Myth or reality? Row haunts Ramayana
Friday September 14 2007 10:50 IST ENSBANGALORE: The decision of the Centre to file an affidavit before the Supreme Court saying that ‘‘Sri Rama’’ in Ramanayana was an imaginary charactor has been criticised by a cross-section of people.
Noted scientist and president of society for marine archaeology S R Rao has opined that one cannot dismiss Ramanaya as just myth as there were enough evidences to come to the conclusion that Ramayana indeed happened in the neolithic age. In a release on Wednesday, Rao opined that various neolithic sites including Hampi (also called as Kishkinda in the epic Ramayana), Bithur near Nagpur, Mahagara in Belan valley in Uttar Pradesh and North Western Frontiers of Pakistan have yeilded weapons of neolithic age like coloured pottery and wheel like beads and of rice and cotton growing culture,’’ he said and added that the neolithic culture is around 7,000 year old.
Rao has also argued that Vanaras (monkey faced people) could be the neolithic culture people who could have come into contact with Rama when he visited Kishkinda.
Saying that Ramayana should be dated back to at least 3000 BC (around 5,000 years ago), Rao argued that there were no negative evidences to say that Ramayana is a myth and it is unsupported by archaeological evidence.
‘‘Ramanayana is built on a cor of truth depicting the life of a particular people and period,’’ Rao stated and said that it happened much before Mahabharata.
Meanwhile, former Bihar and Jharkhand Governor justice Rama Jois has termed the decision of the Centre to declare ‘‘Rama was an imaginary character’’ before the Supreme Court as an affront to the nation.
In a release here, Justice Jois stated that Ramayana was the richest heritage of our nation and Rama is a national hero of unparalled merit.
‘‘In the epigraph of Constitution of India which is signed by all members of the Constituent Assembly, the figure of Sri Rama has been shown in the background as our great ancestor. Therefore, the affidavit filed also amounts to denigrating the very basis of our Constitution before the entire world. The people who are responsible for filing such an affidavit before the SC are liable to be prosecuted for committing an offence of perjury and also under section 295 of the CrPC for insulting Hindu religion.’’
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