Am I the only one appalled at the campaign to vote for the new Seven Wonders? We in India are being exhorted at every turn to vote for the Taj Mahal, justified by the mistaken notion that this will uphold ‘national pride’!
Correct me if I’m wrong. But where does national pride come into this? This is bigger than nation, bigger than pride. We are talking about human history here. There is an SMS campaign on, and apparently there’s also merchandise being sold. I have received mails asking me if I have voted!
Yes, I have seen the Taj a couple of times, and yes, it is just indescribably stunning. You cannot describe it in words. But I have not seen the other twenty contenders, have I? Would it be fair for me to vote for the Taj Mahal just because of my nationality? Wouldn’t that be cheating the cause?
Which also brings us to another pertinent point. How is the public qualified to vote for this? Shouldn’t this be decided by a panel of experts instead of bringing it down to the level of a cheap reality show?