In this day and age of information overload, it is easy to forget who did the hard yards on a case that took years. Add to that a tendency to appropriate credit for someone else’s work, a phenomenon all too common in India. While the Ram Mandir case is finally heading towards a denouement, it is important to remember that it was Dr. Subramanian Swamy, who fought tooth and nail for daily hearings in this case. If this case got dusted off from the shelf and hearings started, it was because of his Writ Petition [W.P (C) 105 OF 2016], of his Fundamental Right to Worship case, so watertight that it forced the hand of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to hold a daily hearing.
Why is the Fundamental Right to Worship important?
Because it is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 25 of the Constitution of India, it includes for Hindus the Right to Pray/ have access to due worship at the place to where faith determines the place where their God (in this case, Lord Rama, one of the Dasavatars) was born.
A case that was languishing in the Supreme Court from 2011, came alive when Dr. Swamy filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking basic facilities for the pilgrims in the make-shift Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. He later filed a Writ Petition on his Fundamental Right to Worship. The Supreme Court tagged Swamy’s petition with the main case, which was pending for the past five years.
Dr. Swamy’s petition de-tagged today by the CJI
It looked like Dr. Swamy was going to present before the bench his Writ Petition (WP), but the CJI said that he was de-tagging his WP and a separate bench will hear it. It was because of Dr. Swamy’s petition for day-to-day hearing that the then CJI T S Thakur allowed that led to the Ayodhya case being heard on day-to-day basis.
Below are several news items/ videos/ tweets (you can click on each graphic to know more) that show the effort Dr. Swamy put in, for Ram Mandir:
 Ayodhya case: Supreme Court concludes the hearing. Judgment to be delivered on or before November 15 – Oct 17, 2019, PGurus.com
 Swamy urges PM to support day-to-day hearing in Ayodhya case for early construction of Ram Mandir – Nov 19, 2016, PGurus.com
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