Huge support for Save Rama Setu campaign

Huge support for Save Rama Setu campaign

January 13, 2008

Huge support for Save Ram Sethu Campaign
Leaders across political divide endorse demand
Don’t hurt faith of millions

“Bridges connect people to people, society to the world and the past to the present and future, cultures, and civilisations to the civilisations. Sri Ram Sethu too is a similar bridge, which connects us with our glorious past. It not only has cultural, economical and strategic importance, but it is the identity of our national asmita. It is also the sethu of crores of Indians’ faith. The destruction of such a bridge is wrong. The destruction of Ram Sethu will be like hurting the faith of crores of people. No sensitive and intelligent person can commit such a mistake. I hope the united force emerged out of this rally would provide wisdom to the government. I appeal to the government to declare and protect it as a historical heritage site. Faith and development are not contradictory.”  —Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister

January 13, 2008

Historicity of Ram cannot be questioned

“The nuclear agreement with the US or the peace process with Pakistan may be the subject of discussion, but Sri Ram Sethu is not the subject of discussion. Rather discussion should be held over how to protect the Sethu so that the coming generations could see, study and respect it. There is no necessity to even listen to the questions claiming that Ram Sethu is a ‘myth’ or ‘superstition’. The existence of Ram Sethu cannot be questioned just with the statements of those people who neither know the culture of this nation nor do they respect it. It has been the centre of faith and reverence for crores of people for thousands of years. Even if it is proved that Ram Sethu is not man-made, the government should not think of its destruction. A committee comprising of experts should try to find out alternate routes for navigation of ships. It will be like challenging our own existence if we create environmental imbalance by destroying the Sethu.”  —Mata Amritanandamayi

January 13, 2008

Ram, a great ideal

“The incidents mentioned in the Ramayana have been the symbol of development of our civilisation on this ancient land for centuries. Sri Ram is a great ideal for the people of a large part of the world and like the spiritual great personalities of other faiths, the influence of Sri Ram goes beyond the borders of religions and communities of the world. India is proud of her rich spiritual traditions and diverse cultural identities. It is unfortunate that some people have tried to create an unnecessary controversy over the issue of Ram Sethu, which is avoidable.”
—Shri Prakash Singh Badal
Chief Minister of Punjab

January 13, 2008

Shankaracharyas and Sikh saints back agitation

RAM SETHU OUR LEGACY: “RAM Sethu is our legacy, which should not be demolished. People of the whole country should come forward to protect it. It is not a political issue. It is the matter of protection of Ram Sethu for which we all are one.”
—Dwarikapeethadhishwar Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopananda Maharaj
DON’T DESTROY RAM SETHU: “THE destruction of Ram Sethu is wrong for the small reasons like making passage for navigation of ships. Sethuband is a great pilgrimage site for the sanatandharmis. Its protection is must for our culture and the environment. I appeal to the government not to demolish the bridge, and people of the country should register their protest with the non-violent means.”
—Shringeri Shardapeethadhishwar Shankaracharya Shri Bharati Teerth
RAMDROHIS ARE ENEMIES OF HUMANITY: “THE political leaders who are bent on destroying the Ram Sethu in the name of Sethusamudaram Ship Canal Project, are enemy of the humanity. The governments at the Centre and in Tamil Nadu should perform prayshchit for it and should repair the portion of the Sethu that has been damaged by them. If they fail to do so, they have no right to stay in the holy land of India.”
—Govardhanpeethadhipati Shankaracharya Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati
NO LIFE WITHOUT RAM: “IF Sri Ram is removed from the Indian culture it becomes lifeless. After all how many symbols of Ram would be damaged in this country? Namdharis will fight for Ram Sethu also as they have fought for cow protection.”
—Namdhari Sant Baba Jagjit Singh

January 13, 2008

UPA warned on anti-Hindu Sethu demolition plans
Historic rally in Delhi to protect Ram Sethu

By Pramod Kumar

The rally, which saw a galaxy of leaders from all sections of the society, had three huge platforms displaying the slogans in bold letters—“Santon ka hai yeh sandesh, Ram ka Sethu, Ram ka desh, Ram Sethu bachayenge, apana dharma nibhayenge, declare Ram Sethu a national protected heritage site and recognise Ram and Krishna as historical figures.” The main dais had senior saints and VHP leaders who addressed the rally. The second dais had saints belonging to various sections of the society and the third platform had leaders belonging to various political and social organisations and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan, VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal, general secretary Dr Pravin Togadia, Ramjanmabhoomi Trust president Mahant Nrityagopal Das, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Shankaracharya Swami Divyananda Maharaj, Jain saint Shri Vijay Ratnasunder Surishwar, Buddhist monk Shri Bhante Janan Jagat, Pejawar Swami Shri Vishveshteertha Maharaj, Acharya Dharmendra, Swami Chidanand Muni, Mahant Naval Kishor Das and Mahant Adityanath were also present. BJP president Shri Rajnath Singh, senior party leaders Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Shri Arun Jaitley, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Shri Arjun Munda, Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Shri Kidarnath Sahani, Shri Ramlal, Shri Vinay Katiyar, Shri Gopinath Munde and Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy were also present.

The Ram Sethu Raksha Mahasammelan held on December 30, 2007, refreshed the memories of Ramjanmabhoomi movement. After the historic rally of 1991 held at Boat Club for Ram temple, it was for the first time that Delhi witnessed such a huge gathering. Over ten lakh Rambhaktas assembled at Swarna Jayanti Park of Rohini in West Delhi under the banner of Rameswaram Ram Sethu Raksha Manch to warn the UPA government against destruction of Ram Sethu. The protestors served an ultimatum to the government that if it files an affidavit against the sentiments of 90 crore Hindus on January 16 in the Supreme Court, the battle would be fought in every village of the country. They, through a resolution, also reiterated their demand of scrapping the Sethusamudram project, to declare the Ram Sethu a national protected heritage site and develop Rameswaram as a holy pilgrimage town.
Though it was the coldest day of this season in Delhi with mercury dipping to 3 Degree Celsius, the Rambhaktas had started marching to the Swarna Jayanti Park since early morning. Most of them were those who had come from the far-flung states by trains and had stayed at different temples, dharamshalas, schools, baratghars of Delhi. The VHP had booked more than 1,000 temples, 70 schools, 250 community centres and 50 dharamshalas for them. Those who had come from the neighbouring states had come on the same day. By 10 am, more than four lakh people had assembled at the Park.
The rally, which saw a galaxy of leaders from all sections of the society, had three huge platforms displaying the slogans in bold letter—-“Santon ka hai yeh sandesh, Ram ka Sethu, Ram ka desh”, Ram Sethu bachayenge, apana dharma nibhayenge, declare Ram Sethu a national protected heritage site and recognise Ram and Krishna as historical figures. The main dais had senior saints and VHP leaders who addressed the rally. The second dais had saints belonging to various sections of the society and the third platform had leaders belonging to various political and social organisations and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan (Smt. Vasundhara Raje), Madhya Pradesh (Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan), Chhattisgarh (Dr Raman Singh), Uttarakhand (Shri B.C. Khanduri) and Himachal Pradesh (Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal). Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevananda Saraswati presided over the Mahasammelan.
RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan, VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal, general secretary Dr Pravin Togadia, Ramjanmabhoomi Trust president Mahant Nrityagopal Das, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Shankaracharya Swami Divyananda Maharaj, Jain saint Shri Vijay Ratnasunder Surishwar, Buddhist monk Shri Bhante Janan Jagat, Pejawar Swami Shri Vishveshteertha Maharaj, Acharya Dharmendra, Swami Chidanand Muni, Mahant Naval Kishor Das and Mahant Adityanath were also present. BJP president Shri Rajnath Singh, senior party leaders Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Shri Arun Jaitley, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Shri Arjun Munda, Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Shri Kidarnath Sahani, Shri Ramlal, Shri Vinay Katiyar, Shri Gopinath Munde and Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy were also present.
The messages sent by AIADMK supremo Smt. J. Jayalalithaa, Punjab Chief Minister Shri Prakash Singh Badal, Dwarika Peethadhishwar Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopananda, Mata Amritanandamayi, Shringeripeetha-dhishwar Shankaracharya Shri Bharati Teerth, former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee and Namdhari Sant Baba Jagjit Singh, endorsing the demand of protecting the Ram Sethu boosted the morale of the rallyists.
It appeared as if all the roads of Delhi led to Swaran Jayanti Park on that day. Though it was Sunday, all the roads leading to the Park were jammed with Rambhaktas carrying saffron flags, raising slogans like “Jai Shri Ram, Bachcha-bachcha Ram ka, Ram Sethu ke kaam ka” and saffron strips tied on their foreheads. The movement of Rambhaktas continued overnight on December 29 in the streets of Delhi. Those who had come by trains walked their destination beating the cold by raising slogans. After the rally also some of them walked back to railway stations from the venue. “We enjoyed the walk. Since it is our maiden visit to Delhi we wished to see Delhi also,” said Kashiram along with his friends who had come from Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. Similar views were expressed by Akshya Jaiswal from Mumbai and Radhelal from Hingoli district of Maharashtra.
The message of the rally was clear—Ram Sethu ke liye ham kaal se bhi takara jayenge (We are ready to face even the death for Ram Sethu), which should open the eyes of the ruling coalition at the Centre. “Over ten lakh people came to Delhi and went back as peacefully as they had come. Not even a single unwanted incident was reported from anywhere. The rally had representations from all languages and regions of the country including all states, from Kerala to Jammu & Kashmir and from Gujarat to the north-east. There was representations from all revenue districts. Leaders of all religious sects including Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Nirankaris, Nihangas and Namdharis were present on the dais,” said the overwhelmed joint secretary general of VHP Shri Champatrai standing behind the main dais.
By noon, the number of Rambhaktas inside the Park, were on the way or were stuck outside and inside Delhi as the Police had stopped their vehicles. According to VHP general secretary Dr Pravin Togadia more than 800 buses were stuck at different parts of Delhi and could not reach the venue. Some managed to reach the venue at 5 pm after the completion of the rally. Those who somehow entered into Delhi faced the problem of heavy traffic jam. Then they turned to the Metro Rail, which too soon became overcrowded. Later, the DMRC increased the frequency of trains and also deployed three more racks. Many of those who had come to Delhi for the first time also had a joyride in Metro Rail. According to the DMRC, more than 4.15 lakh people travelled by Metro Rail that day increasing additional revenue worth Rs 10 lakh. “Till 8 p.m. on December 30, we recorded 60,000 footfalls more than on an average Sunday on the Shahadara-Rithala line. Our revenue earning too was much higher today with total sale of tickets being Rs 10 lakh higher. We usually sell tickets worth Rs 42 lakh but on Sunday we had already earned Rs 52 lakh by 8 pm,” said DMRC spokesperson Shri Anuj Dayal. There were apprehensions that the Rambhaktas might damage the Metro Rail property. But not a single untoward incident was reported and everybody travelled only after taking the required ticket.
It was not easy to hold such a huge rally in Delhi in the biting chilly winter of December. The people of Delhi supported it wholeheartedly. About nine lakh food packets were collected from 4.5 lakh families. “It was the outcome of just one month preparations. The saints had taken the decision to organise this rally at their meeting in Ayodhya on November 13. The first all India meeting of Ram Sethu Raksha Manch was held on November 27. In fact, the preparations for the rally began from that day. The first problem was to decide the venue for such a huge crowed. Organisation of rallies at Boat Club is already banned. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the Ramlila Grounds were short and the Burari Grounds was preoccupied. Then the venue of Swarna Jayanti Park was decided on December 20. Only within ten days all the preparations were made by over 10,000 workers,” informed Shri Karuna Prakash, prant organising secretary of Indraprastha VHP.
He said the Ram Sethu Shilapujan mobilised people for the rally. Besides more than one lakh people from Delhi, about 30,000 from Punjab, one lakh from Haryana, one lakh from Rajasthan, one lakh from Uttar Pradesh, 250 vehicles from J&K, about 10,000 people from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh who came mostly by trains, about 80,000 from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, about 50,000 from Maharashtra, 5000 from Gujarat, 20,000 from Bihar and Jharkhand, 1000 each from Assam and West Bengal and 3000 from Orissa attended the rally.
Addressing the gathering, Shri K.S. Sudarshan warned the government that the people of the country would not tolerate any damage to Ram Sethu. He asked Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh not to succumb to the pressure from the UPA ally, the DMK, to go ahead with the project. “Government will face the consequences if it does not scrap the project,” he said adding that the Prime Minister should not think about the survival of his government. “If he scraps the project, he will get good wishes from crores of Hindus worldwide.” Urging the Rambhaktas to take the responsibility of protecting the historic landmark, he explained the non-viability of the project and said not only the Hindus, but Muslims and Christians also oppose the project.
Shri Ashok Singhal said those who are bent upon destroying the Sethu have no right to stay in the country. He appealed to the rallyists to take the message of saints to all corners of the country. He also appealed to all the political parties to come forward in support of the Ram Sehtu irrespective of their vote bank, caste, region, language and political parties and also support the reconstruction of Shri Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Dr Pravin Togadia said if the UPA government does not declare Ram Sethu a protected historical heritage, the battle would be fought in 6.5 lakh villages of the country. He said every village of the country would be turned Rammaya during the Chaitra Navaratras when crores of people would chant Vijay Mantra of Sri Ram Jai Ram, Jai-Jai Ram.
Presiding over the rally, Sawmi Vasudevananda Saraswati appealed to political leaders of all parties to pressurise the government not to demolish the Sethu. Sadhvi Ritambhara administered the oath to the Rambhaktas to be ready to face even the death for the protection of Ram Sethu. The Rambhaktas responded to her call by raising their hands in unison. Mahant Nrityagopal Das appealed to the Rambhaktas to move to Ayodhya also in the similar huge strength for reconstruction of Ram Mandir. Swami Rambhadracharya said by destroying the Sethu the government wishes to push the whole nation into the mouth of pralaya. Pejawar Swami Shri Vishveshteerth, Jain saint Shri Vijay Ratnasunder Surishwar and Buddhist monk Shri Bhante Jnan Jagat also appealed to save the Ram Sethu. Shri Chaitanya Maharaj warned if even a single brick of the Sethu was touched, the government would not be able to protect the disputed structures of Kashi and Mathura. Swami Chidanand Muni said the government must declare the Sethu a national protected heritage site before January 16. Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Swami Prapannacharya, Swami Raghva-charya, Shri Gopal Baba, Swami Vivekananda Maharaj, Shankara-charya Divyananda Maharaj, Shri Chaitanya Maharaj, Swami Jananananda, Acharya Dharmendra, Mahant Naval Kishor Das, Shri Surajnath Maharaj and Mahamandaleshwar Shri Vishoka-nanda also spoke on the occasion.

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January 13, 2008

“Ram Sethu fully qualifies to be declared and protected as ancient national monument”: J. Jayalalithaa
Expressing her support to the Ram Sethu Raksha Manch, the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa sent the following message to the VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal. We reproduce the full text:

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 Ram Sethu.

Dear Shri Ashok Singhalji
Right from the day the Ram 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 to 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 Ram 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 Ram Sethu, and leaving aside the argument as to the origin of the bridge, whether it is man-made or a natural formation, 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 Sethusamudram Ship 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 Ramjanmabhoomi case. Shri S. Ramachandran, the chairman of the committee, has already expressed his views publicly supporting the Sethusamudram Project. He cannot be expected to take a 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 Sethusamudram Ship Canal becomes an international seaway. There are no oceanographers to discuss ocean currents and their effects especially as it comes within a tsunami-hit area. There are no economist 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 its 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 Sethusamudram Ship 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 the 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 Ram 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.
Ram Sethu would fully qualify 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 Ram Sethu.
Even during the tsunami devastation the Ram Sethu bridge acted as a natural barrier, preventing direct devastation, thus establishing its 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 Ram Sethu 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
J. Jayalalithaa

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  2. m c sHARMA Says:

    Hurting Sentiments of People by Great Politicians

    The version of our Great Karunanidhi about Lord Ram that he was ‘Piyakkad’ (regular user of wine) has hurt the very sentiments of Hindu. Now our politicians feel great by abusing and mud slinging on the Hindus and their deities because Hindus are tolerant by nature and faith. The version of Karunanidhi that Balmiki has written in the Ramayana shows his ignorance about Ramayana written by Saint Balmiki. Saint Balmiki, who happened to be of the Lord Ram’s era, has mentioned in the Ramayana that lord Ram is incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is really pity that our politicians themselves become great scholars and gives their comments accordingly.

    Most of the places mentioned in the Ramayana do exist on date and correlate with the events of epic Ramayana. Is it not sufficient to prove the existence of Lord Ram. It is true that great people get place in the social mythology. Mythologies are the reflection of our history.

    The history being taught to us generally covers the period from 1000-1500 BC. The period of Lord Ram was much beyond this (about5500 BC). We have been taught that hand written books kept at then world renowned universities of India namely Taksh-shila and Nalanda library were burnt by foreign attackers and the books continued to smoke out for months together. This has caused great loss to our great heritage and history.

    M C Sharma

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