Why should I vote for TAJ?

You must have come across it several times by now. You probably also did what it said. Yes, I'm talking about the massive Vote for Taj campaign. Every news channel, every newspaper, some celebrities and one minister have been exhorting the public to vote for the Taj.
Why? Why should I vote for the Taj? Just because it is the only Indian entry in the list (who's list is it anyway? not UNESCO's for sure) why should I vote for it? 'Because you are an Indian' comes the exasperated reply. So just because I'm an Indian, should I ignore the history and 'wonder'fulness of the other wonders on the list. Is this how I should show my loyalty? Is this how it will be judged? Would voting for some others on the list demonstrate patriotic perfidy?

Now think what happens when all Indians are made to feel this way (thats what the adverts are trying to do). From the absurd popularity contest it was meant to be, it turns out to be an even more absurd loyalty contest. Going by the sheer numbers of Indians with access to the internet, and our penchant for falling for such gimmicks (really, the more gimmicky the gimmick, the more of us fall for it), it will not be a surprise to see the Taj surging ahead irrespective of its merits. And can't you just picture the headlines when this happens. 'Wah TAJ' would scream one, 'TAJ best' would exclaim another. But thats not what the result would prove at all. What it would really prove is 1) there are lots of Indians, 2) many of them have Internet access, 3) most of them would fall for gimmicky demonstrations of patriotism.

So hurry, vote for TAJ now!


  1. why do u want india to win in cricket... when everyone knows australia is better team in every aspect of the game....

  2. @renegade

    the example which u hav given is totally irrelevant... i want india to win bcoz the one who wins is a better team and india can become better than aus.
    but u cant make taj better than others...

  3. can become but it is not at present... then also u want it to win at present....
    However at present The Taj Mahal is often described as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Millions of tourists have visited the site - more than three million in 2004, according to the BBC - making it one of the most popular international attractions..... and u want to lose it... because according to u, it cant be better than others.... though already it is......
    donno whether u guys are bewildered or wanna denigrate it just to have a say over the issue....

  4. though I totally agree, its absurd contest.....
    but then also it will bring more popularity to the new declared ones...
    so thr is no harm in voting for taj mahal.... when u are cashing (read as crashing) during ur interns... :P :D

  5. Hi...great thoughts.....though it is too late now...but still you can start a "don't vote for Taj you idiots" campaign of your own if you are so hurt....what the hell no one is putting a gun to your head and asking you to vote....

  6. Absolutely unnecessary post....
    no doubt that TAJ deserves to stay in seven wonders list and asking for votes is correct thing...
    take a example of simple new product in market. Even your product is better than existing ones , if you dont advertise then no one is gonna buy yours. Same thing is with TAJ. It is good and as it is voting system if we want best one to be on list we have to make sure that they won't stay behind in the race and for that you have to make awareness about that.
    Haan, if you think TAJ doesn't deserve to be on list and other enlisted wonders are better than TAJ then your point of view has some ground.

  7. I think people didn't see the parallel with this Taj campaign and what happens in our politics. Illiterate masses vote for the leader of their caste, religion, region without even a thought towards the merits or otherwise of the candidates. Thats what votebank politics achieves and this Taj campaign is a larger scale, though very harmless version of the same, with India being the votebank in this case.


    why don't we have poll to decide which is the best cricket team in the world? Or, for that matter, the best football team. And then a huge media campaign is created to garner votes. India would be tops obviously, but what would such an exercise prove?
    There is a methodology that has to be followed, and that is playing in sports. With regards to cultural and historical merit, it has to be decided by an appropriate panel of experts, not you and me.

    @alone dreamer

    "Absolutely unnecessary post...."
    Thanx. Hope to add more of them.

    Your example is faulty, coz you've begun with the assumption that your product is better than others. Whereas the point I'm trying to make is how is that assumption arrived at? Have you looked into the merits of the other products?

  8. @arslan,

    talking about merits in the context of WONDERs whatever human mind feel wonderful after watching that man-made architecture/ feeling its glory/ appreciating the efforts took to construct that building....etc.
    I think TAJ deserves to be in list based on above merits...
    what do you say?

  9. @ arslan
    As u said "With regards to cultural and historical merit, it has to be decided by an appropriate panel of experts, not you and me."

    check 7 new wonders expert panel....
    The former Director-General of UNESCO, Spain's Prof. Dr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, has been appointed president of the panel.

    Argentine-born American Cesar Pelli, architect of the Battery Park buildings in New York, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Canary Wharf in the UK and the second tower of the new Hong Kong Financial Centre, is also a panellist.

    As is Harry Seidler, one of Australia's finest architects, responsible for the design of numerous prestigious buildings in Sydney as well as further afield, both at home and abroad. The Vienna-born architect is also the author of "The Grand Tour," a respected guide to the most beautiful buildings in the world. (Sadly we have to acknowledge that Harry Seidler (born 1923) has passed away on March 9th, 2006. The world has lost a great master and a true enthusiast of architecture in the real sense of the word. He is survived by his wife, Penelope Evatt, a fellow architect whom he married in 1958, and by their son and daughter. We will always remain grateful for Harry's support for the New7Wonders campaign, and will remember him throughout.)

    Zaha Hadid became the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize when she did so last year. She has designed buildings around the world and was described by judges as being "one of the most gifted practitioners of the art of architecture today."

    Tadao Ando was also awarded the Prizker Prize, in 1995. His love of architecture was inspired by the designer Le Corbusier and he is renowned across the world for his unique, artistic way of combining East and West in his work. One of his most acclaimed projects is the Church of the Light in Osaka, Japan.

    Yung Ho Chang, one of China's most accomplished contemporary architects and the founding director of the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University, was appointed head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Architecture in July 2005.

    Aziz Tayob graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand as the first non-white architect in South Africa in 1969. Over the past 35 years, Mr. Toyab has striven to create buildings that are honest, functional, thought provoking and innovative. The design approach aims to achieve the best design for the very limited resources and space available to the underpriviledged communities of South Africa.

    They selected 21 sites out of 77 potential sites and the data which I quoted in my previous comment was not self fabricated.... for that u cud check wikipedia...

    and as I told previously also... that I totally agree that its absurd.... but since its bringing popularity and in tun prosperity to our cuntry, so no harm in voting for taj....

    Anyways now u can relax a bit, Taj is already thr in the new list... :D
    The New7Wonders Foundation is all set to organise trips to India... to the Taj.....


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