Thread.There is a lot of discussion on this question of "Who will control temples once Govt goes out?". There has been some contrasting views. One is from BJP regarding seperate Board of administration consisting of Saints and Scholars(which I disagree) .One is from the Hindu
Charter on so called "Inclusive management" to face conversions (final draft is not yet out but I still disagree with the broad idea). One is from @indiccollective and an excellent article by @Ravilochanan86 on @Swatantramag( which I agree) which provides answers to all questions
on alternate management framework and which provides major emphasis on Sampradaya. But there is 1 major issue which has not yet been touched upon. All these points of views from @indiccollective , BJP and Hindu Charter is only applicable for those temples which has been under
the control of the Govt for eternity( Around 40-50-70-80-90 years or even since the British times) because in some cases(not all but some) it would be difficult to determine the Sampradaya of that temple or identify who are the exact traditional custodians of that temple or maybe
identify what was the earlier scheme of administration. But What about those temples which has been recently taken over by the Govt( in the last few years(2017-2021) or maybe in the last 10 years from 2011- 2021). According to me, the suggestions and ideas provided by BJP, Hindu
Charter and Indic Collective wont be applicable for recent temples takeover(Minimum Year of Consideration would be 2011-From 2011 to 2021, all temples which are being taken over by the Govt) because you can easily identify from whom the recent temples have been taken over from.
Even, the devotees who would visit the temple regularly for so many years would easily be able to identify from whom these temples have been taken over from(Recent Temples Takeover from 2011-2021)
So, the #FreeHinduTemples have to start by giving those temple back to the
traditional administrators which was taken over recently as I stated that you can easily identify the traditional administrators for these temples.
So, these are the following Recent temple takeover cases which will be exempted from all suggestions and ideas on alternate temple
management framework
1) Vishnupad Temple takeover- 2011-2021(Case going on in Patna high Court and case being filed by traditional administrators)
2)Tripura Sundari Temple of Tripura which was taken over in 2018 where Chief Minister is Chairman of Board of Trustees
3)Deori Temple
takeover in September 2020 in Ranchi
4) Sadadshiv Mahadev temple, in Himachal Pradesh was taken over in 2018 and the case has been filed by traditional administrators.
5) Nilkanth Mahadev temple Kandapatna in Himachal Pradesh was taken over in Feb 2021. A 24 member executive
committee was formed, and out of this, 12 are government officers.
6) 2 temples in Haryana was taken over in 2017(Shri Mata Chandi Devi Temple, Chandi Mandir, Panchkula and Shri Durga Mata Mandir at Banbhori in Hisar district)
7) Everyone is aware of 51 Uttarakhand temples
takeover in 2019. Along with these 51 temples, Maa Poornagiri temple in Uttarakhand was taken over in March 2021 as per a local news channel. Also, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple located in Yamkeshwar block, Uttarakhand was taken over in March 2021.
8) In 2011, Gujarat Govt took
control of the famous Becharaji temple in Mehsana district.
I may have forgotten to add some more recent temples takeover cases from 2011-2021. But point is there should be no discussion on alternate management framework for the recent temples takeover. Give the temples back
to the traditional custodians as you can easily identify because the temples were taken over only recently(from 2011-2021). In the above 8 temple takeover cases, major recent temples were taken over on basis of allegations of financial fraud against traditional administrators
without providing evidence. What is the solution for this? There are 2 solutions. First Solution is implementation of the 2014 Chidambaram temple Judgement(Subramanian Swamy vs State of Tamilnadu) which provides the distinction between Supervision and Control as stated in
Article 25 of the Constitution.Chidambaram Temple Judgement states the following-Govt has to provide proof of financial mismanagement by private parties and once the evidence is provided for financial fraud then Govt can takeover temples only for a limited period(3 to 5 years) to
cure the financial fraud. After curing the financial fraud or mismanagement, Govt has to return the temples back to the traditional administrators. Second solution is that Govt should ensure a mandatory external audit for rich temples(under Article 25(2)(a) of the Constitution)
to prevent any financial fraud in private temples. My final point is that- Many hindus argue that "Govt cannot easily free temples because it has been under Govt control ever since independence and so it will be difficult to free these temples unless there is an alternate
management framework". My point -" Arrey, as a Starting point atleast free those temples which was recently taken over by the Govt in last 10 years.What difficulty is there to identify the traditional administrators of these temples which were taken over by Govt in last 10 years.
Hindus should tell the govt that as a starting point free all those temples which were taken over recently(as examples of recent temple takeover are provided in above 8 points). There is no discussion and debate required at all for recent temple takeovers(from 2011-2020). In the
above 8 temple takeover cases, if the Govt does not provide in writing the "the proper proof of financial mismanagement(by traditional administrators) and the period of takeover of these temples" then the temple takeover by Govt is unconstitutional and illegal and so my demand as
a Hindu to the Govt -"As a Starting point, free all those temples which were recently taken over from the period 2011 to 2021."

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