Vrindavan’s Suresh Chandra Baghel: The forgotten hero of Ayodhya Movement

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A resident of Gaura Nagar Colony, he joined the ‘andolan’ in the year 1990 at the age of 23. Living an unacknowledged life in a cowshed today, Baghel feels the leaders of the Ayodhya Movement used him for political gains.

Vrindavan, 2020-07-25 (VT): Vrindavan’s Suresh Chandra Baghel played an important role in the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi Movement. A resident of Gaura Nagar Colony, Baghel joined the ‘andolan’ in the year 1990 at the age of 23.

Although his name and contribution has been completely forgotten and he lives an ordinary existence today, Baghel was once a force to reckon with. All political giants associated with the movement knew him.

In addition to organising an army of Kar Sevaks for the Ayodhya Movement, he was also arrested along with BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani for allegedly trying to demolish the Babri Masjid with a dynamite gun. His name was all over the news media and interviews of him kept appearing for a long time thereafter. This earned Baghel the repute of a Hindu hardliner. He spent seven years in jail. 

Despite all of this, none of the leaders came forward to help him when he was arrested. After his house and property were sold, Baghel’s wife also left him. He lives an unknown existence in a cow shelter today. He still remembers every detail of the speeches made by leaders like LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti. Even though he continues to be an unapologetic devotee of Shri Ram, Baghel says he feels betrayed by the leaders who used him and many others for political gains. 

Brajwasis feel he should be invited for the foundation stone laying ceremony on August 5.

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