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Jaya slams Centre on Ram Setu

Jaya slams Centre on Ram Setu

Author: Swati Das
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: July 26, 2008

'When it comes to Hindu sentiments, the UPA Govt becomes insensitive'

Experts on Ramayana denying the claim of the Centre that Lord Ram had destroyed the Setu, have stated that nowhere in Ramayana is such a thing mentioned, said AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa

The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, in a statement, noted: "Filing an affidavit before the Supreme Court in the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP) case, the Centre claimed that there was no evidence to prove that Ram had existed at all. But now, the same Government has yet again stirred a hornet's nest, claiming that Lord Ram himself destroyed the bridge that was built by his army to cross over to Lanka."

Jayalalithaa wondered how the Centre could claim that Lord Ram was a figment of fertile imagination and in two months' time the same UPA Government was now allowing the Hindus in the country to have faith in every aspect of the Ram legend, except the bridge, as it has to be demolished to make way for the Sethusamudram Project.

She also said: "After having backtracked once, why has the Centre again cobbled together arguments to justify the demolition of the Ram Setu at the cost of sentiments and faith? Is it because the pyrrhic victory obtained in the recent vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha through crass money power has invested it with a fake aura of invincibility and arrogance?"

"When it comes to Hindu sentiments, the UPA Government becomes insensitive. It does not hesitate to ride rough-shod over their feelings. What sort of secularism is this?" she further said.

Quoting a research paper of Malcolm PR Light of the University of London, Jayalalithaa said, "The bridge has resisted the relentless erosion of the sea for almost two million years and it attests to the great engineering skills of the ancient Indian people. It is the earliest and largest carbon-fibre reinforced civil engineering structure known to man and should be protected as a world heritage site."

Stating that demolishing this structure amounts to destroying a valuable piece of the cultural heritage of South India, Jayalalithaa said, "It is a pity that Dravidian parties like the DMK and the Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi, for narrow pecuniary and political gains, are becoming party to this desecration of their own heritage."

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