A picture of—how our land was invaded, how our people were butchered, how our women were violated, when they would have tried to protect Ram Temple from being destroyed by Babur—always haunted Indian psyche. Babri Mosque, which sucked blood of our forefathers, was a blot on our civilisation. Destruction of Babri Mosque was freedom from humiliation and persecution inflicted on us by Babur.
Nevertheless, construction of Ram Temple was an endless wait, until Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on 9 November 2019. The court ordered Government of India to create a trust to build the Ram Mandir temple and form a Board of Trustees within three months. Now, construction of Ram Temple is going to be a reality after government announced to have set up Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra, which have 15 members of trustees.
Who are these stalwarts who are going to materialise our once distant dream to construct Ram temple?1. Kesava PARASARN, a former attorney general from Tamil Nadu and a veteran lawyer K Parasaran fought tirelessly since the Supreme Court set out the legal dispute between Babri Masjid and Ram Janmabhoomi. 92 years old K PARASARN, referred as the ‘pitamah (patriarch)’ of the Indian bar, was asked by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) during hearing, “But he said, “My Lord, you are very kind. But it has been a tradition that one must get up and put forth the arguments. I hold this tradition very dear.” One can imagine his energy level at 92. His office at R-20, Greater Kailash Part-1 residence in New Delhi, would also host the trust’s registered office
2. Jagatguru Shankaracharya Jyothish Peethadheswar Swami Vasudevanand, Prayagra: Shankaracharya of astrology bench is located at Badrinath.
3. Jagadguru Madhwacharya Swami Vishwa Prasannathirthaji Maharaj: The Hindu spiritual leader is the 33rd Peethadheeshwar of Pejawar Math located in Udupi, Karnataka. He assumed the position after the death of his predecessor, Peetadheshwar Swami Vishweshtirth of Pejawar Math, in December 2019.
4. Yugapurusha Paramanand Ji Maharaj, Haridwar: He is head of Akhand Ashram Haridwar and a celebrated author of more than 150 books on Vedanta. Parmanand Ji addressed the summit of spiritual leaders at the United Nations in the year 2000.
5. Swami Govind Dev Giri Ji Maharaj, Pune: Govind Dev Giri Ji was born in 1950 in Ahmed Nagar, Maharashtra and preaches various Hindu religious texts such as Ramayana, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, and others.
6. Vimalendra Mohan Pratap Mishra, Ayodhya Royal family: A descendant of Ayodhya royal family, Vimalendra Mohan Mishra fought the Lok Sabha election on BSP ticket in 2009 and lost and hasn’t fought any election after that.
7. Dr. Anil Mishra, homeopathy doctor. Ayodhya: Originally a resident of Ambedkar Nagar, Anil is a famous homeopathy doctor of Ayodhya. He is the registrar of the Homeopathy Medicine Board. Mishra took part in the Ram Mandir movement in 1992 along with former MP Vinay Katiyar.
8. Kameshwar Chaupal, Patna (SC Member): The dalit member in the trust, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has given Chaupal the status of first Karsevak as he had laid the first brick of foundation stone in the Ram temple in 1989.
9. Mahant Dinendra Das, Nirmohi Akhara: Head of Ayodhya meeting of Nirmohi Akhara of Ayodhya. He will not have the right to vote in trust meetings.
10. & 11 Two prominent persons, who must be Hindu, would be nominated by the Board of Trustees.
12.& 13 Two IAS officers, who must be Hindu would be nominated by Central government and UP government. These officers shall not be below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India and the rank of Secretary to the State Government, respectively.
14. District collector of Ayodhya or Additional District collector, whoever is Hindu.
15. Trustee would appoint Chairman, who must be Hindu.
India must not forget those unsung heroes like Kothari brothers who made supreme sacrifice led for Ram Temple and those who were butchered in Saryu river by Mulayam government.