We all know about Adolph Eichmann. It’s been called the greatest trial of the 20th century. It was led by Gideon Hausner, a world-famous lawyer. Apart from this, only the Nuremberg trial, where the Nazi people were tried, was seen as a big trial. But this is regarded as the greatest trial of the 20th century because of the issues involved. During the trial they found that establishing the culpability, the guilt of Eichmann is not a problem. There is enough proof, enough evidence, and enough data against him. But the Jewish people, they felt concerned. They realized that if they have a trial based on documents, number and statistics, this trial will die out. It will be a big disservice to humanity. What they realized is that this trial is more than numbers or data or statistics. This trial is based upon an ideology of those people who believed that Jews had no right to live, on their annihilation. So, the trial should be on that, the annihilation of a race, not on facts, data or statistics. This trial is necessary for Jews to reclaim their identity.
When I read this, and I’ve read this several times because of part of my research and understanding on trauma. I also read the trial on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi. I found there a lot of parallels in that. Ram Janmbhoomi, I find that it is becoming a trial about whether Ram was born there or not. Shri Ram. Sorry, I should say Sri Rama. I should not say Ram but place of Shri Ram. It’s about a temple or the birthplace of Ram, but it is not about Hindus trying to reclaim their identity. This issue as I see is not so much about whether it was the birthplace of Shri Ram or whether it was a temple but the identity that got lost during the time when the temple was desecrated. It’s a sacred space. It is linked to the identity of Hindus. That is what they are fighting for. So, I think it is important for those who are into this issue to understand that it is not just a temple structure or whether Shri Ram was born there, but it is about Hindus trying to reclaim their identity. The destruction of the temple, including this temple, was to destroy a civilization, a way of life and faith of a people who had built it over thousands of years. Right? I’m saying this because there is enough evidence right now to show that there was a temple below that or even if there are other temples where it was built. The goal was not that just a temple was destroyed. No. Yes, a temple was destroyed. The physical structure was. But it was also much more a destruction of a civilization, a way of life. Sacred spaces have an absorbed memory. When they are built again, they restore the memory to its people leading to closure.