Buddha calls Lord Ram ‘fictional’, BJP sees red

A good comment I heard was on TV. A member of Trinamool Congress said: Commies lack morality, they cannot understand Sri Rama.


Buddha calls Lord Ram ‘fictional’, BJP sees red

Sougata Mukhopadhyay / CNN-IBN

Published on Fri, Dec 07, 2007

Kolkata: From Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi to his West Bengal counterpart Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, suddenly the Ramu Setu makes them speak the same language.

After Karunanidhi questioned Ram’s historical basis, it’s now Buddhadeb’s turn to argue that Ram is, indeed, a fictional character.

The Chief Minister quotes from Rabindranath Tagore to make his point.

“What is the historical evidence behind Ram’s birth? Where is the proof that The Ramayana is history and Ram is a historical character? The birth of Ram and the birth of The Ramayana took place in the imagination of the poet,” said Buddhadeb.

The Chief Minister’s statements, made ahead of a Viswa Hindu Parishad programme in Kolkata to “save” the Ram Setu assume even more significance.

The attempt to preempt a VHP footing inside the Marxist fortress could invite some undue attention and create added discomfort for the CPM.

Rarely do you get hear the chant Jai Ram in Kolkata. Buddhadeb’s anxiety is understandable. A large number of people are converging in central Kolkata to touch this sacred stone from Ram Setu. Five such chariots will bring in Ram Setu supporters on Friday.

“If an individual, in his attempt to hold on to his seat of power, makes a statement, would the world accept that?” asked VHP leader Mahendra Kumar Sharma, Secretary, West Kolkata VHP.

In New Delhi, the BJP took strong exception to Buddhadeb’s remark.

“What has been said is an offence under the law,” said senior BJP leader L K Advani.

It’s a worried administration in Kolkata. After riots engulfed the city over controversial author Taslima Nasreen, the administration has been taking no chances. There will be strong security arrangements for Saturday’s Ram Setu rally.

(With inputs from Shiv Pujan Jha)


Good lord! Court sends notice to Ram, Hanuman

Published on Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 21:34

Dhanbad: Hindu Gods, Ram and Hanuman, it seems, will have to appear in court if notices issued in their names by a judge here “reach” them.


A district sub-judge gave the order on a petition over a dispute involving a temple at Dahaiya locality where Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman are worshipped.


The court staff even went to the temple to serve the notices but there was no one to receive them.


The temple, dedicated to Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman, was offered by the Raja of Jharia to the grandfather of Hindi writer Manmohan Pathak in 1922.


A villager, Puran Chandra Halder, who regularly held Durga puja adjacent to the temple, petitioned the Dhanbad district commissioner in 1987 to declare the temple a public property. The ruling went in his favour.



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