Rama Setu: Rama as reality

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.’’

Centre flayed for filing ‘false’ affidavit before SC on Ramayanana.http://tinyurl.com/yvotre

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2 Responses to Rama Setu: Rama as reality

  1. veerajai says:

    dear editor, one thing must born in mind-this country belongs to hindus adn secularism only means tolerence to other reliogions other than native hinduism/// so, the beliefs and sentiments of the ppeple must be respected by the consttuion and the government.. otherwise this country will ot pieces again.. take care..veerajai

  2. Raju says:

    Hindu Tolerance: Who is the next victim?

    Today as a minority whenever I see my hindu brothers getting angry, I always think of who will be the next victim of their “tolerence”. I respect Sundheendra Kulkarni as well as my other hindu brothers, what i am writing builds on one line of his article that is being misused and misapplied from long time.

    It has been said many times that hindu’s have been very tolerent but still are hurt most of the times. Sudheendra Kulkarni made the point in his 18th september’s arcticle on Ramsethu controversy “More popular than the badshah”. He wrote “it betrays a mentality that holds that the religiuos sentiments of Hindus can be hurt”. The main question I pose to my hindu brothers is “who is hurting the beleif’s of Hindus? Were they muslims or christians or hindus themselves?.

    I believe that people’s belief should be respected, but the reason for raising the above question is that the above notion (hindus are always at receving end, hurted etc) has been successfuly used by sangh parivar, its politicians, its variuos outfits to mobilise masses and commit outragous attrocities on minorities. If hindus are really hurt with this treatment to them in last 50 years in this country why then out of so many riots or campaigns they have not targeted the congress or other hindu brothers who hurt them or do not agree with them?. Why when it comes to using their majority muscle power they shed thier anger on minorities.

    We indians, hindu’s or muslim’s are equally intolerant and equally tolerant because our intolerance or our tolerance has always been an emotional phenomenon. And it is these emotions that are being diverted by anyone for thier political advantage. We have hindu’s who are made to feel an oppressed lot in India, so sangh parivar is continously trying to pitch them against minorities as if they are the ones who are responsible for thier plight.
    On the other hand we have muslims who congress claims are an oppressed lot and make them feel as victims of hindus. So politicians are successful in keeping thier voters feeling victimised. It is interesting to note that Sangh parivar at the same time says that congress appeases muslims. But neither congress nor DMK (who also hurt hindu sentiments this time) represent muslims, then why is hindu anger always spent on minorities?.

    In truth each community is responsible for its own plight and which contributes to collective national plight. If our tolerance is based on mutual respect and acceptance of our differences, then it would be more dependable in long run for the nation. It does not take enormous intelligence to understand that if we all progress than nation will also progress. Hence it is time to work inwardly to correct our own plights and work outwardly to respect and accept others, tolerate others not because one is weak or strong, majority or minority but because we know each other, understand each other and respect each other. Without this understanding we are only heading for creating water-tight parivars, each one a victim of other with no solution except extinction of another. The real enemy is not the so-called external enemy but the internal enemy who always points outside.

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