Sunday, June 10, 2007

New Seven Wonders?

I could'nt believe my ears when i heard this one.. that they were conducting a poll to select the New Seven Wonders Of the World! And that the Taj Mahal was one of the contenders!

Apparently there seems to be lots of problems behind this one.. it is facing some criticism also globally.. the official New7Wonders declaration is to be held in Lisbon on July 7th 2007. Siting Wikipedia- a Bernard Weber launched the project in September 1999. By November 24, 2005, 177 monuments were up for consideration. The wonders had to be man-made, completed before 2000, and in an "acceptable" state of preservation. On January 1, 2006, the list was narrowed down to 20 Finalists.

But though the Taj Mahal is one of the top 20, the Indian government has done nothing at all to promote the voting of the Taj.. what this means to India in terms of status is unthinkable.. Not to speak of the tourism potential this brings along with it.. Yet we see nothing of this around.. its going to be unbelievable if it comes down to the 2nd most populous country of the world not being able to influence the decision of a global online poll..

(Unbelievably, the Pyramid at Giza was also included in the election list for the New seven wonders, but after protests from the Egyptian media and government it was removed from the list and made an 'Honourary new wonder' candidate)

There may be some of us who believe this declaration is unimportant.. but I truly believe this is a chance India cannot afford to miss.. if it comes down to a global poll, we Indians should do what we can to make sure the Taj is up there.. this was my first impulse when i got this mail forward which i would have deleted like any other.. But on second thoughts.. maybe its worth it..

If you truly think this chance is worth it, people, cast your vote on

(Just register yourself and get the 7 votes and you can then vote)

Or you can
sms TAJ to 4567 to vote.. or From BSNL phone call to 1255545

Current results of vote till a few days ago
1.The Acropolis———–> Greece
2.Mayan ruinsat chichen Itza———->Mexico
3.The colloseum———>France
4.Eiffel tower———>France
5.The Great Wall———>China
6.Machu Pichchu——–>Peru
8.Statue of Easter Island——–>Chile
9.State Of christ Redeemer——–>Brazil
10.Taj mahal——–>India

1 comment:

Bijoy said...

Hello, i just surfed in searching for interesting blogs on new seven wonders of the world, you have a cool blog. Do keep up the good work. i live far from where you are and its nice to be able to see what people from across the world thinks.

Warm Regards from the Other Side of the Moon.

On a related note perhaps you might find the following links interesting. we're reviewing the best among the competing 21 participants for the new 7 wonders competition. i'll like to hear your take on the subject via comments. i'll be back soon...

The Kremlin and the Red Square
Angkor Wat
Eiffel Tower
Hagia Sophia

ps. if you have your own favourites list or if you'd like us to write about other wonders pls do mention about it in the comments.


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