- Uma Bharti played an important role in Ram temple movement
- Vijayaraje Scindia was in Ayodhya at the time of demolition in 1992
- Sadhvi Ritambhara was the firebrand face of Ram temple movement
The construction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya has started. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do the Bhoomi Pujan of Ram temple on August 5. Thirty years ago, women also played a very active role in awakening the Ram temple movement across the country. Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia, former Union Minister Uma Bharti and Sadhvi Ritambhara were the leading female faces of the movement. These three women women had worked to inspire women for the Ram Mandir movement through Rashtra Sevika Samiti, Durga Vahini and BJP Mahila Morcha.
Be it the matter of giving arrest under the Jail Bharo movement for the Ram temple or the work of doing service, these women are not lagging behind. Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia was considered to be the restrained face of the temple movement on the one hand, on the other hand Uma Bharti and Sadhvi Ritambhara were known as leaders with a staunch image of Hindutva. These three women were also accused for the Babri demolition.
Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia, the face of the Ram temple
Born in the year 1919 in Sagar’s Rana family, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia became the daughter-in-law of the Gwalior royal family. She went to jail during Indira government’s emergency. After that, she gradually joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia has been a founding member of the BJP and was considered to be the major face of the Ram Mandir movement. In 1988, in the meeting of BJP’s National Executive Council, Vijayaraje Scindia proposed for the construction of the temple. After this, the Ram temple issue became a major agenda of the BJP. She has been a part of the temple movement since the beginning, sometimes directly or indirectly.
When BJP leader LK Advani took a rath yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya in 1989, Vijayaraje Scindia gave him full support. She also played an important role in Ayodhya during Karseva on 6 December 1992 and led the Ram temple movement like a prominent leader. Vijayaraje Scindia also addressed kar sevaks from the stage of Ramkatha Kunj in Ayodhya. Rajmata Scindia was made an accused in the Babri demolition case.
Uma Bharti gets recognition from the movement
Uma Bharti has gained political recognition across the country through the Ayodhya Ram Temple movement. She emerged as a firebrand female leader during the Ram Mandir movement in the 90s. In support of Ram temple, he toured the country and held meetings and gave a speech that would excite. She used to give tremendous speeches in almost every gathering of Vishwa Hindu Parishad. He is also an accused in the Babri demolition case. He was accused of instigating the mob on kar sevaks, which he denied. Uma Bharti became the Union Minister and was also the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, it was only because of the Ram Mandir movement that made Uma Bharti a prominent face of the country’s politics.
Sadhvi Ritambhara, the face of staunch Hindutva
The Durga Vahini organization has played an important role in the Ram Mandir movement, which was commanded by Sadhvi Ritambhara at that time. Sadhvi Ritambhara had told Aaj Tak that now that the dream of construction of Ram temple is coming true, then this experience can be realized and it cannot be said in words. She became a part of Ram temple in the 90s and said that yes, we are Hindus, India is ours.
Sadhvi Ritambhara was once a firebrand leader of Hindutva. There are charges of criminal conspiracy against him in the Babri Masjid demolition case. During the Ayodhya movement, audio cassettes of her fiery speeches were being heard all over the country, in which she even challenged the opponents of the movement by calling her ‘Babur’s Aloud’. Not only this, she used to be present in every VHP program for Ram temple.