Ram Sethu: Next phase of agitation to begin soon
Hindu outfits to step up pressure
Chennai, Aug 10:
In association with the Hindu outfits, the agitation to protect the Ramar bridge would be stepped up on a large scale, pontiff of Pejawar Mutt, Sri Visweswara Theertha Swamy said here today.
Addressing mediapersons, Swamy Visweswara said a nation-wide fast will be held on 12 August to protect and the Ramar bridge. The fast is being organised by the Rameswaram Ramsethu Protection Movement, he said.
The hunger strike would be held at Chepauk, Sembakkam and Tambaram in Chennai. The fast at Chepauk would be led by the pontiff and Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s International working president Vedantham. Hindu Munnani founder leader Ramagopalan would preside over the fast at Rameswaram. Following this, a yagna would be performed on 26 August, in which monks from all over the nation would participate, the Pejawar Mutt pontiff explained. The next phase of agitation and plans would be unveiled after this event, he said.
Arguing that the Ramar bridge is a symbol of India’s unity he appealed the State and the Central governments to protect it.
Pejawar Mutt, Sri Visweswara TheerthaSwamy at a press conference in Chennai today.
Swami Visweswara said that the existence of the bridge has been mentioned in various ancient holy scriptures of the country, hence there is no room for speculation regarding the authenticity of the bridge’s existence.
He added that by going ahead with the project the central and the state government have disrespected the religious sentiments of Hindus.
He also quoted references from scriptures to drive home his point. ‘In the Skanda Purana it has been mentioned that Lord Rama has directed the emperors to safeguard the bridge, for the welfare of his subjects,’ he said.
As part of the agitations, a Ramar raksha bandhan would be held on the 28th of August and volunteers from various Hindu organisations would go to villages and tie raksha bandhan to the villagers, to protect the bridge.
The Swami also criticised the central and the state governments for disrespecting the Madras High court’s observations on staying the project.
Campaign against demolition of bridge
Chennai, August 10: Stepping up the campaign against demolition of Ramar Sethu (Adam’s bridge) under the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project, the Rameswaram Ramsethu Protection Movement today warned of a series of agitations if the Centre did not go in for an alternative alignment in Palk Straits.
“Some people may be atheists. But there are crores of people who believe in God. A democratic government should respect the sentiments of majority of people,” Pejawar Mutt head Vishweshvara Tirtha, a patron of the movement, told reporters here.
Stressing that the existence of Ramar Sethu was not a figment of imagination and there were references about it in ancient literature and epics, he said the bridge also stood as a symbol of unity and integrity of the country.
Pointing out that all Hindu religious leaders, including the Sankaracharyas, had unsuccessfully appealed to the Centre to stop the destruction of Ramar Sethu, the swamiji said “the voice of religious minorities is respected in the country. But, the voice of majority Hindus goes unheeded.”
He said the Movement would strive to create social awareness on the issue, besides waging a legal battle to protect the Ramar Sethu.
The Udupi Swami would lead a fast here on August 12 as part of a nationwide agitation on Ramar Sethu issue.
VHP international working president S Vedantam said the fast would be followed by ‘Rameswaram Chalo’ agitation on August 26.
“If the Centre does not accede to our request, the struggle will be intensified to an unprecedented scale,” he warned. (Agencies)