Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Report on Hindu god Ram withdrawn
BBC ^ | 14 September 2007

Posted on 09/14/2007 11:45:44 AM PDT by Lorianne

The Indian government has withdrawn a controversial report submitted in court earlier this week which questioned the existence of the Hindu god Ram. The report was withdrawn after huge protests by opposition parties.

The report was presented to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in connection with a case against a proposed shipping canal project between India and Sri Lanka.

Hindu hardliners say the project will destroy what they say is a bridge built by Ram and his army of monkeys.

Scientists and archaeologists say the Ram Setu (Lord Ram's bridge) - or Adam's Bridge as it is sometimes called - is a natural formation of sand and stones.

No evidence

In their report submitted to the court, the government and the Archaeological Survey of India questioned the belief, saying it was solely based on the Hindu mythological epic Ramayana.

They said there was no scientific evidence to prove that the events described in Ramayana ever took place or that the characters depicted in the epic were real.

Hindu activists say the bridge was built by Lord Ram's monkey army to travel to Sri Lanka and has religious significance.

In the last two days, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched a scathing attack on the government for questioning the "faith of the million".

Worried about the adverse reaction from the majority Hindu population of the country, the Congress Party-led government has now done a U-turn and withdrawn the statement submitted in court.

The government asked the court for three months to try and sort out the issue.

Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam, appearing on behalf of the government, said they would set up a mechanism to hear concerns expressed by those opposed to the canal project.

The court adjourned the matter for three months saying they would take up the case again in January.

In the meantime, the court has said that dredging work for the canal could continue, but Ram's Bridge should not be touched

Road blocks

On Wednesday, Hindu hard-line organisations blocked roads across India to protest against the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project.

Commuters in the capital, Delhi, were stuck in traffic jams for hours as Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and Bajrang Dal blocked roads at various places.

Road blocks were also held in Bhopal, the capital of the central state of Madhya Pradesh, on the Delhi-Agra highway and on the Jaipur-Agra highway.

Train services were disrupted in many places across northern India.

The canal project proposes to link the Palk Strait with the Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka by dredging a canal through the shallow sea.

This is expected to provide a continuous navigable sea route around the Indian peninsula.

Once complete, the canal will reduce the travel time for ships by hundreds of miles and is expected to boost the economic and industrial development of the region.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: adamsbridge; godsgravesglyphs; hanuman; hindu; india; politics; ramayana; ramsethu; ramsetu; religion; srilanka

1 posted on 09/14/2007 11:45:45 AM PDT by Lorianne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

“Hindu hardliners say the project will destroy what they say is a bridge built by Ram and his army of monkeys.”

In order to understand that this is entirely credible, all you’ve got to do is take a quick look at the Democratic Party and ask yourself which is more plausible.


2 posted on 09/14/2007 11:50:02 AM PDT by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

News Update

Dodge has announced that its trained monkey’s do in fact build their Ram Trucks. However, their God, Bonzo, has no active role in construction nor operational matters.

Developing.....


3 posted on 09/14/2007 11:50:10 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

“Army of monkeys”???

Kewl!


4 posted on 09/14/2007 11:54:12 AM PDT by ozzymandus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
5 posted on 09/14/2007 11:54:25 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

“god Ram.”

Saw him on StarGate if you need him.


6 posted on 09/14/2007 11:55:48 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne
Hindu hardliners say the project will destroy what they say is a bridge built by Ram and his army of monkeys.

???

7 posted on 09/14/2007 11:57:32 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne


8 posted on 09/14/2007 11:58:02 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

9 posted on 09/14/2007 12:04:00 PM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

This seems to senter on the idea that Ram was a god and his monkeys built the bridge. Wouldn’t it be much simpler to think of this as a natural landmark, something that has become important to the populace and shouldn’t be partially destroyed?


10 posted on 09/14/2007 12:12:05 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

Ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong.


11 posted on 09/14/2007 12:13:32 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Aquinasfan

If this guy only knew what he did to my sleeping habits for several years as a kid...


12 posted on 09/14/2007 12:13:49 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
If this guy only knew what he did to my sleeping habits for several years as a kid...

Godzilla and The Blob are one thing, but there's something about those flying monkeys...

13 posted on 09/14/2007 12:24:13 PM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

Now, call me superstitious, but I’m not really keen on upsetting ANYBODY with an army of monkeys...


14 posted on 09/14/2007 12:26:42 PM PDT by shirtlesszacefron
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

What Would Hindu?


15 posted on 09/14/2007 12:42:46 PM PDT by gcruse (...now I have to feed the dog as if nothing has happened.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne

The land bridge was built long ago in any case and circumstances have changed. Is everything on earth supposed to be permanent, including the climates?


16 posted on 09/14/2007 12:46:50 PM PDT by RightWhale (Snow above 2000')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ozzymandus

Seems “kewl” on the surface, but what happens if a talking monkey travels back thru time and leads an uprising against mankind? Hadn’t thought about that, had you?”


17 posted on 09/14/2007 1:05:40 PM PDT by east1234 (It's the borders stupid. It's also WWIV.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Lorianne
Ram Setu from space:

18 posted on 09/14/2007 1:26:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ozzymandus
You really only need twelve to change the world — if they’re the right kind of monkeys.
19 posted on 09/14/2007 1:28:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Aquinasfan

Yep, flying monkeys rule the netherworld. No doubt about it. :-)


20 posted on 09/14/2007 2:40:09 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: east1234

Uh, I have to admit I hadn’t.


21 posted on 09/14/2007 4:32:16 PM PDT by ozzymandus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne

Well the first point is what the Hindu nationalist groups are saying,though it was a government led by the BJP itself which gave preliminary approval for the start of the project in 2003.

The problem with calling it important for the local populace is that there is considerable support for this shipping project in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu-it would have significant economic benefits.Ships which earlier had to go around Sri Lanka can cut upto 20 to 30 hours of travel time if a canal comes in.What’s developing is that there has been protests in the North of India,while it’s pretty much silent in the 4 South Indian states.There has usually been localised sentiment among most south Indians that they have been given short shrift from the North as well as Central Governments.Not a nice thing.


22 posted on 09/15/2007 4:59:00 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

Thanks for bringing it down to the regional level for us. Interesting comments...


23 posted on 09/15/2007 9:00:34 AM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]


 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Note: this topic is dated 9/14/2007.

Blast from the Past.

Thanks Lorianne.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


24 posted on 02/12/2013 8:14:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
Wouldn’t it be much simpler to think of this as a natural landmark, something that has become important to the populace and shouldn’t be partially destroyed?

Of course, but these people take the Ramayana very seriously, as a sacred text. These people almost started a civil war because they illegally destroyed a mosque built centuries ago over a "sacred" Hindu site.

Hey, I also have a hard time getting my brain around the idea that a polytheistic religion survived into the 21st century.

25 posted on 02/14/2013 5:16:53 PM PST by colorado tanker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson