Negating Sri Ram’s existence is negating the identity of our nation (Resolution of Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (ABKM) of RSS, Nov. 3, 2007) The ABKM congratulates our society at large, the youth in particular, and various social and cultural organizations for extending unprecedented and massive support to the countrywide Chakka Jaam programme organized on the 12th of September 2007 under the leadership of Shri Rameshwaram Ram Setu Raksha Manch; and making the programme a historic success thus giving a fitting reply to the forces that were negating the existence of Sri Ram – the grand personification of virtue and the illustrious symbol of our cultural identity. Realising the threat to their very political existence from the thunderous uproar of the awakened society, the vote-hungry politicians in the Government were forced to take back the affidavit filed by them before the Supreme Court which not only derisively dismissed the construction of the Setu at Rameswaram by Sri Ram but even went to the extent of denying the existence of Sri Ram. This affidavit implied that the epic Ramayana by the immortal poet Maharshi Valmiki, which portrayed Sri Ram as a historical persona through various personal accounts of the Maharshi himself, was a mere fiction. This act is tantamount to negating the very basis of our entire socio-cultural fabric besides questiong the history and geography of our nation. The ABKM wishes to draw the country’s attention to the fact that from times immemorial Ramayana has been regarded as history which gives vivid description of incidents like: construction of the Setu by Sri Ram; his march with the army over to Lanka; war with Ravan and victory over him; enthronement of Vibheeshan; and later, his return to Ayodhya by Pushpak Viman and also the geographical details. A pictorial depiction of Sri Ram’s return to Ayodhya in Pushpak Viman can also be found in the original copy of the Constitution of Bharat which bears the signatures of all its framers. Js. Tilhari and Js. Gupta of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court in their judgement of 1993 in one of the cases relating to Ram Janma Bhumi observed that Sri Ram is, besides history, tradition, faith, belief and scriptures, a Constitutional persona also. Mahatma Gandhi’s espousal of Ram Rajya also represents the lasting imprint of Sri Ram’s legacy on the Bharatiya national mind. It may also be noted that images of Sri Ram Darbar were embossed on the East India Company coins. Negating Sri Ram’s existence means negating the existence of the Tathagata Buddha and all Teerthankars including Bhagwan Mahaveer who also belonged to the Ikshvaku dynasty; and the history of Guru Nanak Devji and Guru Govind Singhji who were the descendants of the Bedi and Sodhi dynasty which originated from Sri Ram’s offspring Lav and Kush. Even after the withdrawal of the offending affidavit, the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu continued his abuse utterances through various media interviews wantonly hurting the Hindu sentiments and trying to destroy social harmony. He is making such mischievous statements like the one in which he said that Sita was described as Ram’s sister in Tulsi’s Rama Charita Manas. This sort of reprehensible bragging not only causes a severe blow to our national sentiments, but also puts a question mark on the very identity of our nationhood indirectly. Hence, the ABKM is of the considered opinion that it is not sufficient on the part of the Government to withdraw the offensive affidavit. The Government and all those concerned owe an unconditional apology to the people of Bharat and crores of Hindus living abroad. Adi Kavi Maharshi Valmiki’s Ramayana, in its 22nd sarga of the Yuddhkand, describes in detail the construction work of the Setu including the materials used for the purpose. Description of the Rama Setu can be found in ‘Adhyatma Ramayana’ (3rd sarga), Rama Charita Manasa (Lanka Kand), Kamba Ramayana (Setubandhanam chapter, Yuddhkand), Krittivas Ramayana, Madhav Kandali Ramayana, Sri Guru Granth Sahib (Raag Ramkali – Mahala 1), English rendereing of Valmiki Ramayana by the first Governor General of Bharat Sri Chakravarti Rajagopalachari and in many other workd. The 1788 AD survey map of Bharat by Australian Botanical explorer Joseph Parks which is preserved to this day in the famous Saraswati Mahal Library in Tanjavur (Tamilnadu) depicts the Setu as ‘Ramar Bridge’. Further the bridge was described as ‘Ramar Palam’ meaning Ram’s bridge in the Ramanathapuram district manual of 1972 the foreword to which was written by the then CM of TN who happens to be none other than the present CM himself, who has commended the contents therein. The ruling family of Ramanathapuram district is called ‘Setupatis’ even to this day. The Government is insistent upon completing the Sethu Samudram Project projecting it as a development-oriented and economically profitable one. Many experts disagree with this contention of the Government and opine that the project is neither economically viable nor does it make any navigational sense. The obstinacy of the Government in still going ahead with it makes the ABKM feel that its only objective is to destroy the Ram Setu. The ABKM demands that the Ram Setu, which is revered by the entire nation, be declared as a National Heritage Monument. The ABKM wants to remind the people that the mission shouldn’t be construed as accomplished by mere protest demonstrations. In fact the forces inimical to Hindu culture are still determined o fulfil their evil designs. Hence the ABKM calls upon the countrymen in general and Swayamsevaks in particular, who are agitating under the guidance of the saints and sages of our nation, to continue to uphold the age-old cultural and spiritual integrity of our nation and stand steadfast with conviction and valour until final victory is achieved in this struggle. http://kalyan97.wordpress.com/2007/11/09/1242/ Govt. that hurts Hindus would be deposed : Singhal Updated: Nov. 9, 2007 (Andhracafe.com) HYDERABAD : Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) international president Ashok Singhal warned that the governments, who would hurt the feelings of Hindus, would be deposed. Speaking to newsmen at Puttaparthi on Thursday, Mr Singhal said that the Rama Sethu was constructed to kill demon Ravana and added that the government should desist from its attempts to demolish the structure. The VHP leader said that to claim Lord Rama was not God was like humiliating the sentiments of Hindus. He said that a protest would be staged in New Delhi with 15 lakh people in protest against attempts to demolish Rama Sethu. Mr Singhal said that a meeting would be organised in Ayodhya on November 13 and a date for organising the protest in New Delhi would be fixed there. The VHP leader lamented that percentage of Hindus in the country was coming down in the country. He alleged that the Congress, which claims itself as secular party, was becoming a Muslims party. Mr Singhal alleged that all powers were given to Muslims. He alleged that the government had appointed nine atheists in the 10-member fact finding committee set up on Rama Sethu controversy.