Ram Setu Affidavit : Heads roll !

15 09 2007

Two senior officials of the ASI have been suspended in connection with the Ram Setu affidavit blunder that I posted about earlier this week. More heads are likely to roll for the drama that has put the UPA government in trouble.Union Minister for Culture Ambika Soni has ordered an inquiry and will meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi to explain the facts of the case. Her ministry had made statements in the affidavit questioning the existence of Lord Ram and the Ramayana.

According to sources, Ambika Soni had asked for some changes to be made in the affidavit before it was submitted to the Supreme Court. The two ASI officials have been suspended for not making those changes.

On Friday, the government withdrew its affidavits and told the Supreme Court it would like to review the Sethusamudram project so that the Ram Setu will not be disturbed.





Ram Setu : Indian Government to re-examine Sethusamudram

14 09 2007

 

ram.jpgThe government will re-examine the Sethusamudram project so that the Ram Setu is not disturbed and has been given three months by the Supreme Court to do so. The government has also withdrawn a controversial affidavit that said there is no historical proof of Lord Ram’s existence.

The affidavit says: ”The government has total respect for all religions and Hinduism in particular in the context of present case. The government is alive and conscious of religious sensibilities, including the unique ancient and holy text of Ramayana having regards to public sentiments.”

 

The Centre said in a fresh affidavit that it never meant to cast aspersions on any faith.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balkrishnan, which allowed the Centre to withdraw the affidavits, said that the August 31 interim order putting on hold the construction in Rama Setu area will continue.

The Court in its interim order had allowed the dredging activity. It posted the matter for hearing in the first week of January, 2008.

 

Source : NDTV News





Indian Government blunders with affidavit regarding Ram Setu

13 09 2007

Finally our beloved Government have done themselves in by making a statement regarding the Ramayana.

The controversy has now reached the level of the office of the Prime Minister who was contacted by the leaders of the opposition party to protest against the government affidavit before the Supreme Court saying epics were not historical records that could prove the existence of Lord Ram.

The government has told the apex court in an affidavit filed Monday 10th September : The Valmiki Ramayana, the Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas and other mythological texts, which admittedly form an ancient part of Indian literature, cannot be said to be historical records to incontrovertibly prove the existence of the characters or the occurrence of the events depicted therein.

This affidavit was in response to a query whether the Ram Sethu, geographically known as Adam’s Bridge, could be declared a protected monument.

The affidavit can be considered nothing short of blasphemous and an insult to the generations of Hindu’s and people in India who have grown up with the Ramayana.

In a letter written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, objecting to the content of the affidavit, the opposition leader has said – Ramayana is not only a religious epic but also a national heritage and part of the culture of this country.





Nationwide protests to show support for saving Ram Setu!

12 09 2007

Ram Setu

Many independent groups chose today Sept 12, 2007 to stage a nationwide protest against the Supreme Courts decision to give the go ahead for the Sethusamudram project. The rallies are being stormed by hard line Hindus to campaign against the proposed shipping canal project between India and Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately the Indian media is resorting to some really superficial journalism and not realizing the depth of the matter.

Would Australia agree to destroy the great barrier reefs so ships can save 600kms of travel? I think not !

I just finished watching an interview with Dr. Praveen Togadia on the “Headlines Today” news channel which had an absolutely pig headed and arrogant anchor – Zakka Jacob. He made many incriminating statements and chose to deal with the interviewee in a aggressive manner showing utter disregard for not just religious sentiments but also India’s heritage and rich ecological wealth that needs to be protected. What a blowjob this Zakka chap is!

While we are talking thorium deposits, unique and diverse marine species and a natural barrier against tsunami’s, the news anchors are more worried about the traffic jams and inconvenience caused to the corporate rat race because of todays protests. One lady had to give birth on the road because she couldnt make it to the hospital. Sad I agree. But come on look at the bigger picture you damn petty fools!!! Look beyond the Mythological argument. So what if its a natural formation? All the more reason why we shouldnt be blasting our way through it.

Leaving aside the Hindu sentiments, such a blatant disregard just goes to show the bloody sham justice system today. Not just for India but the entire worlds natural ecological treasures.

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Sony unveils “Rolly” – What is it?

10 09 2007

rolly_w03_1280.jpgThe Sony Rolly SEP-10BT “Sound Entertainment Player” is officially here. Though it’s not really clear what the utility of this gizmo is.

Its not the pet robot, nor is it a portable audio player, or stereo.

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