Plan to save ‘Ramasetu’ Special Correspondent
Lakhs to converge at Rameswaram on August 26
TIRUPATI: The Rameswaram Ramasetu Protection Movement has announced an action plan to save the holy bridge — Ramasetu not only in view of its importance as a underwater heritage structure purported to have been built by the legendary hero of Ramayana but also for of its importance from marine archaeology point of view.Next phase Quoting the views of several experts and protagonists of the ‘Save Setu Movement’, Y. Raghavulu, All-India Samyojak of the movement said as a next phase of the agitation, lakhs would converge at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on August 26 under the ‘Chalo Rameswaram’ programme to offer mass poojas to the holy bridge. People to be mobilised On August 28 a ‘Ramasetu Raksha Bandhan’ would be observed to mobilise and motivate supporters for the movement followed by weeklong Krishnashtami celebrations from September 4 when village-level campaign would be launched for protection of Ramasetu. From September 27 to October 10 Dharmacharyas, sadhus and sants and their disciples would be mobilised in support of the movement. Hanuman Chalisa recitation would be done from October 12 to 24, mass demonstration on October 25 and Shila Yatras from November 20 to December 20 to mobilise public opinion against the ‘Sethusamudram project’.The stir would also bring pressure on the Government to declare it as an ‘underwater world heritage site’, Mr. Raghavulu said in a statement. http://www.hindu.com/2007/08/17/stories/2007081761851000.htm
Yagna to protect Ramar Sethu
Rameswaram, Aug 18: The Hindu Munnani would hold a ‘yagna’ on August 26 to ‘seek’ divine intervention to stop damaging the Ramar Sethu (Adams bridge) in order to build the Sethusamudhram Channel Project (SSCP), N Kuppuram, its national secretary said here today. He told reporters that about one lakh devotees from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu would participate in the yagna.The VHP international president Vedantham and its leader Praveen Thogadia and Hindu Munnani leader Ramagopal would participate. (Agencies)
Ram Setu: VHP to demonstrate and agitate all over IndiaAugust 17, 2007 Mumbai (Maharashtra): Lakhs of factories were closed to protect the 450 years old Taj Mahal, the route of the Metro was redefined to save the Kutubh Minar and nothing is being to save the 17.5 lakh years old Ram Setu which is the symbol of the faith and religion of the Hindus. The anti religion Congress government is trying to break this symbol of Hindu dignity and faith. This is a clear planned conspiracy by the government to end the Hindu religion. Stating these words the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrangdal today announced a country wide agitations and demonstrations to protest against the demolition of the Ram Setu.In Mumbai the protest demonstration was done at the Churchgate railway station. At this time the central MLA Shri P. Venkatesh Abdev, Mumbai, MLA Shri Arun Handa, city head of Thane Shri Anil More of the Bajrangdal etc. were present. At this time the Parished appealed the public to fast on this first Shravni Monday by pledging to protest against this demolition and get united and stand for the Ram Setu. The Parishad demonstrated their protest by carrying flags and saying the slogans against the anti religion government. http://tinyurl.com/27nn7o The Hindu, August 17, 2007Andhra Pradesh
Action plan drawn up to save ‘Ramasetu’ Special Correspondent TIRUPATI: The Rameswaram Ramasetu Protection Movement has announced an action plan to save the holy bridge – Ramasetu. Y. Raghavulu, All-India Samyojak of the ‘Save Setu Movement’ said as a next phase of the agitation, lakhs would converge at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on August 26 under the ‘Chalo Rameswaram’ programme to offer mass poojas to the bridge. On August 28 a ‘Ramasetu Raksha Bandhan’ would be observed to mobilise supporters followed by weeklong Krishnashtami celebrations from September 4 when village-level campaign would be launched for protection of Ramasetu. http://www.thehindu.com/2007/08/17/stories/2007081754650600.htm Agitation will continue till Setusamudram Project not scrapped!August 15, 2007 Panaji (Goa): The Central Government has commenced work to destroy the ‘Sree Ram Setu’ through its Setusamudram Shipping Canal Project. ‘If this work is not stopped with immediate effect, then we shall stage a huge agitation till this project is scrapped’, was the warning given by the Rameshwaram Ramsetu Raksha Manch to the Central Government today. This warning was given at a demonstration staged near the Hanuman Temple located near the Kadamba Bus stand. Shri. Vinayak Chari gave this warning while addressing the crowd on behalf of the Manch during the demonstration. The Congress Government at the Center is working against Hindu culture. We are willing to take any step to stop this project that aims to destroy the ‘Sree Ram Setu’, remarked Shri. Chari. At this time, Prof. Anil Parvatkar, a historian, strongly criticized the Congress Government’s above said plan. He publicly criticized the Central Tourism Minister Smt. Ambika Soni and Central Minister Shri. Balu’s claim that the ‘Sree Ram Setu’ does not exist. During their speech, Prof. Ratnakar Lele and Prof. Datta Naik of the RSS also criticised the Congress Government for attempting to destroy the ‘Sree Ram Setu’. Prof. Datta Naik further remarked that the Government was indulging in anti-Hindu activities under the garb of secularism. Shri. Abhijit Nadkarni of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) expressed that the said project was an attack on Hindu Dharma and all Hindus should unite to fight back against it. He acquainted the audience with the online signature campaign started by the HJS on its Website www.hindujagruti.org to protect the ‘Sree Ram Setu’. The VHP, HJS and Sanatan Sanstha supported this agitation. Shri. Govind Parvatkar, BJP Spokesperson; leader Dr. Subhash Salkar and Sanatan Sanstha’s Prasarsevika Smt. Shubha Sawant also participated in the agitation. Highlights
- Slogans were shouted against the Congress Government and the Tamilnadu Government during the agitation. Slogans encouraging the youth such as ‘Ramsetu ke kaam na aaye, who bekaar jawani hai!’ were also given at this time.
Source: ‘ Daily Sanatan Prabhat ‘http://tinyurl.com/2hvsua Aug. 14, 2007 Deccan Herald Protests in Dist for protection on Rama Sethu DH News Service, Bagepalli/Shrinivaspur, Mulbagal:
Activists of Sri Rama Sethu Rakshana Vedike on Monday staged a protest in front of the Taluk Office seeking the protection of the Rama Sethu, belonging to the Ramayana period.Rama Sethu which was constructed in the Threthayuga leading to Lanka is now in the process of being broken down by the UPA government, said BJP senior leader B Narasareddy.Central Minister Balu has a huge shipping business and this move to destroy the Rama Sethu is an attempt to protect his business interests. Moreover, if the bridge is brought down then the country will be rendered vulnerable to forces of Tsunami.Also, it jeopardises the internal security of the country, he observed. Meanwhile, in Shrinivaspur too, the Vishwa Hindu Parishat members went on a hunger strike. District secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishat M Vemanna spoke.Vishwa Hindu Parishat taluk secretary K Divakar, Mohan Kumar, BJP leaders T Sonnappa Reddy, taluk president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat Na. Venkoba Rao, president of Journalist’s association H Satyanarayana Shetty, Chowdappa, Manjunath of National Voluteer’s organisation, Ramakrishna Reddy, Gopinath Rao of Brahmin’s association, and many public also took part in the hunger strike.In Mulbagal too, the members of Shrirama Sethu protection Committee went on a hunger strike. They protested the central government’s plans to demolish the bridge and raised slogans against the Central governmet and Tamil Nadu government.President of the Committee T M Shrinivas, Co-ordinator C K Radhavallbha, leaders Y Surendra Gowda, M Venkatesh, A Appaji Gowda, H S Harish, Shankar, Munivenkatappa, P M Krishna Murth and others participated in the protest.
Those who want to participate in the huge rally which will be at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu on August 26, have to enroll their names, said a release from the Srirama Sethu Protection Committee. http://tinyurl.com/2hcoxv Rally to save Ram Sethu site held Hindu organisations urge Centre to find alternate route for Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project Ahmedabad, August 12: The Shree Ram Sethu Raksha Manch organised a rally from Nehru Bridge to Vivekanand bridge on Sunday in protest against the construction of the Sethu Samudram Shipping Canal Project (SCCP). President of Shree Ram Sethu Rakshak Manch (SRSRM), Ashok Rawal said, “The Ram Sethu is seen as one of Hinduism’s holiest sites and is now being destroyed by the Sethu Samudram Shipping Canal Project (SCCP) to create a navigable waterway in the narrow sea dividing the two countries. Hence, we strongly condemn this issue.” According to Rawal, the bridge was described as Lord Ram’s bridge since ancient times. When India was under British rule in 1804, Surveyor General of British East India Company James Rennell called it the Adam’s bridge. The Ram Sethu connects India’s Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka’s Tailamannar. Rawal said, “It is ironic that the Government is going to destroy a unique symbol of national identity, which is sacred to us. Besides this, there is the presence of thorium reserves near coastal areas, which could be used to harness nuclear energy. If these reserves are not preserved, international countries will misuse it.” SRSRM secretary Rajesh Shastri said, “NASA pictures taken in 1999 and 2003 reveal the site of Ram Sethu, Yet the Central Government has shown ignorance by not preserving this site.” While adding that the Government is making all efforts to destroy the identity and culture of Hindus, Shastri further said, “Ram Sethu needs to be preserved. We will not allow anyone to destroy it at any cost. We urge Centre to find an alternate route for Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project.” http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=250591
VHP wants Ramasetu kept intact
Staff Reporter (The Hindu, Aug. 14, 2007)
KADAPA: Viswa Hindu Parishad activists staged dharna before the Collectorate on Sunday demanding steps to safeguard the 17 lakh-year-old Ramasetu which was used as a bridge between India and Sri Lanka until the 14th century.
Leaders, including VHP district secretary Lakshminarayana, BJP secretary V.V. Chalapathi and leader Prakash deplored attempts to demolish it for clearing way for navigational purposes. Foreign historians including Mauresco wrote about the significance of the 3 km-wide and 30 km-long rock bridge, they said.
Stating that they were not opposed to Sethu Samudra project, they wanted alternatives explored without demolishing the ancient rock bridge that was linked with the sentiments of majority Hindu community in the country. They quoted environmentalists saying that destroying of Ramasetu would adversely affect monsoons.
VHP holds fast to protest Setusamudram project
Sunday, August 12 2007 22:33 (IST)
Bangalore, Aug 12 (UNI) Vishwa Hindu Parishad, actively supported by the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party today, organised a token fast in protest against the Setusamudram project demanding preservation of ‘Ramasethu’ which they feared will be destroyed once the project is implemented.
Activists undertook a day’s fasting in different places including Bangalore, Dharwad, Mysore Chikmagalur, Shimoga, Bellary and Belgaum. They condemned the move of the Centre to go ahead with the project despite the widespread protests from Hindus.
Rally to save Ram Sethu held Hindu organisations urge Centre to find alternate route for Sethusamudram Ship Canal ProjectAhmedabad, August 12: The Shree Ram Sethu Raksha Manch organised a rally from Nehru Bridge to Vivekanand bridge on Sunday in protest against the construction of the Sethu Samudram Shipping Canal Project (SCCP).President of Shree Ram Sethu Rakshak Manch (SRSRM), Ashok Rawal said, “The Ram Sethu is seen as one of Hinduism’s holiest sites and is now being destroyed by the Sethu Samudram Shipping Canal Project (SCCP) to create a navigable waterway in the narrow sea dividing the two countries. Hence, we strongly condemn this issue.” According to Rawal, the bridge was described as Lord Ram’s bridge since ancient times. When India was under British rule in 1804, Surveyor General of British East India Company James Rennell called it the Adam’s bridge.The Ram Sethu connects India’s Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka’s Tailamannar. Rawal said, “It is ironic that the Government is going to destroy a unique symbol of national identity, which is sacred to us. Besides this, there is the presence of thorium reserves near coastal areas, which could be used to harness nuclear energy. If these reserves are not preserved, international countries will misuse it.”SRSRM secretary Rajesh Shastri said, “NASA pictures taken in 1999 and 2003 reveal the site of Ram Sethu, Yet the Central Government has shown ignorance by not preserving this site.” While adding that the Government is making all efforts to destroy the identity and culture of Hindus, Shastri further said, “Ram Sethu needs to be preserved. We will not allow anyone to destroy it at any cost. We urge Centre to find an alternate route for Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project.”The Indian Expresshttp://www.rss.org/New_RSS/News/NewsDetail.jspVHP observes fast to protect Ram SetuChennai, Aug. 12: Stepping up their protest against the demolition of ‘Ramar sethu’ (Adam’s bridge) as part of the Sethusamudaram Shipping Canal Project, the VHP today observed a fast here.Sri Visvesh Theertha Swamigal of Pejavar Mutt, Udipi, International working president of VHP, S Vedantam, RSS zonal secretary Sethu Madhavan, Janata party’s Tamil Nadu unit president Chandralekha and scores of VHP followers and others participated in the dawn-to-dusk fast, singing bhajans and keertanas.Speaking to reporters, Vedantam said the project was not “useful in anyway.” “The Centre and State have hidden intentions in implementing the project,” he charged.The fast was a nationwide one protesting the demolition of the Ramar sethu, believed to be built by Lord Rama, he said. Pamphlets issued by the ‘Rameswaram Ramsethu Protection Movement,’ the organisers of the fast, claim that destruction of the bridge would increase ‘tsunami’ threat to Tamil Nadu and Kerala, besides leading to threat to India’s security.Marine resources will also be affected if the bridge was demolished,they claimed.Outlook Ramar raksha bandhan to be held on the 28th of AugustChennai, August 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.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.News Today, Chennai‘Thorium deposits will be disturbed if RamarSethu is destroyed’Chennai, Aug 5 (PTI): Giving a ‘scientific’ angle to its stance against the demolition of ‘Ramar Sethu’ (Adam’s bridge) under the Sethusamduram Shipping Canal Project, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad today cautioned that rich deposits of thorium, considered important for energy independence, would be disturbed if the Ramar Sethu was destroyed.Addressing a press conference here, VHP International Working President S Vedantham said that about 3.64 lakh tonnes of thorium deposits are found at Manavalakurichi in Tamil Nadu, Aluva and Chavara in Kerala and Chatrapura in Orissa.“If Ramar Sethu is demolished, thorium deposits in Tamil Nadu will be washed off to international waters or submerged in the ocean in the event of another tsunami. In that case, retrieval of the mineral will become an expensive proposition,” he argued.As only India had rich thorium resources and the technology in the world, the U.S.A had been pressuring the Centre to speedily implement the SethuSamudram project, he claimed.“We suspect an international conspiracy to prevent India from becoming a nuclear power as the thorium deposits will meet the country’s requirement for 400 years,” Vedantham said.He urged the Centre to review the amendments made to the Mines Act, permitting private players into mining and exclude strategic minerals from privatised mining operations in view of the nation’s strategic nuclear programme.He alleged that LTTE was also involved in mining thorium at Pulmothai near Triconomalee in Sri Lanka and expressed apprehension that the Sethusamudram channel would facilitate a two-way trafficking of the precious mineral.Outlook