This time, we publish an appeal to the Supreme Court by "Braj Rakshak Dal ",
an organization working for the protection of the most sacred and worshippable Braj area.
The Hon'ble Chief Justice,
The Supreme Court Of India,
New Delhi, India
Subject: Brutal destruction of he ritage hills in Braj region (Mathura, Bharatpur and Faridabad districts)
We the citizens of the global community wish to draw your kind attention towards the brutal destruction of heritage hills in the Braj region which spans across the districts of Mathura(UP), Bharatpur(Rajasthan) and Faridabad(Haryana). These hills have a historicity of more than 5000 years. Rampant mining is going on in Braj region violating the guidelines of the Rajasthan High Court. All this is causing havoc to the ecological balance of the region. A substantial part of the regional wildlife a long with the flora and fauna has already been destroyed. This calls for an urgent intervention. These hills have been associated with numerous pastimes of Lord Krsna – the propounder of Bhagavad gita, the world-renowned treatise on philosophy. These hills bear many historic sites which are being blown off using dynamite.
We understand that in a report, the Archaeological Survey of India has recommended a complete ban on mining in the Braj area. It is significant that the emotional and religious sentiments of millions of Vaishnavite Hindus have been attached to these hills for ages. Millions come to circumambulate these holy hills every year and are deeply hurt to see the devastation of their centres of devotion.
These hills offer a tremendous potential for revenue generation through eco-tourism and religious tourism if they are protected and developed on these lines. They fall under the Taj Trapezium Zone and the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur & Agra. After having tried at various government levels, we strongly feel that only the Apex Court of India can stop this irreparable destruction. We, the environmen talists, conservationists, social activists, media personnel, professionals, the residents of Braj and millions of Sri Krsna devotees request the Hon'ble court to kindly immediately intervene in this matter and prevent the "disrobing of Braj Bhumi".
We request the readers to petition the Government of India and that of Rajasthan, UP and Haryana to immediately stop all forms of mining and stone crushing activity in the Braj region. These governments should try to develop these hills, forest, orchards, and pasture lands and take all possible measures to restore the natural grandeur of Braj.
Braj Rakshak Dal