Ayodhya land case: ‘We have waited 20 long years for this verdict’ | India News

AYODHYA: Anchored to a plastic chair, Sharad Sharma looks anxious, but in control of his emotions. Around him are large portraits of chief of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in 1992, Paramhans Ramchandra Das, and 1949 Ayodhya city magistrate Thakur Gurudutt Singh. Several blocks of stones and bricks are piled up on one side.
This ‘karyashala’ or workshop in Karsevakpuram was established in September 1990. It is here that the material for construction of the Ram temple lies. Sharma recalls the rickshaw journeys that the two main litigants — his guru Paramhans and Hashim Ansari — would take to reach court in the 1990s to settle the Ayodhya dispute.
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A member of the Nyas, Sharma was 18 in 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished. Looking back, he says he remembers all of it. “We have waited for this verdict for long at this karyashala. But I must also add that my guru and then chief Paramhansji and Muslim petitioner Hashim Ansari would travel together in a rickshaw or sometimes share a ride to reach court for the hearing. Our emotions and objectives are different but not humanity,” said Sharma.
The stones kept here include marble and pink sandstone, all of which has been acquired from Rajasthan’s Bansi Paharpur in Bharatpur. Workers who carve them largely come from Ahmedabad, Mirzapur and Udaipur. The Nyas provides their salaries, food and partial arrangement for stay.
“The first and second floor of the temple will be built with pink sandstone. The Singh Dwar, Nrityamandap and Garb Griha will also be made of these. The temple is supposed to be 265-ft high and 140-ft wide,” said Sharma.

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