Rama Setu: TN posters on Rama

TN posters on Ram

12/7/2007 2:44:18 PM  (Times Now.tv)


The controversial advertisement, which was put by Tamil Nadu tourism department, is seen in a train.

In a bizzare turn of events and much to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s embarrassment; the Tamil Nadu Government’s Tourism Department has been accused of putting out advertisements praising Lord Ram.

The advertisement shows Lord Ram and Laxman standing next to the Vanar Sena, building the Ram Sethu Bridge.

The advertisement reads that the ‘waters here still carry the blessings of Lord Rama’s lotus feet and the monkey army crossed over to Lanka to rescue Sita’ and is calling all tourists to visit the temple town of Rameshwaram.

The allegations are made by Subramnium Swamy, the President of the Janata Party against M Karunanidhi and the Central Government.
Subramanium allegedly shot this advertisement on his way back from Delhi to Dehardun in the train.

Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) sources are not denying the advertisement but said that the advertisement was released during the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) regime.

The advertisements will cause the DMK some amount of embarrassment regardless of who released it.


Ram ads placed by Jaya: Govt

 (Deccan Chronicle, 8 Dec. 2007)

Chennai, Dec. 7: The DMK government on Friday disowned the advertisements placed by the state tourism department in the railway coaches plying across north India wooing the devout by projecting Rama Sethu as a must-see destination. The posters highlighting various historical and mythological places in the state were printed and publicised during 2004-05 (when the AIADMK was in power), director of tourism Dr M. Rajaram said in a statement on Friday.

“No such publicity was done after the present chief minister assumed office. It was done in 2004-05. Posters were published at the time highlighting various historical and mythological places under the title ‘Where the past comes alive’. Therefore the contention that it is being done now is not correct,” said Dr Rajaram, reacting to reports on the issue which said the tourism department had launched a publicity campaign to promote Rameswaram as “land of Ram”through posters carrying pictures of Lord Ram  and affirming the existence of the Sethu and the historic city of Rama.Janata Party president Dr Subramaniam Swamy had at a press conference in the city on Thursday claimed that the posters were found on the coaches of the New Delhi-Dehradun Janshadabdi Express. He produced photographs of a poster which said, “The waters here still carry the blessings of Lord Rama’s lotus feet. Because this is where the monkey army crossed over to Lanka to rescue Sita. Listen to the waves telling their stories on Rameswaram.” Dr Rajaram emphasised the controversial poster was not the work of the present government but of the predecessor Jayalalithaa regime. Chief minister Karunanidhi has maintained that the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project would bring massive all-round development ti the southern districts of Tamil Nadu and has accused the Sangh Parivar of trying to derail the scheme by injecting religion into it to whip up Hindu sentiments. The saffron parties have been agitating against the project as the present canal alignment would breach the Adam’s Bridge, which the Hindus believe is actually Rama Sethu, the legendary bridge built by Hanuman’s monkey brigade for Lord Ram to cross to Lanka and rescue Sita from Ravana.

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