Rama Setu mahasammelan: letter to Hon’ble PM

Shri Rameswaram Ramasetu Raksha Manch,Sankata Mochan Ashram, Ramakrishna Puram, Sector-6, New Delhi 110022 Tel. 011 26178992, 26103495 

2 January 2008 

To

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh ji. 01123019334

Subject: Protection of Rama Setu; request for a meeting with Hon’ble Prime Minister 

Respected Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh ji, 

A huge rally was held in Swarnajayanti Park, Rohini, New Delhi on 30 December 2007 between 11 AM to 5 PM in which lakhs of people from every nook and corner of India participated. Many messages in support of the Peoples’ Movement were also received and read out.

1.       Resolution passed in the mahasammelan held on Dec. 30, 2007 in Swarna Jayanti Park, New Delhi

2.      Message from the former Prime Minister, Hon’ble Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

3.      Message from the Chief Minister of Punjab, Hon’ble Shri Prakash Singh Badal

4.      Message from the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Hon’ble Shrimati J. Jayalalithaa

5.      Media statement of the President of Vishva Hindu Parishad, Shri Ashok Singhal

6.      Messages from Sadhus and Sants, statements issued on behalf of Rameshwaram Rama Setu Raksha Manch 

The full text of the resolution in Hindi, adopted by the ocean of humanity which had assembled and messages are in the attachments. Translation of the two resolutions adopted by Peoples’ rally:

This massive gathering of Rama Bhaktas urges the Government to

1.       declare and protect Rama Setu located in the ocean at Rameshwaram as a monument of national and historical importance; and

2.      declare Rameshwaram as Divyakshetram (Sacred tirtha city) to ensure that there will be finality to any present or future problems which may arise related to the protection of Sri Rama Setu. 

This rally calls upon the Hindu communities all over the world to tell the Central Government that if the Government persists in breaking Rama Setu, the Government should be ready to face an intensified fierce Peoples’ Movement. 

Please indicate the time and date convenient for a team from RRRM to meet with you at your convenience to present to the Central Government the Peoples’ resolutions.

Thanking you for your consideration and with the best regards, 

Yours sincerely, 

 S. Kalyanaraman, Ph.D.National President (RRRM) kalyan97@gmail.com S. Vedantam,National General Secretary (RRRM)Svedantam1@gmail.com


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  1. Should declare and protect Rama Setu located in the ocean at Rameshwaram as a monument of national and historical importance; and
  2. Should declare Rameshwaram as Divyakshetram (Sacred tirtha city) to ensure that there will be final resolution of any present or future problems related to the protection of Sri Rama Setu.

 This rally calls upon the Hindu communities all over the world to tell the Central Government that if the Government persists in breaking Rama Setu, the Government should be ready to face an intensified fierce movement. 
Message from Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, New Delhi, 30 December 2007 Congratulations to the huge ocean of humanity assembled in a rally to protect Rama Setu. Setu joins people to people, society to the world, past to the present and the future, civilization and culture with cultures. Sri Rama Setu is such a Setu with which is associated our proud past. This has not only cultural, economic and victorious importance, , but is the embodiment of the very identity of our nation. This is also the Setu for the faith and spiritual quest of crores of Hindus. It is NOT correct to break such a Setu. Breaking of Rama Setu is like inflicting a wound on the faith and spiritual quest of crores of Hindus. No right-thinking and informed Government can indulge in such a task. I have complete confidence and trust that the strength and resolve of today’s rally will convey the wise counsel to the Government. I call upon the Government to give up the adamant attitude and declare and protect Rama Setu as a monument of national importance and look for alternative projects. Faith and development are not contradictory facets. I am also with you in the efforts to save Sri Rama Setu. I believe that this rally will fulfil your aims. (Translation of the message sent in Hindi). The Hindi message is given below. 
Dec. 26, 2007 1:52 PM O.No. CMO/Confi/07/60 dated 28-12-2007 Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab Dear Raj Nath Singh ji, I feel great pleasure in joining millions of our countrymen to pay homage to the memory of one of the greatest chapters in the spiritual history of the world. Down the ages, the Ramayana and all the events mentioned in this great epic have symbolized the march of the civilization in our ancient land. Sri Ramchandarji has been an icon of spiritual reality and ideal worldly conduct to a vast segment of humanity. Like all other great spiritual figures of the world, Sri Ramchandarji’s appeal cuts across the boundaries of religion, communities and even countries. The Ram Setu features as one of the crucial elements in the Holy Epic. I have learnt that the satellite pictures taken by NASA have confirmed the existence of a man-made bridge connecting Rameshwaram (India) and the Sri Lankan coast. It is also significant that legends as well as Archaeological studies reveal that the first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the primitive age, about 1,750,000 years ago. The archaeological age of the Ram Setu is also said to be the same. This information is a crucial aspect for an insight into the mysterious legend called Ramayana, which was supposed to have taken place in Tredha yuga, 1,700,000 years ago. This information is sure to open the spiritual gates for the people all over the world. It is of even greater significance for us to know that the roots of human civilization from the early days of origin of the human race are linked to the Indian mythology. India takes pride in its cultural diversity and its rich and spiritual traditions. All our great Gurus, prophets, saints and seers as well as al our holy scriptures have inspired us to respect the spiritual beliefs and practices of everyone. This is truly the defining feature of the Indian culture. It is unfortunate that some people have tried to raise an unnecessary and avoidable controversy over the whole issue. I am glad that a special function is being organized in New Delhi on 30th December. I join millions of others in paying my respects to the great spiritual traditions symbolized by the Ramayana. Regards, Sd. Prakash Singh Badal To Sh. Raj Nath Singh,President, Bharatiya Janta Party,  New Delhi
Grams: ANNATIMUKA, Fax Res. 24992444, Off. 28133510; Tel. Off. 28132266, 28130787, Res. 24992121, 24991414ALL-INDIAN ANNA DRAVIDA MUNNETRA KAZHAGAM, Head Office,226/275 Avvai Shanmugam Salai, Royapettah, Chennai 600014, Res: ‘Veda Nilayam’, 81/36, Poes Garden, Chennai 600086 Date: 27.12.2007J. Jayalalithaa, General Secretary, AIADMK, Leader of Opposition, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Dear Shri Ashok Singhal ji, Right from the day the Rama Sethu Bridge demolition issue came into focus, I have been issuing statements pointing out how the destruction of the Bridge would be a grave threat to the environment, the flora and fauna of the region, apart from posing a very real danger of extinction of the marine life in the area, thereby seriously affecting the livelihood prospects of the fishing community for whom marine life is the only source of income. The historic and legendary association of the bridge with Lord Rama is deeply enshrined not only in the minds and hearts of the people of India but indeed in the minds and hearts of Hindus living all over the world. Quite apart from the religious significance and historical importance of the Rama Sethu Bridge, and leaving aside the argument as to the origin of the Bridge, whether it is man-made or a natural formation, yet it is an undeniable truth that the Bridge is one of the wonders of the world and should be preserved for its value as a World Heritage Site. No government has the right to destroy this bridge which is why my government refused to accord environmental clearance for the Sethu Samudram Canal project despite enormous pressure from the Central Government. When the Union Government recently constituted a Committee to examine the project afresh before submitting a report to the Apex Court, I felt it was my duty to bring to the notice of the people the following facts: This Committee can hardly be described as a committee of experts as is being claimed by the Union Government. At least three of the members are historians and they can only vouch for the historical validity of the Ram legend. One represents NEERI (National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute) which, being an interested party, is bound to have biased views. One member, R.S. Sharma, is a witness in the Ram Janmabhoomi case. Mr. S. Ramachandran, the Chairman of the Committee has already expressed his views publicly supporting the Sethusamudram Project. He cannot be expecte to taka different or unbiased view now. All these facts hardly inspire any public confidence about the neutrality of the members of the Committee. More ominous is the fact that there are no social scientists to discuss the problems of the coastal people, particularly fishermen. To discuss navigational issues, there are no maritime or naval experts. There are no defence personnel to discuss security concerns, especially when the Sethu Samudram Canal becomes an international waterway. There are no oceanographers to discuss ocean currents and their effects especially as it comes with a Tsunami-hit area. There are no economists to discuss economy-related issues especially when the Sethusamudram Project is being touted as one that will economically uplift Tamil Nadu. These conspicuous and glaring omissions raise serious doubts about the credibility of the Committee and the possible veracity of the report. While setting out the above facts, I made a demand that the Committee be disbanded. In this context I had also pointed out that the Sethu Samudram Canal project as conceived would be of little use to the Nation, as it would have a centrifugal effect on the economy, navigational tonnage of ships, the environment and sentiments of the widest sections of our people. I had also filed a Writ Petition in the Supreme Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India to protect the Rama Sethu, a structure of immeasurable historical, archaeological and heritage value from being destroyed, in the garb of carrying out an infrastructure project, on the following irrefutable facts.
Rama Sethu would fully quality to be declared and protected as an ancient national monument, because it falls within each one of the parameters laid down in the definition of ‘ancient monument’ in the 1958 Act.
 The Rama Sethu, which in geographical terms is described in various survey maps and historical texts as ‘Adam’s Bridge’, by reason of its antiquity and unique features qualifies to be treated as a World Heritage Site. In a recent Satellite Image, NASA of the USA has spotted the Ancient Bridge and confirmed the physical existence of the bridge, which is a crucial structure of a bygone era, dating back millions of years and is estimated to be over 17,50,000 years old. The Bridge is of immeasurable sentimental value to millions of people in India and Hindus living all over the world and hence the structure is worthy of protection purely from a historical and archaeological standpoint.
The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project proposes to dredge the shallow ocean floor near the Dhanuskodi end of Rama’s Bridge, to create enough leeway for ships to pass through the channel and will cut through the Bridge, thus damaging it.
 International conventions have consolidated the solidarity of nations in preserving historical/archaeological sites and India, being a party to these conventions, is obliged to preserve heritage sites like the Rama Sethu. Even during the Tsunami devastation the Rama Sethu Bridge acted as a natural barrier, preventing direct devastation, thus establishing the utility in the ecological/geographical preservation of the area also. I wish the rally to be held on 30.12.2007 in New Delhi by the Ramsethu Raksha Manch all success as it reflects the strong sentiments of the vast majority of the people of our Country. With kind regards, Yours sincerely,
Sd. J. Jayalalithaa
 ToShri Ashok Singhal, President, Vishva Hindu Parishad, Sector-6 Rama Krishna Puram,New Delhi 110022 Fax No. 011 26195527, 26178992 email: ashok.vhp@gmail.com
Vishva Hindu Parishad, Sankat Mochan Ashram, Ramakrishna Puram-VI, New Delhi 110022 (Bharat); Gram: Hindudharma; Tel. 91-11-26103495, 28178992, Fax 011126195527 Website: www.vhp.org email: jaishriram@vsnl.in  Media statement of Ma. Ashokji Singhal, President, Vishva Hindu Parishad. New Delhi, 26 Dec. 2007 The entire Sant-Mandal of the country and the Rambhakt Hindu society are upset and outraged over the ill-conceived Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP) kicked off by the Government of India. The Supreme Court has presently put a stay on it, but the government has been making all out efforts to somehow get the stay order vacated. The Shipping Minister Shri T.R. Baalu even proclaimed loud that they would do away with the Setu to make way for the SSCP and complete it within a month’s time. The Sants have been combating this project from the very beginning. The government was at its wits’ end when there was a countrywide successful Chakka Jam as a retor to the government affidavit presented to the Supreme Court asserting that Sri Ram was an imaginary personage and that the Ramayana was merely a novel. Through this program the people came to know that the Government is bent upon detonating the only extant empirical evidence of the Ramayana period and Sri Rama’s movement with the help of Van Naras (forest people) against global forces of wickedness, sensuousness, terrorism and imperialism. Huge public awakening programmes conducted under the guidance of Sants during the last two months by Hindu organizations associated with the Ramsetu Raksha Manch have covered virtually all the villages of the country. The steering committee of the Ramsetu Raksha Manch asked in its meeting in Ayodhya to all its branches to descend on Delhi with volunteers in lakhs on 30th December, 2007 from all states. A grand rally is thus scheduled at Swarna Jayanti Park (Japani Park), Sector-11, Rohini (Opp. Rithala Metro Railway Station), Delhi on 30th December, 2007 (Sunday) from 11.00 AM to 03.00 PM. According to the latest feedback, over 10 lakh (10,00,000) Dharma Yoddha volunteers from different states of Bharat are expected to descend on Delhi by about 10,000 vehicles through six entry points to join the rally. A huge number by trains would also start arriving two days prior to the rally. People in huge numbers will be arriving from the seven Prants of Assm and also from the deccan states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, etc. About 5,000 Sants from all over the country would also specially remain present to oversee the programme. The conference would also receive guidance from the Acharyas of different sects, Jagadgurus, Srimahants and Mahamandaleshwars, etc. The essence and format of the movement would remain absolutely Dharmic. It is the effort of Sants that the movement for protection of Ramsetu should enjoy the support and cooperation of all political parties, and yet the movement is free from politics. Some professional experts would also present their views before the people in the conference. Different social and Dharmic organizations associated with the Manch (Forum) have volunteered to shoulder the responsibilities to put up the necessary infrastructure and manage the lakhs of guests. 300 workforce, 12 tractors, 5 JCV machines are working round the clock to clean and level the 5.5 lakh square meter conference venue. 500 loudspeakers would cover 3 km. circumference of the venue. Different organizations of Delhi have taken upon themselves to collect food from house to house to feed the conference participants. The conference participants from far off places of the country would start arriving in Delhi from 28th December and the Delhiites would accommodate them in schools, Dharmasalas, temples, etc. The Karyakartas from South India would be accommodated in places in South Delhi. Delhi has hardly seen such a big rally during the last few year. The Sants have instructed all over the country that the whole movement must remain systematic and peaceful. An important meeting of the steering committee of the Ramsetu Raksha Manch would be held on 29th December, 2007 at Udasiin Ashram, Aram Baug, Paharganj, New Delhi in which there will be deliberations about the 30th December programme and further calendar of activities and strategies for the movement. The Sant Mandal would conduct this movement all over the country as long as the Government of India does not declare the Ramsetu a National Heritage and Sri Ram and Sri Krishna as historic personages. It is now clear to the Hindu society that some organizations and institutions are determined to do away with Hindu culture and Dharma. There is now no doubt about it that these organizations have been opposing the reconstruction of Sri Rama Janma Bhumi temple for the last 60 years. It is about time the people took unambiguous decision about these organizations. Now the Hindu society cannot postpone for even a day the question of reconstruction of Sri Rm Janma Bhumi. At this point of time it cannot be predicted what further course the Ramsetu movement would take beyond the accomplishment of protection of Ramsetu and reconstruction of Sri Rama Janma Bhumi temple. Released by: Vishwa Samvad Kendra
Press statement issued by Dr. S. Kalyanaraman, National President, Rameshwaram Rama Setu Raksha Manch kalyan97@gmail.com 30 December 2007
Peoples’ movement for Rama Setu
 The lakhs of people from all arts of the country assembled in this historic meeting in Delhi in Swarnajayanti Park should send a message to all people of the nation. Let there be Ramarajyam in the country as we protect Rama Setu as our national treasure and world heritage. This meeting is a historic watershed, a movement as vibrant as the movemen for Ramajanmabhoomi. ‘Don’t play with fire’; this was the caveat mentioned by the Supreme Court bench when the issue related to the Tamilnadu bandh was heard.The judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court delivered in an extraordinary open hearing of the Court on a Sunday on 30 September 2007 is historic and constitutes a watershed in constitutional governance in India. The hearing was on petitions questioning the constitutionally of the Tamilnadu bandh declared for 1 October 2007 by a group of parties who are partners in both the Central Government and the Government of Tamilnadu. It is strange that the governments which are entrusted with the security of the land should themselves be indulging in internal pressure tactics through declaration of a bandh which adversely impacts the civil society, the samajam. This is not the Rama Rajyam for which Mahatma Gandhi ji lived and died for and which is represented by the Ancient World Heritage, Rama Setu. It is the responsibility of all governments to protect and cherish this World Heritage.The Setusamudram channal project as an unstable structure, itself is in dispute in the Supreme Court since it has the effect of desiccationg a World Heritage, the Rama Setu apart from serious national security implications and good relations between neighbouring nations.

When a suggestion was made for out-of-court parleys, the Court shot back: “Don’t play with fire.”  These words of wisdom should echo in every entity of civil governance, governed by the rule of law.  The bandh was declared allegedly to put pressure on the Central Government to implement the Setusamudram channel project desiccating the world heriage, Rama Setu – a desiccation which will have devastating implications on national sovereignty, security, accumulation of nation’s wealth in placer deposits, impairment of tsunami protection measures. The project is ill-conceived and in haste without consulting and involving Geological Survey of India (GSI) and without taking the neighbouring country Srilanka into confidence and without responding to the concerns raised by 34 Srilankan environmental experts pointing to the possibility of freshwater supplies drying up in Jaffna and Rameshwaram.If GSI had been consulted, they would have pointed out the geothermal situation, presence of volcanic rocks and the possibility of project work triggering min-tsunamis and with serious consequences impacting adversely the fragile ecosystem of the 24 marine parks which have been deemed to be a South Asia biosphere.The Government of India should raise above party considerations and pro-american yen and shelve the Setusamudram channel project and order fresh, denovo review of the rationale and economic-environmental-oceanographic-navigational-law of the sea aspects of the project while avoiding the creation of an International Waters Boundary in violation of the June 1974 Sirimavo Bandaranaike-Indira Gandhi declaration of Gulf of Mannar and Palk Straits as Historic Waters as a commonwealth shared by the two nations.

Together with declaration of Rama Setu as national monment, Rameshwaram should be declared Divyakshetram to promote pilgrimage-heritage tours.  To uplift the lives of the marine people, the Setu channel project should be abandoned and as an alternative, Marine Economic Zones should be constituted along the 8118 km. long coastline of India. These MEZs will herald an unprecedented development opportunity for the livelihood of coastal people and to earn upto Rs. 40000 crores in foreign exchange per annum by exporting marine products. By protecting Rama Setu, we are protecting the sacred memory of Sri Rama whose ideals will continue to guide the nations of the world. Save Rama Setu. Victory for Bharatam. Bharat maataa ki jai. Jai Shriram.Protect Rama Setu as monument, abandon channel project, constitute Marine Economic Zone (Statement Of S. Kalyanaraman, for Ramsetu Raksha Manch, 30 December 2007)Three points are stressed:·        Rama Setu should be declared a world heritage, Rameshwaram as a Divyakshetram (Sacred region)·        Channel project should be abandoned and criminal neglect involved in the project design should be investigated·        Marine Economic Zones provide true project alternatives for marine peoples and for contributing to Developed India Vision 2020 with potential to earn Rs. 40000 crores per annum as foreign exchange.Specific aspects of serious, almost criminal neglect, in pushing the Channel project in haste and in utter disdain for public sentiment:1. Geological Survey of India was NOT involved in the project design/project monitoring. This is a serious lapse. GSI is mandated by its charter as a 200-year old institution to be consulted in projects like Narmada dam, Nagarjunasagar project. GSI has the equipment and scientists with expertise in seismology (earthquakes), oceanography. The project area is an intense heat flow zone (with hot springs in the coastline between Nagapttinam to Kerala) and mannar volcanics 105 m. years old have been identified. Any project work in such an area subject to serious fault-lines (apart from plate tectonics) of the type which resulted in the tsunami of 26 Dec. 2004 is likely to trigger mini-tsunami’s with devastating effect on the coastline. This issue of nation’s territorial integrity was never given any consideration in the project reports. The project reports do not even refer to recurring cyclones in the ocean region, the project area.2. There has been a total failure to study the cultural and national wealth aspects of the entire project area south of Rama Setu with placer deposits of very rich heavy minerals and rare earths: ilmenite, monazite, rutile, zircon, rutile sands containing thorium and titanium — nuclear resource and space age metal respectively. The whole region echoes the cultural memory of Shri Rama, the rashtra purusha, enshrined in the photolithographed version of the Constitution of India with paintings by the national artist, Nandalal Bose. Even the geological composition of the project area was not analysed in the project reports with scant regard for geophysical, geotectonic, geothermal, tsunami-cyclone experiences on the indian ocean. It should have been known to the project designers that the 150 kms. stretch south of Rama Setu is nuclear region of the world accounting for 32% of the thorium reserves of the world– thorium which is critical for ensuring energy independence for the nation.2. Nature magazine reported on 6 Sept. 2007 that another tsunami more devastating than the Dec. 2004 tsunami is likely putting at risk over 6 to 7 crore people in the Bay of Bengal coastline. This warning by scientists should have resulted in immediate suspension of all project works along the coastline (including Rama Setu) until scientists investigate the report and incorporate safety measures, saving lives and property along the coast.3. The project design was frozen before Dec. 2004 and was NOT re-examined in the wake of the impact of the tsunami of Dec. 2004. Tsunami impact has been so severe that the bathymetry of the indian ocean had changed drastically, resulting in the rise of the seabed by as much as 200 m. in some regions. The whole project should be scrapped and re-evaluated reviewing the impact of this tsunami and future tsunami-s.4. It is the responsibility of any civil government to incorporate tsunami warning systems and tsunami protection systems in the project area. Failure to do so is criminal negligence. There are NO tsunami or cyclone protection measures in the project design.5. Public hearings held in January and February 2005 were a farce since the people along the coastline were still recovering from the Dec. 2004 tsunami devastation. This puts in question the very nature of civil dialogue which should be in place in a civil society. Many issues related to India being a signatory of many international conventions such as World Heritage, Underwater Cultural Heritage, Law of the sea (protection of the habitats of aquatic and marine resources), Wild Life protections have been given the short-shrift as evidenced by the evidence produced in the courts.6. Sir A Ramaswamy Mudaliar Committee (1956) had categorically ruled out a channel cutting through Rama Setu citing three reasons: a. shifting sandbanks in the project area which is the world’s sedimentation sink; b. impossibility of providing protective works and locks in a mid-ocean channel passage as distinct from a land-based canal; and c. creating an international waters boundary. This recommendation accepted by four subsequent committees has been disregarded by choosing alignment 6 under US diktat (US Navy operational directive of 23 June 2005 and inauguration of the channel project on 2 July 2005). This arbitrary and high-handed decision to create an international waters boundary where none existed (under Sirimavo Bandaranaike-Indira Gandhi declaration of June 1974, the area was declared as ‘HISTORIC WATERS’ that is, waters shared as a commonwealth between India and Srilanka under UN Law of the Sea 1958). The violation of this declaration under US diktat which refused to recognize this declaration and sent their naval ships to operationalise their assertion of these being international waters is an assault on nation’s sovereignty, national security and survival.7. Srilankan experts’ concerns on the impact on environment have been ignored. The concerns included the possibility of impacting fresh-water supplies to Jaffna and Rameshwaram by the desiccation of limestone freshwater caves in the project area during project dredging/blasting work. 8. Salvage operations for a grounded naval vessel have NOT been discussed in any of the project reports. In Suez canal, special arrangements using bollards every 200 ft. and metal wires are in place to salvage a grounded ship in any segment along the entire stretch of the canal. No such arrangements exist in the channel project; in fact, such salvage operations are virtually impossible in a mid-ocean channel. There is no experience anywhere in the world for maintaining the stability of such a mid-ocean channel passage. Suez and Panama canals are land-based canals. Any prudent designer should have carefully evaluated the option for a land-based canal and issues of navigational hazards, before venturing into creating a veritable international boundary exactly 3 kms. west of the medial line between India and Srilanka and calling it a Setusamudram Channel.9. Project cost-benefit estimates were padded. One instance is the wrong computation of time saving through this channel. It is clear that for navigation between Kolkata and Tuticorin, the proposed channel will save only one hour and 45 mts. as Capt. Balakrishnan has demonstrated. This fundamental parameter puts the economics of the entire project in question. Another instance is the wrong computation of maintenance dredging. In this sedimentation sink, perpetual dredging will be needed to keep the channel stable and open. Costs of such dredging could be prohibitive rending the entire project a sick unit from day one.10. Whether man-made or vaanara-made or a combination of natural geological features and artificial bridge structures, Rama Setu has performed a role as tsunami-protection wall saving the coastline of Tamilnadu and Kerala south of Rama Setu. Care should have been taken before recommending desiccation of such a protective structure. Rama Setu has a role in the accumulation of mineral placer deposits, unique in the whole world creating a veritable nuclear coast of the world. Without undertaking detailed multi-disciplinary studies, such a structure which has ensured nation’s coastline integrity and nation’s wealth should not have been interfered with.For these charges of criminal neglect, errors of commission and omission, Government of India should provide the answers by appointing a Commission of Enquiry under Supreme Court monitoring.A state which behaves like the Taliban destroying the Bamiyan buddha will not gain recognition in the comity of nations as a civil state. It is the responsibility of every citizen (under Fundamental Duties enshrined in the Constitution) and hence of the state to protect nation’s heritage. There is no greater heritage than Rama Setu, spanning the ocean between India and Srilanka and enshrined as a divyakshetram in the hearts of every citizen of the world.It is the duty of the state and the samajam to protect, conserve and cherish a heritage such as Rama Setu evoking Shri Rama who is vigrahavaan dharmah, the very embodiment of dharma. Forgetting dharma, we forget our very identity and meaning of our very social life, either for nihs’reyas or for abhyudayam. We are trustees of the punyabhumi for the present and future generations; a trust which can be betrayed only by rendering the state as an instrument of high-handedness, arrogance and utter disregard for human sentiments. A state which is meant to protect cannot become an instrument of destruction, trampling sentiments. The state has chosen to ignore the thousands of pages of evidence produced in courts about this world heritage monument.Marine Economic Zones should be constituted along the 8118 km. long coastline of India with the objective of increasing the foreign exchange earnings through marine products exports from the present annual level of Rs. 8000 crores to Rs. 40000 crores in the next two to three years, considering that the fish landings have increased along the coast five-fold during the last 40 years. In Tamilnadu alone, the foreign exchange earnings per annum will increase from the present Rs. 2000 crores to Rs. 10,000 crores thus benefiting 20 lakh marine people of the state. Same prospect can be replicated along the entire coastline, thus providing a new lease of life to marine people.Statement of Dr. S.Kalyanaraman, Former Sr. Exec., Asian Development Bank and National President, Rameshwaram Rama Setu Raksha Manch (Protection Movement) 30 Dec. 2007Setusamudram Channel project is a project disaster and should be abandoned. It has been hastily pushed forward without adequate scientific investigations. The results of the experts’ opinions so far is that this project is not viable on economic, environmental, coastal security, oceanographic and navigational perspectives. No mid-ocean channel passage of this type has been made anywhere in the world and is a risky enterprise which exposes the entire southern coastline of the nation at risk. Nature magazine in its Sept. 6, 2007 issue warned of a tsunami much more devastating tha the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami which will put at risk 6 to 7 crore people along the coastline of the country. This warning alone should make the Government of India suspend all coastal projects and constitute a multi-disciplinary team of experts to recommend adequate protective measures (such as tsunami protection walls as in Japan) to save the lives of the coastal and marine people and coastal properties.Abandoning the channel project, Government of India should announce an alternative to take the country to a developed nation status. Marine Economic Zones should be constituted along the 8118 km. long coastline of India with the objective of increasing the foreign exchange earnings through marine products exports from the present annual level of Rs. 8000 crores to Rs. 40000 crores in the next two to three years, considering that the fish landings have increased along the coast five-fold during the last 40 years. In Tamilnadu alone, the foreign exchange earnings per annum will increase from the present Rs. 2000 crores to Rs. 10,000 crores thus benefiting 20 lakh marine people of the state. Same prospect can be replicated along the entire coastline, thus providing a new lease of life to marine people.Government of India should declare Rama Setu as a monument of national importance under the 1958 Ancient Monuments Protection Act and suggest to UNESCO that the monument be declared as world heritage. Rameshwaram should be declared as a Divyakshetram and promoted as a major pilgrimage-heritage site of the nation, while establishing a Marine Museum in the Gulf of Mannar along the 24 marine bioreserve national parks.Specific studies are recommended as follows:1.      Govt. of India stated in its affidavit before Supreme Court that the public hearings were on 28 Jan. & Feb., 2005. Surprisingly the whole coastal area of Tamilnadu  was affected by Tsumani of Dec. 26, 2004, and it was impossible to conduct a fair public hearing. The impact of the impending tsunami (warned in Sept.6, 2007 issue of Nature magazine) should be subjected to detailed investigation by a multi-disciplinary team of experts.2.      A complete study is required by the Geological survey of India to determine geotectonic situation in the Rama Setu area, ocean currents, changes in bathymetry of the Indian ocean after the tsunami of 26 Dec.2004.3.      It is pertinent to note that the project runs through Gulf of Mannar & Palk Bay, both of which are distinctly different ocean current systems; this project would mix & remix the ocean waters rendering the bathymetry of the channel area totally unstable.4.      Consultation with National Institute of Oceanography is also required to delineate the conditions of the ocean; researchers point to the fact that this project area is a sedimentation sink of the world’s ocean currents; continuing sedimentation will be virtually impossible to control noted Sir A Ramaswamy Mudaliar Committee of 1956.5.      This area has already been declared as a marine biosphere of South Asia and it is a highly fertile aquatic breeding are of the country, apart from the 24 marine national parks of Ram Setu area being home to 3,600 aquatic species; a study and consultation report is required from Central Marine and Fisheries Research Institute.6.      It is a historically and culturally important area. A detailed study of Archeological survey of India is required in the special context of Marine Archeology for which ASI has established a separate unit.7.      The various study reports, in particular the report of 34 Srilankan   experts, invite attention to the dangers that this sethu Samudaram project will also disturb the ground drinking water of the coastal area of Jaffna & Rameshwaram. Consultation with experts in ground water systems is necessary.8.      Geotectonic studies are also required because it is an intense Geothermal activity area (marked as Zone 2 in Heat Flow map of India prepared by Geological Survey of India) and existence of volcanic rocks and hotspring wells along this coastline are known through various studies. Any project work involving dredging and/or blasting is likely to trigger these faultlines in the ecologically fragile zone.9.      It is a well-known fact that in other countries like Japan they have constructed a Tsunami safety walls, since tsunamis recur at the same spots and zone;but, no environment management plan has been prepared by the govt. for the protection of coastal area from Tsunamis. There is a report in the Nature magazine of 6 September 2007 of another more devastating tsunami in this zone, directed towards Rama Setu; Govt. should suspend all coastal project works and order a multi-disciplinary inquiry on the safeguards needed to protect nation’s coastline and peoples’ lives.10.  The displacement problems and livelihood of 138 directly affected villages of fisherman has not been studied.11.  The economic viability aspect of sethu Samudaram project is in question since the project estimates are faulty, have been padded and grossly underestimate the maintenance dredging requirements, apart from ignoring any provisions for salvage operations for grounded vessels, comparable to those provided on Suez and Panama land-based canals. The experiment with a mid-ocean channel passage is an unprecedented project in human history and has not taken into account the warnings issues by Sir A Ramaswamy Mudaliar Committee Report on the impossibility of providing protective works in such a channel and of locks on either end of the channel to separate the Bay of Bengal waters from Gulf of Mannar.12.   Impact on international relations has not been studied.13.   Cost recovery is doubtful. The channel is likely to be a sick-unit from day one.14.   No comparative study has been made on the losses resulting from adverse impacts on fishing industry and aquatic resources industry.15.  Complete study is needed of the historical evolution of local s’ankha or conch (turbinella pyrum) industry which is unique in the world as an 8500 year-old continuing industry.16.  There have been no consultations with industrial groups like FICCI, Assocham, traders, NGOs of the coastal region, and Fishermen associations.17.  There is no white paper on technical feasiblity report.18.  Alternative transport systems such as pipelines and highways are growing rapidly in the country. Economics of alternative transport modes, as an alternative to navigation have not been presented.19.  Violation of International sea conventions.20.  Violation of Historic Water Treaty with Srilanka (June 1974 between Smt. Indira Gandhi and Smt. Sirimavo Bandaranaike) declaring the waters as Historic Waters. US Naval Operational Directive of 23 June 2005 questions this declaration and treats these as international waters. By creating the channel along the medial line, under apparent pressure from USA, national sovereignty is impaired, breaking Srilanka apart from India which is effectively connected as a land-mass because of Rama Setu as a functioning bridge linking the two countries for thousands of years. (Annexed is a statement of Former SC Justice VR Krishna Iyer on this issue).21.  Permanent loss of endangered species is an imminent and present danger and due to the continuing dredging in the area, problems of turbidity/loss of sunlight will arise for sea species thus disturbing the sea habitat which is a violation of the Law of the Sea 1958 conventions.22.  The project disturbs the world’s unique, and richest coral reef area.23.  The affected project area includes the coastal line of Kerala, which was required to be studied. Failure to study this coastal region’s placer deposit wealth is a serious neglect, endangering the safety of the South India’s coastline including the coastline of Kerala.24.  The impending loss of Thorium deposit of the country in placer deposits of monazite, ilmenite, rutile, zircon and garnet placer deposits along the coastline.25.  For a comprehensive archeological study, the travelers; reports from 14 th Century to 18th Century, ancient coins, sculptures, districts gazettes and districts manuals are to be studied and considered.26.  The name, ‘Sethu-’ in ‘Sethusamudram’ indicates the cause and reason for historicity; district Rameshwaram is named after Shri Ram venerated as Rashtrapurush on the Constitution of India; both facets of historical and religious importance are to be considered and studied before carrying out any project on Rama Setu. The name ‘Setu’ meaning bridge, artificial bund (English word bund comes from Bandha, Setubandha of Bharatiya traditions) and mostly the persons around the locality are named after Sethu as well as Shri Ram. The project shall not, in violation of Section 295 of Indian Penal Code, make any invasion into the belief and faith or religious ceremony and religious importance attached to the world heritage ancient monument.27.  There are so many references of Ram Setu in Indian scriptures & sculptures, indicating the construction of Setu by Shri Rama and required to be studied are works such as Valmiki Ramayana, Kamba Ramayana, Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana, Agni Purana, Skanda Purana, Garuda Purana, Narada Purana and variouos other books such as Setubandha of King Damodara Sena of 5 th century, relating with the Indian culture, especially R.C. Majumdar’s book on history of India and Asiatic Society researches and travelogues during the colonial regime, including Presidency Manuals of the British regime and correspondences of Lord Pentland of Madras Presidency with the Viceroy.28.  There are so many places in India and specially in the context of Ram Setu in this particular area, both iin Srilanka and Tamil Nadu, whose relevance can be linked in the context of the Itihasa and facts outlined in the Ramayana.29.  The Sethu Samudram project also endangers National security and it is grave danger to Kalpakam Atomic Station which requires studies by both Atomic Scientists along with the project Scientists, geopolitical and security experts.30.  Threat by LTTE is not assessed and it requires to be studied in the of the ocean border strategies31.  Study of geopolitics is required especially in context of US Navy operational directive related to the area issued on 23 rd June.2005.32.  The creation of channel would alter the International Waters Boundary which would enable the neighbouring countries to restrict the operations of Indian Coast Guard and pose a threat to naval security.33.   No proper appraisal of earlier study reports from 1860 to 1981 and reasons why the British abandoned the idea of a navigational passage through the Gulf of Mannar and instead chose a Railwayline between Kolkata and Bombay to transport the mineral wealth for export.34.  A fresh study report is also required for assessing of the necessity of the project in the context of the existence of the Pamban gap with a Railway cantilever bridge which provides for navigation by small naval craft.35.  A proper study and consideration is needed of religious sentiments of entire Hindu Community before carrying out the present channel project.36.  There are dangers of losing flora and fauna due to oil spillage during navigation.37.  A comprehensive study is needed for simulating and evaluating the impact of changing of ocean currents in future.38.  Impact of future climatic changes is required to be analyzed especially in contest of cyclones, tsunamsi & global warming.Statement of D. Kuppuramu, President, Tamilnadu Fishermens’ Federation (Bharatiya Meenavar Sangam), 30 Dec. 2007 Setusamudram Channel Project is a disaster for the livelihood of coastal people. If a mid-ocean channel is put in place across Rama Setu, the present marine industry cannot function, thus devastating the livelihood of coastal people dependent upon the fishing industry. The project will also destroy the serene marine bioreserve of Gulf of Mannar located on 24 national parks. These marine national parks provide for the marine people whose lives depend upon the diving for corals, pearls and for algae along the coral reefs. The project will also devastate the marine life of 3600 unique species of flora and fauna including green turtles and dugong (sea-cow) which is a vegetarian mammal feeding on sea grass and feedings its young with its milk. Even assuming that the Setu channel project will yield Rs. 200 crore revenue per annum, this will destroy an industry which today produces Rs. 2000 crores per annum in foreign exchange through marine product exports from the coastal region of Tamilnadu: Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Thuthukudi and Kanyakumari. This foreign exchange earning accounts for 25% of the nation’s foreign exchange earning through export of marine products. An alternative is to abandon the Setu channel project and to set up Marine Economic Zones along the long, 8118 km. coastal region of India. This suggestion of setting up MEZs has been endorsed by Dr. S. Kalyanaraman, Former Sr. Exec., Asian Development Bank and by Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Professor in Harvard University who was a Commerce Minister in the Govt. of India. MEZ will give a new lease of life to the marine people and have the potential to increase their incomes five-fold in the next two to three years. Marine Economic Zone (MEZ) is different from Special Economic Zone (SEZ).  

  • MEZ is swadeshi, while SEZ is intended to promote foreign investment
  • MEZ is meant for using marine resources, while SEZ replaces cultivable land to promote industry. MEZ does NOT involve any displacement of any existing industry.
  • MEZ is a cooperative of small fishermen and small-scale marine product processing sector on the long coastline of Bharat, while SEZ is a concentrated large-scale activity creating an industrial megapolis.

 MEZ needs an attractive fiscal package both at the Centre and the State levels. This package should be comparable to the fiscal package offered for SEZ. Objective of MEZ is to generate marine economic activity and employment. The key components of MEZ are: 

  1. Generation of additional economic activity using the five-fold increase in fish landings along the coastline of Bharat.
  2. promotion of exports of marine products and services
  3. promotion of investment from domestic sources
  4. creation of employment opportunities
  5. development of infrastructure facilities by increased numbers of fishing harbours and fishing vessels, equipment, cold-storage facilities and marine product processing industries

 MEZ will trigger a flow of domestic investment in infrastructure and productive capacity. A single window MEZ approval mechanism should be established with a MEZ Board of Approval (BOA) composed of leaders from the coastal communities. MEZ will be a central scheme with funding directly provided to the MEZs which should function as autonomous institutions led by a Board composed of members drawn from the coastal communities. States’ contributions will be in the nature of complementary governance activities and state services related to law and order, maintenance of road networks and civic amenities. MEZ will involve the build up of infrastructure of housing, medical services and schools for the direct benefit of the coastal marine communities. Central Government should provide direct insurance cover to the fisherfolk engaged in the risky activity of fishing on high-seas of the Indian Ocean (including Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal).On the same lines of rules/incentives provided for SEZ, the MEZ Rules should provide for :·       Simplified procedures for development, operation, and maintenance of the Marine Economic Zones and for setting up units and conducting business in MEZs; ·       Single window clearance for setting up of an MEZ; ·       Single window clearance for setting up a unit in a Marine Economic Zone; ·       Single Window clearance on matters relating to Central as well as State Governments; ·       Simplified compliance procedures and documentation with an emphasis on self certification    ·       Foreign investments should be encouraged only where the domestic investors require specific areas of technical collaboration not available within the country. Incentives and facilities for MEZ The incentives and facilities offered to the units in MEZs for attracting investments into the MEZs:- ·       Duty free import/domestic procurement of goods for development, operation and maintenance of MEZ units ·       100% Income Tax exemption on export income for MEZ units under Section 10AA of the Income Tax Act for first 5 years, 50% for next 5 years thereafter and 50% of the ploughed back export profit for next 5 years. ·       Exemption from minimum alternate tax under section 115JB of the Income Tax Act. ·       External commercial borrowing by MEZ units upto US $ 500 million in a year without any maturity restriction through recognized banking channels. ·       Exemption from Central Sales Tax. ·       Exemption from Service Tax. ·       Single window clearance for Central and State level approvals. ·       Exemption from State sales tax and other levies as extended by the respective State Governments.   The major incentives and facilities available to MEZ developers include:-·       Exemption from customs/excise duties for development of MEZs for authorized operations approved by the BOA. ·       Income Tax exemption on export income for a block of 10 years in 15 years under Section 80-IAB of the Income Tax Act. ·       Exemption from minimum alternate tax under Section 115 JB of the Income Tax Act. ·       Exemption from dividend distribution tax under Section 115O of the Income Tax Act. ·       Exemption from Central Sales Tax (CST). ·       Exemption from Service Tax (Section 7, 26 and Second Schedule of the MEZ Act).   

Rama Setu: Personal hearing by Setu Committee, Kalyanaraman http://kalyan97.wordpress.com/2007/10/31/rama-setu-personal-hearing-by-setu-committee-kalyanaraman/

I was surprised that the Committee should ask me to provide them with copies of the Madras HC judgement of 19 June 2007 and references to Setu in Sangam and ancient Tamil texts.  In addition to the Chairman and Member Secretary, there were 5 members of the Committee. Outside the Committee room, there is a big announcement that it is a PRIVATE HEARING. This is in violation of the high democratic traditions promised by ASG in the Supreme Court for listening to alternative views. Anyway, I just had 25 minutes to present my views in addition to my written submission. The big announcement said that only 10 minutes are allowed. So much for transparency of the Committee process which is clearly a command performance, expected to submit their report on Nov. 11. I hope and pray that the Committee members will have the integrity to go through all the volumes of submissions carefully and with due diligence. Hope springs eternal even in a criminalised polity.

Rama Setu: Objections on Setu channel, submitted to CEPSSCP by   Dr. S. Kalyanaraman

Chennai, 31 October 2007 (Regd. Post Ack. Due)To:Member Secretary, Committee of Eminent Persons on Sethu Samudram Shipping Channel Project, MALLIGAI, No. 30/95, P.S. KUMARASAMY RAJA (GREENWAYS) ROAD, Chennai – 600 028. Tel No.  : 044-24959005, 24959006Respected sir,Sub: Request for opportunity for presentation before the CommitteeThanks for providing me an opportunity for PRIVATE HEARING on 31 October 2007 between 10 and 10:25 AM.As requested, I am attaching herewith two documents:1.      Madras HC judgement of 19 June 2007 in 11 pages detailing why Rama Setu should be declared as an Ancient Monument under the 1958 Act. You may note that the Hon’ble Court noted that irrespective of whether the Rama Setu is man-made or natural, it meets the criteria for such a declaration.2.      References to Setubandhanam in Tamil texts starting from Akananooru, Sangam age text and also Manimekalai and Silappadikaaram.I would like to reiterate the oral submissions made by me highlighting the following aspects making it imperative to shelve the Setu mid-ocean channel passage project:·        Nature magazine of 6 Sept. 2007 indicates the ongoing plate tectonic activity in Sunda plate and the impending tsunami more devastating than the 26 Dec. 2004 tsunami.·        There has been serious neglect in not conducting detailed studies and total review of the project in the wake of the Dec. 2004 tsunami and impossibility of providing protective measures in the channel and locks on either end of the channel rendering the channel a navigational hazard and a national security issue.·        References to the responsibility of public servants under Section 295 and 304 of IPC in ensuring that there is no hurt to sentiments of  communities and the minimizing of loss of lives by any project alternatives.·        The ongoing loot of thorium deposits (monazite sand) place deposit accumulations south of Rama Setu and the national imperative to protect these accumulations thanks to Rama Setu acting as a sieve with clock-wise and counter-clock-wise ocean currents.·        Reference to the FIR of 19 pages lodged in Madurai Bench of Madras HC about illegal export of thorium-containing sands from sand godowns.·        Failure to involve the Geological Survey of India in the project design.·        Arbitrary drawing of a channel passage 3 kms. west of the medial line between India and Srilanka without pre-project bathymetry and oceanographic studies.·        Failure to involve National Institute of Oceanography.·        Interference by US Navy Operational Directive of 23 June 2005 and inauguration of the project on 2 July 2005 disregarding the Sirimavo Bandaranaike-Indira Gandhi declaration of June 1974 declaring the Gulf of Mannar-Palk bay waters as HISTORIC WATERS. US Navy treating these as international waters is ominous and impinges upon India’s national sovereignty effectively succumbing to US pressures creating an international boundary which Sir A Ramaswamy Mudaliar Committee categorically sought to avoid. The Commiteee had also categorically stated that any idea of cutting a channel passage through Rama Setu should be ABANDONED because of the impossibility of controlling sedimentation in the region and the Committee suggested a land-based canal across Mandapam with protective measures and locks on the lines of the land-based Suez or Panama Canals. Fisherfolk from India and Srilanka have historically had rights to use the aquatic resources as a shared commonwealth.·        Failure of NEERI to take into account the sedimentation rates, recurrence of cyclones and tsunamis.·        Madras HC judgement of 19 June 2007 in 11 pages is a categorical acceptance of the 3000 pages of evidence submitted and the Court observation that the Rama Setu is an Ancient Monument under the 1958 Act. The Court also referred to Section 295 IPC and the recommendations of Sir A Ramaswamy Mudaliar Committee.·        References to Setu in Parantaka Chola’s copper plate (Velanjeri) of 10th century, 1903 Madras Presidency Administrative Manual, 1972 Ramanathapuram Gazetteer, sculptures showing setubandhana in a panel on Parambanan temple in Indonesia (published by Archaeological Survey of India), unprofessional nature of the withdrawn ASI affidavit in the Supreme Court and failure of project reports to recognize the archaeological, cultural and religious importance of the Setutirtha, Chittoor Rani Padmini’s baaraat taking place on Rama Setu (since her birthplace was Jaffna) which has always functioned as a land-bridge between India and Srilanka, meaning of the word ‘setu’ in Tamil meaning ‘ceyarkarai’ (artificial bund), bund as an English word coming from Bandha of Indian languages, imperative of declaring it as Ancient Monument, recommendation to declare it as World Heritage and as Divyakshetra on the lines of the declaration by AP Govt. for Tirumala pilgrimage place.E&OE. I have a request to make. Please do make available to me a copy of the transcript of my oral submission since my submission has been videographed. Thanking you,Dr. S. Kalyanaraman 
jkes’oje~ jkelsrq j{kk eap }kjk vk;ksftr 30 fnlEcj 2007 ¼jfookj½ ds fojkV lEesyu ds fy, iatkc ds eq[;ea=h Jh izdk’k flag ckny dk lans’k fo’o ds vk/;kfRed bfrgkl dh egkure l`tuk ds v/;k;ksa esa ls ,d v/;k; ds izfr J)k vÆir djus ds fy, ,df=r g¨ jgs yk[k¨a ns’kokfl;¨a ds lkFk lfEefyr g¨us esa eSa Álérk v©j x©jo dk vuqo dj jgk gw¡A egku~ jkek;.k esa ftu ÄVukv¨a dk mYys[k gSA os ÄVuk,a gekjh bl Ákphure /kjk ij lfn;¨a ls lH;rk ds fodkl dh Árhd jgh gSA fo’o ds tuleqnk; ds ,d cgqr cM+s fgLls ds fy, Jh jkepUæ th vk/;kfRed lR; v©j lkalkfjd vkpj.k ds egku~ vkn’kZ gaSA fo’o ds nwljs vusd vk/;kfRed egkiq:”k¨a dh rjg gh Jh jkepaæ th dk Áko etgc] fcjknjh v©j ns’k dh lhek ds h ikj tkrk gSA  jkelsrq ikou jkek;.k esa oÆ.kr ,d egRoiw.kZ ÄVuk gSA eq>s irk pyk gS fd uklk }kjk mixzg ds ek/;e ls fy, x, fp=¨a ls h Jhyadk v©j jkes’oje~ d¨ t¨M+us okys ekuo fuÆer iqy ds vfLrRo dh iqf”V g¨rh gSA ;gk¡ ;g mYys[k djuk h egRoiw.kZ gS fd y¨ddFkkv¨a v©j iqjkrRo v/;;u ls bl ckr dk irk pyrk gS fd Jhyadk esa euq”; ds fuokl ds Áek.k 17]50]000 o”kZ iwoZ ds feyrs gSaA iqjkrRo izek.k¨a us jkelsrq dh mez h yxx ;gh crkà gSA ;g lh tkudkfj;k¡ jkek;.k ds jgL;e; ié¨a d¨ [k¨yus dk dke djrh gSA ,slk ekuk tkrk gS fd jkek;.k dh ÄVuk vkt ls yxx 17]50]000 o”kZ igys =srk ;qx esa gqà FkhA bu lh lwpukv¨a ls fo’o j esa ftKklqv¨a ds fy, vk/;kfRedrk ds }kj [kqysaxsA lcls egRoiw.kZ ckr r¨ gekjs fy, ;g gS fd euq”; tkfr ds mn~o ls ysdj lH;rk ds fodkl rd dh tM+sa kjrh; i©jkf.kdrk ls tqM+h gqà gSA  kjr viuh le`) vk/;kfRed ijEijkv¨a v©j fofé lkaLd`frd Lo:i¨a ij x©jo djrk gSA gekjs lh xq:v¨a] egkiq:”k¨a] lar¨a] _f”k;¨a v©j ‘kkL=¨a esa lh ds vk/;kfRed fo’okl¨a v©j O;ogkj¨a dk lEeku djus ds fy, Ásfjr fd;k tkrk gSA ;gh kjrh; laLd`fr dk lo¨ZŸke xq.k gSA ;g nqkZX;iw.kZ gS fd dqN y¨x¨a us jkelsrq ds eqÌs ij ,d xSjt:jh fookn [kM+k djus dh d¨f’k’k dh ftlls cpk tk ldrk FkkA eq>s bl ckr dh [kq’kh gS fd bl fo”k; ij uà fnYyh esa 30 fnlacj d¨ ,d fo’ks”k lk dk vk;¨tu fd;k tk jgk gSA jkek;.k esa oÆ.kr vk/;kfRed fojklr ds Áfr lEeku ÁnÆ’kr djus ds fy, eSa h yk[k¨a ns’kokfl;¨a ds lkFk lfEefyr g¨ jgk gw¡A  ¼ewy vaxzsth dk fgUnh vuqokn½                              g@&———————– ¼izdk’k flag ckny½
rfeyukMq esa usrk foi{k vkSj vky bafM;k vUuk nzfoM+ equs= dtxe dhegklfpo lqJh t;yfyrk }kjk jkes’oje~ jkelsrq j{kk eap }kjk vk;ksftr fojkV lEesyu esa Hkstk x;k lans’kns’k dh jkt/kkuh ubZ fnYyh esa jkes’oje jkelsrq j{kk eap }kjk vk;ksftr fojkV lEesyu esa mifLFkr tuleqnk; dks esjk lknj iz.kke~A      ftl fnu ls jkelsrq ds /oal dk fo”k; ppkZ esa vk;k gS rc gh ls eSa bl laca/k esa c;ku tkjh dj ns’kokfl;ksa dks fpfUgr dj jgh gw¡ fd fdl izdkj bl lsrq dk fo/oal bl {ks= ds thou ds fy;s] i;kZoj.k ds fy;s] {ks= esa lkeqfnzd thou ds vkfLrRo ij rFkk ml eNqvkjs lekt ds fy;s ,d xgjk ladV gS ftudh thfodk dk ,dek= lzksr lkeqfnzd thou gh gSA Hkxoku jke ds lkFk bl lsrq dk ,sfrgkfld vkSj ijaijkxr laca/k u dsoy Hkkjr ds yksxksa ds eu&efLr”d esa fo|eku gS oju~ leLr fo’o esa fuokl djus okys fgUnqvksa ds eu&efLr”d esa Hkh fo|eku gSA      jkelsrq ds /kkfeZd vkSj ,sfrgkfld ls ijs vkSj bl lsrq ds ewy laca/kh rdksZ dks fd ;g ekuo fufeZr gS ;k izkd`frd cukoV gS dks ;fn ,d vksj j[k ns rks Hkh bl lR; ls badkj ugha fd;k tk ldrk fd ;g lsrq fo’o ds ,d peRdkjksa esa ls gS vkSj blds egRo ds pyrs bls fo’o dh izkphure /kjksgj ds :i esa bldh j{kk dh tkuh pkfg;sA fdlh Hkh ljdkj dks bl lsrq dks /oLr djus dk vf/kdkj ugha gS ;gha dkj.k gS fd esjh ljdkj us lsrq leqnze ugj ifj;kstuk dks dsUnz ljdkj ds tcnZLr ncko ds ckn Hkh i;kZoj.k laca/kh vuqefr ugha nh FkhA      gky gh esa tc dsUnz ljdkj us lokZsPp U;k;ky; ds le{k viuh fjiksVZ lkSius ds iwoZ tc bl izdYi dk ijh{k.k djus ds fy;s ,d lfefr dk fuekZ.k fd;k rks eq>s yxk fd ;g esjk nkf;Ro gS fd yksxksa ds le{k fuEufyf[kr rF; izLrqr d:aA      bl lfefr dks ‘kk;n gh fo’ks”kKks dh lfefr dgk tk ldrk gS tSlk fd dsUnz ljdkj dk nkok gSA de ls de rhu lnL; bfrgkldkj gS tks fd egkiq:”k jke dh ,sfrgkfld ekU;rk dk mRrj ns ldrs gSA ,d izfrfuf/k uhjh ¼us’kuy ,uok;jesVy baftfu;fjax ,.M fjlpZ baLVhV~;wV½ ds gSa ftudk fd bl ifj;kstuk es fgr fufgr gS vr% mudk i{kikr iw.kZ n`f”Vdks.k vkuk LokHkkfod gSA ,d vkSj lnL; vkj-,l-‘kekZ jketUeHkwfe ekeys esa ckcjh efLtn ,D’ku desVh ds xokg gSaA bl lfefr ds lHkkifr Jh ,l-jkepUnzu igys gh lsrq leqnze ifj;kstuk ds leFkZu esa lkoZtfud :i ls c;ku ns pqds gSA muls vc fdlh vyx n`f”Vdks.k dh vis{kk ugha fd tk ldrh bl rF;ksa ds vk/kkj ij lfefr ds lnL;ksa dh fu”i{krk dks ysdj turk esa ‘kk;n gh fo’okl gks ldsaA lcls egRoiw.kZ rF; ;g gS fd rVh; yksxksa fo’ks”kdj eNqvkjksa dh leL;k ij ppkZ djus ds fy;s lfefr dksbZ Hkh lekt foKkuh ugha gSA ukSifjogu ls lacf/kr fo”k; ij ppkZ djus ds fy;s dksbZ lkeqfnzd ;k ukSifjogu fo’ks”kK ugha gSA lqj{kk laca/kh fpUrkvksa ij ppkZ djus ds fy;s dksbZ ugha gS fo’ks”k :i ls rc tc fd lsrq leqnze ugj ,d vUrjkZ”Vªh; egklkxjh; ekxZ cu jgk gSA egklkxj ls lacaf/kr fo’ks”kK Hkh ugha gS tks egklkxj dh rajxksa vkSj lqukeh izHkkfor {ks=ksa esa buds vlj ij ppkZ dj ldsA blh izdkj vkfFkZd fo”k; ls lacaf/kr dksbZ vFkZ’kkL=h; ugha gS tcfd dgk tk jgk gS fd lsrq leqnze ifj;kstuk rfeyukMq dks vkfFkZd :i ls mUur djsxhA bu rF;ksa dks NksM+ nsus ds ckn bl lfefr dh fo’oluh;rk vkSj fjiksVZ dh lR;rk ij xaHkhj lansg mRié gksrk gSA       bu rF;ksa dks j[kus ds ckn esa ekax djrh gw¡ fd ;g lfefr dks Hkax fd;k tk;sA bl lanHkZ esa ;g Hkh ladsr dju pkgrh gw¡ fd lsrq leqnze ugj ifj;kstuk ns’k ds fy;s cgqr de egRo dh gksxh blls vFkZO;oLFkk ij] tgktksa ds ifjogu ij] i;kZoj.k ij rFkk yksxksa ds cM+s lewg dh Hkkoukvksa ij bldk foijhr izHkko iM+sxkA      Hkkjr ds lafo/kku dh /kkjk 32 ds varxZr eSaus fjV ;kfpdk nk;j dj ,d vk/kkj Hkwr <kpkaxr izdYi ds vkM+ esa ,sfrgkfld] iqjkrkfRod vkSj fojklr ds egRo ds jkelsrq dks rksM+k tkus ls jksdus ds fy;s loksZPp U;k;ky; ls vkxzg fd;k gSA blds fy;s fuEufyf[kr rdZ izLrqr fd;s x;s gSAØ    jkelsrq ,d izkphu jk”Vªh; Lekjd ds :i esa lajf{kr vkSj ?kkf”kr fd;s tkus dh iwjh ik=rk j[krk gS D;ksafd 1958 ds vf/kfu;e ds varxZr izkphu Lekjd dh ifjHkk”kk iwjh rjg jkelsrq ij ykxw gksrh gSAØ    jkelsrq dks HkkSxksfyd vk/kkj ij vusd losZ{k.k ekufp=ksa vkSj ,sfrgkfld iqLrdksa esa ,MElfczt dgk x;k gSA bl dkj.k bldh izkphurk vkSj vn~Hkqr xq.kksa ds dkj.k bls fo’o fojklr dk LFky ekuk tkuk pkfg;sAØ    vesfjdk ds uklk }kjk fy, x, ds lsVsykbV fp=ksa esa vHkh gky esa izkphu lsrq dks ik;k x;k gS vkSj bldk HkkSfrd vfLrRo fl) gqvk gS tks fd izkphudky dk ,d egRoiw.kZ <kapk gSA bldk dky yk[kksa o”kZ iqjkuk gS vkSj vuqekur% 17]50]000 o”kZ iqjkuk gSAØ    bl lsrq dk Hkkjr ds yk[kksa yksxksa vkSj fo’o esa fuokl djus okys fgUnqvksa dh Hkkoukvksa dh n`f”V ls vrqyuh; egRo dk gS bl dkj.k bl <kaps dks fo’kq) :i ls ,sfrgkfld vkSj iqjkrkfRod vk/kkj ij lajf{kr fd;k tkuk pkfg;sAØ    lsrq leqnze ugj ifj;kstuk ds varxZr izLrkfor gS fd jkelsrq ds var esa /kuq”kdksfV ds fudV leqnz ds fNNys ikuh dh Mªsftax dh tk;sxh bl pSuy ls tgktksa ds xqtjus ds fy;s jkLrk cuk;k tk;sxk vkSj lsrq dks uqdlku igqapkrs gq, lsrq ls gksdj jkLrk cuk;k tk;sxkAØ    varjkZ”Vªh; le>kSrksa ds varxZr jk”Vªksa ,sfrgkfld vkSj iqjkrkfRod LFkyksa dks lajf{kr djus dk vkns’k gS rFkk bu le>kSrksa dk ,d i{k gksus ds ukrs Hkkjr dk nkf;Ro curk gS fd og jkelsrq tSls fojklr okys LFkyksa dh j{kk djsaAØ    ;gk¡ rd fd lqukeh ds izy; esa jkelsrq us ,d izkd`frd vojks/k dk dke fd;k vkSj izR;{k fo/oal dks jksdkA blls HkkSxksfyd vkSj i;kZojf.kd n`f”V ls Hkh bl {ks= dks cpkus esa jkelsrq dk egRoiw.kZ LFkku gSA            vkt 30 fnlEcj] 2007 ¼jfookj½ dh bl jSyh dh lQyrk ds fy, eSaa izHkq ds pj.kksa esa izkFkZuk djrh gw¡( D;ksafd ;g ns’k ds cgqr cM+s lekt ds yksxksa dh l’kDr Hkkoukvksa dks izfrfcfEcr djrh gSaAg@&———————      ¼vaxzsth ewy dk fgUnh vuqokn½lqJh ts0 t;yfyrkiwoZ eq[;ea=h&rfeyukMq
nf{k.kkEuk; J`axsjh’kkjnkihBk/kh’oj vuUrJhfoHkwf”krtxn~xq# ‘kadjkpk;Z JhHkkjrhrhFkZ th egkjkt dk30 fnlEcj] 2007 ¼jfookj½ dks ubZ fnYyh esas vk;ksftrfojkV egklEesyu gsrq lans’kfnukad 26 fnlEcj] 2007      vktdy Jhjkes’oje~ vkSj Jhyadk ds e/;orhZ leqnz esa fLFkr jkelsrq dk tgktksa ds vkokxeu tSls NksVs dkj.kksa ds fy, rksM+k tkuk cgqr vuqfpr gSA lsrqcU/k lukru/kfeZ;ksa dk egku rhFkZ gSA ^^lsrqcU/ks rq jkes’ke~^^ vkfn opuksa ls lsrqcU/k jkes’oje~ dk }kn’k T;ksfrfyZaxksa esa mYys[k feyrk gSA okYehfd jkek;.k] Jhen~Hkkxor~] dweZ&LdkUnkfn iqjk.kksa esa ,oa egkHkkjr esa lsrqcU/k dk egku~ rhFkZ ds :i esa o.kZu fd;k x;k gSA dweZiqjk.k ds opu ^^;kor~ lsrq’p rkoPp LFkkL;kE;= frjksfgr%^^ ds vuqlkj lsrqcU/k vkSj jkes’oje~ dk ijLij vfoukHkko fl) gksrk gSA Jhjkes’oje~ dh LFkkiuk Hkxoku~ Jhjke ds }kjk ml le; gqbZ Fkh tc mUgksaus Hkxorh lhrk dh j{kk ,oa vkrrk;h jko.k ds lagkj gsrq yadk tkrs le; leqnz esa lsrq cuok;k FkkA ijEijk ls rhFkZ;k=h lsrqcU/k vkSj jkes’oje~ dk n’kZu djds vius dks /kU; ekurs pys vk;s gSaA jk”Vª] laLd`fr vkSj i;kZoj.k dh n`f”V ls Hkh bl lsrq dk laj{k.k cgqr vko’;d gSA blds fo[k.Mu ls leqnzh ty&tUrqvksa dh vusd iztkfr;ksa ds foyqIr gksus dk rFkk lqukeh gksus dk Hkh [krjk gSA      vr,o Hkkjr ljdkj ls gekjk vkxzg gS fd ‘kh?kz gh lsrq dk rksM+uk jksdsA Hkkjrh; turk ls Hkh gekjk vuqjks/k gS fd os vfgalkRed jhfr ls viuh vkifRr dks vfHkO;Dr djsa] ftlls lukru/kehZ turk dh vkLFkk ds izrhd vkSj ns’k dh /kjksgj ^^jkelsrq^^ dk laj{k.k laHko gks ldsA g@&————————-        

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Jhjke lsrq rdZ dk fo”k; gh ugha gSA vesfjdk ds lkFk U;wDyh;j djkj ij nLr[kr fd;k tk; ;k ugha & ;g rdZ dk fo”k; gks ldrk gSA ikfdLrku ds lkFk fd;s tkus okys ‘kkfUr okrkZ dks dSls vkxs c<k;k tk; & ;g rdZ dk fo”k; gks ldrk gSA vkxkeh lky esa dsUnz ljdkj ls dsjy dks fdruh vkfFkZd lgk;rk feyuh pkfg;s & ;g fookn dk fo”k; gks ldrk gSA ij Jh jke lsrq dk fo”k; rdZ dk fo”k; ugha gSA Jh jke lsrq gtkjksa o”kksZa ls djksM+ksa yksxks dk ân;axr fo’okl o J)k dk dsUnz gSA Lokl&iz’okl dh rjg gh og muds thou dk vfuok;Z Hkkx gSA ftu vYila[;dksa dks fo’o dks dk;e j[kus okyh egRo ‘kfDr ij fo’okl ugh gSSA tks Hkkjr dh egku laLd`fr dks tkuus&le>us dk iz;kl gh ugh djrs] tks bl laLd`fr dk vknj ugha djrs& ,sls yksx dqN Hkh cd ns rks D;k Jhjke lsrq vlR; gks tk,xk \ Jhjke lsrq dk fdu mik;ksa ls laj{k.k gks ldrk gS] vkxkeh ihf<;k¡ bls ns[k ik;saA bldk v/;;u dj ik;sa] blds izfr muesa vknj o vkjk/kuk dk Hkko txkus gsrq bldh fdl izdkj Hkyh Hkk¡fr laj{kk dh tk;&bu fo”k;ksa ij t:j ppkZ dh tk ldrh gSA vU;Fkk] D;k ^Jhjke lsrq^ vlR; gS va/kfo’okl gS & bl iz’u dks rfud Hkh egRo nsus dh vko’;drk ugha gSA pw¡fd ;g ekuo cqf) ds vrhr gS] ,d izfrHkkl gSAlHkh egk}hiksa esa] vusdksa jkT;ksa esa vEek dbZ o”kksZ ls tk jgh gSaA bu lHkh jk”Vªkas esa os vius lkaLd`frd Lekjdksa dk cM+s /;ku ls] xoZ ls] laj{k.k djrs vk;s gSaA ewlk] bZlk] eksgEen uch] bR;kfn ds fuokl LFky o ril LFkyksa dks vkt Hkh lajf{kr j[kk gSA ijUrq fo’olaLd`fr dh vk/kkuHkwfe Hkkjr esa ;g lc rdZ ds fo”k; gSaA lkjh nqfu;k esa nwljk dkssbZ jk”Vª ;k ,slh dksbZ turk ugha gksxh] tks cgqla[;dksa dh Hkkoukvksa o ekU;rkvks dks vaxhdkj djus esa bruk f>>d djrh gSA ‘kk;n ;gh Hkkjr dk lcls cM+k Jki Hkh gSA gekjh laLd`fr o eu esa lqUnj o mnkÙk Hkkoksa dks tkx`r djrh mlds Lekjdksa ds izfr voKk ds Hkko dks ns[kdj cgqr nq%[k gksrk gSSAvkt Jhjke o jkek;.k dks dsoy eux<ar dgkfu;k¡ crkus o jkelsrq dks izkd`frd izfrHkkl lkfcr djus dk iz;Ru py jgk gSA jkek;.k esa jkelsrq ds ckjs esa Li”V m)j.k gSA vkSj jkes’oj esa mlds Hkkx Li”V ns[kus dks Hkh feyrs gSaA rks fQj mls eux<ar dgkuh dSls crk ldrs gSa \ iziap ds xw<+ jgL;ksa dks tkuus dk Je djus dh fuHkhZdrk] /kS;Z o cqf)’kfDr dk izn’kZu fo’o esa izFker% Hkkjr ds _”kh’ojksa us gh fd;k FkkA nwljh vksj bl laLd`fr dks iSjksa rys jkSnus dk dqN yksxksa dk iz;kl ns[kus ij eu esa Lor% izkFkZuk mBrh gS fd ijekRek mUgsa ln~cqf) nsA ij mudk ;g joS;k foosd’kwU;rk gS ;k vKku \;fn jkelsrq dks rksM+us dh l’kDr ek¡x mBrh gS] rks vkSj rc gh] ,d dke djuk pkfg,& oSKkfudksa] lkadsfrd fo’ks”kKksa] bfrgkldkjksa] osn&iqjk.k&bfrgkl o izkphu lkfgR; ds iafMrksa dh ,d lfefr dks :ikf;r djds muls jkelsrq ij ,d fu”i{k ijUrq foLr`r v/;;u djokuk pkfg;s vkSj ;fn muds v/;;u ds QyLo:i ;g LFkkfir gks tk; fd iqjk.kksa&bfrgklksa o vU; xzaFkksa esa mfYyf[kr ckrsa xyr gSa rc gh jkelsrq dks rksM+us dh ek¡x ekU; o /keZlaxr gksxhAJhjkelsrq dks rksM+us dh tYnckt+h djus okyksa dks ,d ckr dk Lej.k djuk pkfg;s &Hkkjr ds ,d jk”Vª gksus ds ladYi dks lokZf/kd cy Hkkjr ds rhFkZLFkyksa ls feyrk gSA fgeky; ds iknfxfj;ksa eas ;k iwoZ esa vle ls dksbZ lsrqLuku djus nf{k.k esa jkes’oj igq¡p tkrk gS vkSj blls ml O;fDr ds eu esa ;g Hkko tkxrk gS fd nf{k.k dk jkes’oj Hkh esjs ns’k dk Hkkx gSA e;kZnk iq#”kksRre Jhjke }kjk izLrqr  mnkgj.k vkSj jkek;.k esa ik;s tkus okys ekuoh; ewY; O;fDr dks /kfeZ”B o lnkpkjh cuus esa enn nsrs gSaA ;gh ugha] orZeku izek.kksa ds vk/kkj ij ;g ekuuk gksxk fd Jhjke lsrq fdlh Hkh dky esa cuk;s x;s lsrqvksa esa ls lcls yEck lsrq gSA bls lkaLd`frd iSr`d laink ?kksf”kr djds] bldk izpkj fd;k tk, rks ge nqfu;k ds ukuk Hkkxksa ls vla[; i;ZVdksa vkSj rhFkkZVdksa dks vkd+f”kZr dj ik;saxs vkSj blls gesa vkfFkZd ykHk Hkh gksxkA;fn foLr`r v/;;u ds ckn ;g fl) Hkh gks tk;s fd Jhjke lsrq ekuo }kjk fufeZr ugha gS] rks Hkh mls rksM+us ls igys dqN ckrksa ij xaHkhj fopkj djuk pkfg;sA i;kZoj.k fo’ks”kKksa dk er gS fd lqukeh tSls izkd`frd foinkvksa ds fouk’kdkjh izHkko ds vojks/k esa lsrq lgk;d gSA lsrq dks rksM+us ls bl {ks= esa ePNh idM+dj thou;kiu djusokys eNqokjksa ij Hkh cqjk izHkko iM+sxkA fo’ks”kKksa dh ,d lfefr dks lsrq dks rksM+s fcuk gh ukoksa ds ;krk;kr ds fy;s vU; ekxZ cukus dh ps”Vk djuh pkfg;sA rqPN o rRdkfyd /kuykHk ds fy;s ge i;kZoj.k ds larqyu dks fcxkM+saxs rks og Lo;a vius gh vfLrRo dks pqukSrh nsuk gksxkA lHkh i{kksa ij /;ku nsus ij vEek dks rks ;gh yxrk gS fd lsrq dks rksM+dj ukokas dk ;krk;kr ekxZ [kksy fn;k tk;s rks blls gesa ?kkVk gh gksxkA vc tYnckt+h esa lsrq dks rksM+us dk tks dk;Z py jgk gS mldk ‘kkfUriwoZd ij O;ofLFkr fojks/k gksuk pkfg;sA bl lHkk esa mifLFkr lHkh lgHkkxh bZ’oj d`ik ds ik= gksa ! lc ijekRek esa lefiZr djrs gq,—-\ ue% f’kok;A  
fnukad 29 fnlEcj] 2007 ekuuh; Jh v’kksd flagy th      lknj iz.kke~ !      jkelsrq j{kk gsrq ge lefiZr gSA bl lEcU/k esa jkelsrq j{kk eap tks Hkh dne mBk;sxk mlesa eSa vkSj esjh ikVhZ vkidh vuqxkeh jgsxhA            l/kU;okn] ¼mek Hkkjrh½v/;{kHkkjrh; yksd tu ‘kfDr ikVhZ \lUns’kiwT; Lokeh Jh Lo:ikuUn th egkjkt] ‘kadjkpk;Z ‘kkjnkihB ¼}kjdk½ dk jk;iqj ls oäO;       iwT; Lokeh th us dgk fd jkelsrq gekjh izkphure /kjksgj gSA mls rksM+k ugha tkuk pkfg, vkSj leLr Hkkjr dh turk dks vkxs vkuk pkfg,A blds fy, fnYyh esa lEesyu dk vk;kstu gks jgk gSA ;g dksbZ jktuhfrd fo”k; ugha gSA ;g jkelsrq dh j{kk dk fo”k; gS ftlds fy, ge lc ,d gSaA 
\lans’ktxn~xq# ‘kadjkpk;Z xkso/kZuihBkf/kifr iw0 Lokeh fu’pykuUn ljLorh th egkjkt dk HkkVkikjk ¼jk;iqj½ ls Hkstk lans’kHkxoku~ Jhjke gekjh vkLFkk ds dsUnz gSaA muds dj&deyksa ls izfrf”Br jkes’oje~ f’kofyax gekjh vkLFkk dk dsUnz gSA mudh izsj.kk ls izfrf”Br jkelsrq gekjh vkLFkk dk dsUnz gSA fons’kh “kM;U=dkfj;ksa ds nwr vkSj ;U= cudj tks jktusrk lsrq leqnze~ f’ki dSuky izkstsDV ds uke ij jkelsrq dks fo[kf.Mr djok jgs gSa os ekuork ds fy, dyad gSaA ekuokf/kdkj dh lhek esa jgrs gq, fgUnqvksa dks vius vfLrRo] vkn’kZ dh j{kk dk lukru vf/kdkj izkIr gSA mls dksbZ Hkh pqukSrh ugha ns ldrkA geus Mads dh pksV ij ;g fl) fd;k gS fd Hkxoku~ Jhjke }kjk fufeZr lsrq tgk¡ gekjh vkLFkk dk dsUnz gS ogha Fkksfj;e] lkeqfnzd ouLifr;ksa] vkDlhtu] lhfi;ksa ,oa typj izkf.k;ksa dk Hk.Mkj gesa lqyHk gSA Jhjke lsrq lqukeh ,oa HkwdEi tSlh izkd`frd vkinkvksa dks fu;af=r djrk gSA bruk lc gksus ij Hkh Jhjkelsrq ds fo[k.Mu dk vfHk;ku lpeqp esa jktusrkvksa dh fn’kkghurk] vnwjnf’kZrk ,oa ik’pkR;ksUeq[krk dk rk.Mo u`R; gSA vk’p;Z dh ckr ;g gS fd Hkxoku Jh jke ds vfLrRo dks fons’kh ‘kkldksa us Hkh dHkh pqukSrh ugha nh( ysfdu vkt Mads dh pksV ij vkSj nch tcku ls ;s jktusrk tks fd jktusrk dgus ;ksX; ugha gSa] ekuork ds fy, dyad gSa] Hkxoku~ jke ds vfLrRo ij dVk{k djrs gSa mudh ,sfrgkfldrk dks pqukSrh ns jgs gSaA fnYyh vkSj rfeyukMq dh ljdkj blds fy, izk;f’pr ,oa i’pkrki djs rFkk jkelsrq dk ftruk va’k {kr&fo{kr ;fn fd;k gS rks mldh ejEer djok;s vkSj ;fn ,slk ugha djrs rks mudks Hkkjr tSlh ifo= Hkwfe esa jgus dk dksbZ vf/kdkj ugha gSA

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