Friday, September 14, 2007

Rama is Rama

I dunno if you have been following the ongoing controversy in India about the "Ram Sethu" bridge - which is officially known as 'Adam's Bridge'. Adam's Bridge for those who don't know what it is - is a chain of limestone shoals, between the islands of Mannar, near northwestern Sri Lanka, and Rameswaram, off the southeastern coast of India (according to Wikipedia).

Reports after reports have confirmed that the "bridge like structure" is not man-made but was created by natural phenomena. And Archaeological Society of India (ASI) said so in its affidavit filed in Supreme Court - Hold, on there... How does a case like this which deals with the ever so important question of "whether or not we can destroy Rama's bridge" end up in Supreme Court? So, what's next? Will Supreme Court take on a case which deals with the purity of Sita? Doesn't our Supreme Court have better things to do or better cases to take on?

Anyways, the very opportunistic Advaniji of the "how-can-i-rekindle-hinduism-so-that-i-can-get-reelected" fame couldn't be happier. He jumped on it like a hungry man. He set off his minions at RSS and its hundred other such wings to loot, protest and strike. What could the poor Congress government do? Why, ofcourse - backtrack the statement and "clarify" (as if this needs clarification) that "Lord Rama is an integral part of Indian culture and ethos and cannot be a matter of debate or subject matter of litigation in court"

And the esteemed Union Law Minister goes on to say (and I kid you not) "The existence of Rama cannot be doubted. As Himalaya is Himalaya, Ganga is Ganga, Rama is Rama. It is a question of faith. There is no requirement of any proof to establish the existence based on faith." [Emphasis, mine]. Well, that settles that. I'm just waiting for the day when our Law minister would say "Law is Law and it can not be disputed in a court".

This controversy has so many such idiosyncrasies, I dunno where to start. The infamous Sethusamudram Project has been in the plans for literally hundred years - yes, that's right - hundred years. It has finally been kicked off and things like these hinder the project. The amount of jobs and economic development this canal would generate for the coastal residents is huge and our politicians are more interested in scoring brownie points as to "who's hurt" by what.

Shame on us for electing such politicians!

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