Baba indicted by Liberhan died in 1990!

By Sanchit on Friday, December 04, 2009

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AYODHYA: The indictment of Deoraha Baba — the yogi with followers from the elite to the hoi polloi — by the Liberhan commission report has set off a tsunami of protest from Ayodhya’s sadhus, not least because the seer isn’t alive to defend himself anymore. In fact, he died in June 1990, more than two years before the Ayodhya demolition.

Two most powerful mahants of the temple town, the president of Ram Janma Bhoomi Trust, Nritya Gopal Das, and the head Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad, Mahant Gyan Das, have sought ‘‘public apology from Justice Liberhan or prepare to face the consequences of his evil doings’’.

For the record, while Gopal Das commands unflinching loyalty of more than 2,000 temples in Ayodhya and heads the body empowered to grant holy affiliation, Gyan Das is the leader of the highest recognised body of seers combining both Shaiv and Vaishnav sects. The parishad, among other things, charts out the agenda at the Kumbha congregations.

‘‘The indictment of Deoraha Baba is low mischief aimed at hurting Hindu sentiments,’’ Gopal Das said. ‘‘Baba was a spiritual guide to all: from a pauper to the most powerful. He was above narrow confines of caste and community. Each saint and guru in Ayodhya is deeply anguished at Liberhan’s folly and meetings are being held across the town to chalk out a retaliatory strategy,’’ he said. ‘‘Does Justice Liberhan know that the departed saint he slandered so casually in his useless report could quote from Quran, Guru Granth Saheb and Vedas with equal felicity? Or that the list of his callers included Zakir Hussain? Dragging his name into his report is a sin which must be atoned,’’ a visibly disturbed Gopal Das told TOI.