

It isn't drying up. It's being sucked up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamuna

20 posted on 10/05/2011 8:06:26 AM PDT by DManA
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To: jennychase

That’s a myth. Jahan was responsible for the construction of a number of large and ornate palaces and forts, and given the skill and dexterity required for that work, it simply wouldn’t make sense.


21 posted on 10/05/2011 8:07:41 AM PDT by stormer
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To: TigerLikesRooster

An Islamic shrine crumbles to the ground. I’m OK with that.


22 posted on 10/05/2011 8:08:02 AM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: Paladin2

ROFL


23 posted on 10/05/2011 8:08:22 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They can outsource the construction to the Chinese... oh wait...


24 posted on 10/05/2011 8:11:20 AM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Mausoleum?

I thought it was like Boldt Castle in Thousand Islands, and that she was still alive when it was started but died before it was finished.


25 posted on 10/05/2011 8:17:45 AM PDT by djf (Soon you will need a prescription for EVERY SINGLE VITAMIN.)
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


26 posted on 10/05/2011 8:24:13 AM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: TigerLikesRooster
GREAT piece about the Taj in last month's Smithsonian magazine.
27 posted on 10/05/2011 8:48:09 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
Sorry; forgot to link to that Smithsonian article I mentioned.
28 posted on 10/05/2011 8:50:12 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I haven’t seen the figures but I believe Agra, Oklahoma, has considerably fewer than four million tourists a year. So it must be the Taj Mahal, not the name of the place, that draws the tourists.


29 posted on 10/05/2011 8:55:13 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"...the four minarets, which surround the monument, are showing signs of tilting..."

They were designed that way so when they finally did fall, they would fall outward, away from the mosque.

30 posted on 10/05/2011 9:01:01 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Phlap

not to worry.leftards will rush in with stimulus funds from US to save it.


31 posted on 10/05/2011 9:07:58 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Not. Our. Problem.


32 posted on 10/05/2011 9:26:14 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Captain Beyond; Fred Nerks; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Well, maybe the gov't of India can outsource the conservation work to the US. Thanks Captain Beyond.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


33 posted on 10/05/2011 3:28:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
It would be interesting to know the specifics.

Maybe all they need are some soil anchors and they're good to go.

34 posted on 10/05/2011 3:37:08 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; SunkenCiv
The Taj is a treasure for all humanity. I should think it could be stabilized. Even the Leaning Tower of Pisa was stabilized and it was was farther gone.
35 posted on 10/05/2011 4:00:06 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: TigerLikesRooster

"The Taj Mahal is in desperate need of repair! Pass this bill now! The Republicans want the Taj Mahal to collapse!"


36 posted on 10/05/2011 4:49:44 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: jennychase

That’s just a myth. Not true.


37 posted on 10/05/2011 4:52:17 PM PDT by ravager
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To: Never on my watch
Its not an “Islamic shrine” its a mausoleum dedicated to a woman whom Shahjahan loved.
38 posted on 10/05/2011 4:57:13 PM PDT by ravager
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To: SunkenCiv

Good. Let it.


39 posted on 10/05/2011 6:06:47 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ravager
mausoleum shamzaleum, it is an Islamic shrine/tomb/building/shed/outhouse whatever - albeit very pretty and impressive construction - but it is Islamic and when it crumbles to the ground I will only lament the many slaves who died in its construction.

There are a lot better ‘love stories’ to remember.

40 posted on 10/05/2011 6:07:25 PM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: Little Ray
Not. Our. Problem.

+1

41 posted on 10/05/2011 6:09:11 PM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; 50mm; Markos33; Salamander; Allegra; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows; ...
I dunno - looks like their urinals are in good shape .....


42 posted on 10/05/2011 6:55:05 PM PDT by shibumi (Goi! Rode, Goi!)
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To: shibumi
It's Looney Bun time!

OOOOOoooooOOOOOooooo

43 posted on 10/05/2011 7:41:31 PM PDT by 50mm (Trust nobody and you'll never be disappointed.)
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To: 50mm

Classic!


44 posted on 10/05/2011 7:44:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I do not like “Muslim inspired” architecture which is generally a mixture of several different cultures. It is often way too busy with details and many colors that that do not work well with each other. The curved lines seem to express heaviness and bondage rather than freedom and beauty. I do not find their buildings beautiful at all but unkind to my eyes and thought processes.
45 posted on 10/05/2011 7:49:33 PM PDT by Bellflower (When the word "holy" is used it must be used with respect and reverence for The LORD.)
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To: Never on my watch

I don’t know where you get the idea that its Islamic. Its not.Its got nothing to do with Islam except for the fact that the King who build it was a Muslim. And all talks of slaves dying in the construction is plain BS.


46 posted on 10/05/2011 8:18:54 PM PDT by ravager
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To: Never on my watch

“There are a lot better ‘love stories’ to remember.”

I know. Like Romeo and Juliet where they all finally kill, stab and drink poison. Yes much better.


47 posted on 10/05/2011 8:47:35 PM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager

I was there in the mid 1970’s.......it’s magnificent!


48 posted on 10/06/2011 3:49:19 AM PDT by cerberus
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To: cerberus
Have you seen it under full-moon light? Its magical!!! Unlike anything you have ever seen in your life. Sadly they don't allow you inside at night anymore.
49 posted on 10/06/2011 8:15:03 AM PDT by ravager
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