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More VideosChennai BJP office attacked http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZajAdXG-Nbo Ram is a big lie: http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/videopod/default.aspx Click on Rama is a big lieClick on Karunanidhi’s daughter’s house attacked Sunil PrabhuThursday, September 20, 2007 (New Delhi) The Ram Setu controversy refuses to die down and has now become a flashpoint between the DMK and BJP.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M Karunanidhi has made it clear that he will not back down on his views on Ram.
After a high level party meeting, Karunanidhi told NDTV that ”Ram is as big a lie as Himalayas and Ganges. I merely told the fact, I did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments. There is no question of withdrawing my statement.”
Meanwhile, BJP leader L K Advani said Karunanidhi has hurt the sentiments of the people.
”Ram is a character from a story. I also write novels and that doesn’t mean the characters come to life,” he said.
The Congress has issued another statement on Thursday evening saying no one should say anything that will hurt the sentiments of any section of society.
Reacting to the controversy, Union Law Minister HR Bharadwaj said Ram’s existence is as true as the Himalayas or the Ganga.
Karunanidhi’s comments were in response to BJP leader L K Advani’s demand that he apologise for saying that there is no proof of Ram’s existence or that Ram Setu is manmade.
On Wednesday, Karunanidhi had hit out at Ramsevaks and reiterated that Ram is an imaginary character and there is no proof that the Ram Setu was manmade.
Under fire from her own colleagues over the Ram Setu affidavit blunder Union Culture Minister Ambika Soni met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier today.
Over a meeting that lasted nearly 45 minutes, the minister explained her side of the story to the Prime Minister. Speaking to reporters later, Soni said she was upset at the way the issue was handled.
She had earlier said that she was willing to resign over the controversial affidavit, if the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi asked her to. http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20070026729 Google video: Kalaignar on Setusamudram project: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8392453851262768475&q=sethusamudram&total=9&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=1 SC on DMK bandh: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-400316701850558262&q=sethusamudram&total=9&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=2 TN Bandh, SC holds special hearing: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7948964309312825945 News reportErode (TN), Sept 17: Charging communal forces with attempts to stop the work on the Sethusamudram project by invoking the name of Lord Ram, DMK patriarch and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has said Ram was an imaginary character. “Some say there was a person over 17 lakh years ago. His name was Ram. Do not touch the bridge (Ramar Sethu) constructed by him. Who is this Ram? From which engineering college he graduated? Is there any proof for this?” Karunanidhi, a known atheist, asked at a public meeting. Addressing the meeting here late last night on the occasion of DMK founder C N Annadurai’s 99th birth anniversary, he said people of Tamil Nadu had a lot of faith in religious matters and some thought that their emotions could be easily whipped up by quoting the name of Ram. If the Sethusamudram project was completed, Sri Lanka might face economic difficulties and Tamil Nadu would prosper, he said, adding some Sri Lankans might have whispered to some here that Tamil Nadu should never become prosperous. “Only to prevent the good scheme, they got hold of the name of a person who was supposed to have lived 17 lakh years ago,” he said. He claimed that the opposition to the project was part of a large conspiracy by “some jackals who wanted to destroy the Dravidian movement”. (Agencies)
Published: Monday, September 17, 2007 http://tinyurl.com/yoq6tb http://chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B904E010C-7AAE-47EF-83A5-C8C7888A3468%7D&CATEGORYNAME=National Lord Ram an imaginary character: Karunanidhi Monday, 17 September , 2007, 16:49 Erode: Charging communal forces with attempts to stop the work on the Sethusamudram project by invoking the name of Lord Ram, DMK patriarch and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has said Ram was an imaginary character and Ram Sethu ( Adam’s Bridge) was man-made. ‘Some say there was a person over 17 lakh years ago. His name was Ram. Do not touch the bridge (Ram Sethu) constructed by him. Who is this Ram? From which engineering college he graduated? Is there any proof for this?’ Karunanidhi, a known atheist, asked at a public meeting. Addressing the meeting here late on Sunday night on the occasion of DMK founder C N Annadurai’s 99th birth anniversary he said people of Tamil Nadu had lot of faith in religious matters and some thought that their emotions could be easily whipped up by quoting the name of Ram. If the Sethusamudram project was completed, Sri Lanka might face economic difficulties and Tamil Nadu would prosper, he said adding some Sri Lankans might have whispered to some here that Tamil Nadu should never become prosperous. ‘Only to prevent the good scheme, they got hold of the name of a person who was supposed to have lived 17 lakh years ago’, he said. He claimed that the opposition to the project was part of a large conspiracy by ‘some jackals, who wanted to destroy the Dravidian movement’. http://sify.com/news_info/news/politics/fullstory.php?id=14528452
As per Valmiki, Rama was a drunkard: Karunanidhi
From our ANI Correspondent
Chennai, Sep 20: Refusing to withdraw his remarks on Lord Rama, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister today said that as per Ramayana’s author Valmiki, Rama was a drunkard.
“I have not said anything more than Valmiki, who authored Ramayana. Valmiki had even stated that Rama was a drunkard. Have I said so?” Karunanidhi told reporters.
Challenging Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani, he asked, “Is Advani ready to discuss Ramayana with me in the same platform after going through Valmiki Ramayana fully?”
Commenting on the Sethu Samundram Project, Karunanidhi said, “I only want the project to be implemented at the earliest as it would reduce the shipping expenses and develop trade. The project has been put on hold for the past one hundred years.”
Yesterday, condemning the attack on his daughter’s house in Bangalore, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said that this act had proved the culture of devotees of Rama.
On Sunday, Karunanidhi had questioned the existence of Rama while addressing a rally in Erode.
He said that Rama was an imaginary character, and asked: “Was Rama a civil engineer?” which created hullabaloo.
The controversy, which was sparked off following an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in connection with the Sethusamudram Project is unlikely to die down even though the Central Government has withdrawn it. The affidavit inter alia had stated that there was no historical evidence to establish the existence of Lord Rama or other characters in Ramayana.
The two officials of the ASI, Director Administration, Chandrashekhar, and Assistant Director of Monuments, V Bakshi were suspended following an inquiry conducted by ASI Director General A Vaish.
Hindu groups have called on the government to stop the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project, saying it will demolish the mythical bridge linking India and Sri Lanka, believed to have been built by Lord Ram.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is opposing the 560 million dollars project, which they say would destroy the Ram Sethu, a 48- kilometer chain of limestone shoals that once linked Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu to Mannar in Sri Lanka.
The project will dredge a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, reducing distances and cutting costs for freight traffic.
Dredging for the project began in 2005 and the channel — 12 metres deep, 300 metres wide and almost 90 km long — will provide a crucial link between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar.
When the project is completed, ships sailing between India’s western and eastern coasts will no longer have to go around Sri Lanka, and are expected to save up to 36 hours of sailing time.
The project has also sparked protests by other groups including conservationists and local fishermen, who say the dredging will mean dumping sediment in deeper water further out to sea.
This and increased freight traffic will harm marine life and threaten the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in both countries.
Copyright Dailyindia.com/ANIhttp://www.dailyindia.com/show/175769.php/As-per-Valmiki-Rama-was-a-drunkard:-Karunanidhi Monday September 24th, 2007 Get your weight in gold if you behead the chief minister of Tamil Nadu Internal politics in India is difficult to follow for outsiders. Recently, an ungodly brouhaha broke out in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi (who is an avowed atheist – Tamil Nadu has a strong atheist tradition, going back to the days of Periyar), made some unflattering remarks about “Lord Ram” that were not much appreciated by the believers. Lord Ram, or Rama, or Ramachandra, is one of the gazillion mythological deities and half-deities and who knows what that infest the bloated Hindu pantheon, and as such he is considered to be the seventh Avatar of Vishnu, and a divine ruler of ancient India (this is based on the crackpot fairy tales in the Ramayana, an old epic popular among Hindu fanatics and all sorts of other nutjobs of the fringe variety). Here’s what the venerable Chief Minister had to say on the subject: Charging communal forces with attempts to stop the work on the Sethusamudram project by invoking the name of Lord Ram, DMK patriarch and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has said Ram was an imaginary character and Ram Sethu ( Adam’s Bridge) was man-made. ‘Some say there was a person over 17 lakh years ago. His name was Ram. Do not touch the bridge (Ram Sethu) constructed by him. Who is this Ram? From which engineering college he graduated? Is there any proof for this?’ Karunanidhi, a known atheist, asked at a public meeting. The Sethusamudram project aims to link Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka more directly through the creation of a shipping canal that would pass through the island chain known as Rama’s Bridge (or Adam’s Bridge). That means digging in “holy” places, which of course has the fanatics up in arms, and there has been many attempts to stop the project. Karunanidhi’s remarks meant more gas on the fire, and the reactions were both swift and very typical:Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Wednesday demanded speeding up of work on the Sethusamudram shipping canal project even as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) urged the government to scrap it, saying it was hurting Hindu religious sentiments. With the issue generating more heat and leaving two people dead in Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked Karunanidhi to stop his tirade against Hindu god Ram and asked if he would dare to make similar derogatory remarks against other religions. In Bangalore, police detained about 10 people and stepped up security for Karunanidhi’s elder daughter Selvi in the wake of Tuesday’s bomb attack at her residence in the wake of the chief minister’s remarks lampooning Ram. A group of 15-20 people pelted Selvi’s house in the posh J.P. Nagar area of the city with stones and glass bottles, breaking windowpanes and ornamental bulbs on the compound wall Tuesday night. Selvi and her husband Murasoli Selvan were away in Chennai then. A watchman who was slightly injured told the police that the attackers, in their 20s, shouted anti-Karunanidhi slogans and left behind pamphlets attacking him. In an apparently related incident, a Tamil Nadu State Road Transport bus was set on fire on the outskirts of Bangalore Tuesday, killing two passengers. …An official release from the chief minister’s office said Wednesday that there was ‘no historical evidence’ to show that Ram lived or that he was an ‘engineering expert’ to build a bridge across the narrow sea dividing India and Sri Lanka. ‘What is wrong in what I had said?’ he asked in the statement. Karunanidhi is sticking to his guns, and rightly so: Reiterating that Ram was just a character in Ramayana and his existence cannot be accepted, Karunanidhi said whatever he had said about Ram was only from the Valmiki’s Ramayana. “I have only repeated what Valmiki had said about Ram in Ramayana. The author of Ramayana has described him as a kudikaran (drunkard). But I have not made any such comment. Let Advani study Valmiki’s Ramayana fully and come to debate about it with me,” Karunanidhi told reporters, rejecting Advani’s demand that he withdraw his comments on Ram. The DMK chief stuck to his stand that Ram was a lie. On Union Law Minister H R Bhardwaj’s comments that the existence of Ram was as true as the Himalayas and Ganga, Karunanidhi said “my remarks were as true as his”. L.K. Advani is the opposition leader from the conservative/nationalist BJP party. Karunanidhi, aside from being the Chief Minister of the state, is also the leader of the regional DMK party, currently in power in Tamil Nadu. And it wasn’t long before the vile abuse hurled at him escalated even further, once the real loons started coming out of the woodwork:Senior VHP leader and former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday declared at a press conference that VHP saints of Ayodhya would weigh in gold anyone who beheaded Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and cut out his tongue. …“We will follow the commandments of our religion and nobody can stop us,” said Vedanti. He said the VHP would file a complaint and a lawsuit against Karunanidhi in Ayodhya. Vedanti’s statement has got the endorsement of the BJP and VHP units of Uttar Pradesh. Said Hridaya Narain Dixit, the spokesperson of the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit, “Karunanidhi has demeaned Lord Ram, and what Vedanti has said only reflects the sentiments of crores of people across the nation.” VHP organisational secretary Trilokiji said he had not heard exactly what Vedanti said, but the VHP would not oppose Vedanti on anything he said against Karunanidhi for the comments on Lord Ram. “This is because all Hindus of the country are one against Karunanidhi,” said Trilokiji.The VHP is a hardline Hindu fundamentalist party (obviously). The DMK people, for their part, didn’t react much better:Hundreds of Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK cadres, led by a minister and Chennai mayor, yesterday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office here after a former MP of the party declared he would weigh in gold anyone who beheaded Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. The protesters threw stones at the BJP office and destroyed cycles and scooters parked there in crowded T Nagar in the heart of the city. Ah, the beauty of religion and tribal politics… As to whether the “bridge” is man-made or not, NASA has determined that it’s an entirely natural structure. The only question of any real value in this whole mess is what the ecological impact of the project will be. Sources: “Lord Ram an imaginary character: Karunanidhi,” Sify.com, September 17, 2007; “Sethusamudram row kills two, VHP wants project axed,” Indo-Asian News Service, September 19, 2007; “Ram a lie, Ramayana says he was a drunkard: Karunanidhi,” Express News Service, September 21, 2007; “Will weigh you in gold if you behead Karunanidhi: VHP’s latest,” Express News Service, September 21, 2007; “DMK cadres attack BJP office in Chennai,” Indo-Asian News Service, September 24, 2007 http://www.badthinking.com/blog/index.php?cat=40 Karunanidhi cautions Centre on Ram Sethu issue
Saturday, 15 September , 2007, 21:57
Salem (Tamil Nadu): DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday cautioned the Centre against paying heed to the “religious fundamentalist forces” on the Ram Sethu issue.
The Centre should not make any attempt to give up the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project, bowing to pressure from such forces, Karunanidhi told reporters at Yercadu near Salem.
Quoting former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, he said Ramayana was a story based on the fight between Aryan and Dravidian races.
“Lord Rama is an imaginary character and Ram Sethu is not a man-made bridge. The Centre should not do anything to disturb the Sethusamudram project,” he said.
Asked whether he had differences with the Centre on the project, he said “our differences are only with the religious fundamentalist forces and not with the Centre”.
Asked about the fresh affidavit filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court on the Ram Sethu issue, he said there was nothing wrong if the fresh one was filed to abide by the directions of the court.
“It only shows that the government is not adamant on the issue. However, giving up the project on some pretext is not acceptable to us,” he said.
Karunanidhi declined to comment on the Left parties opinion that the Centre should not have mentioned about Lord Ram in the first affidavit.
On the reports that the AIADMK was coming closer to the BJP, he said it was not surprising at all.
Asked about the reports that a snap poll to the Lok Sabha was imminent, Karunanidhi said “some say like that. I do not know”.
He said his party wanted the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance in Tamil Nadu to be intact.
There were attempts to break the alliance but they would not succeed, he said.
On his remarks on Friday that he desired to retire, he said one should note that he had spoken about this at a conference of retired government employees.
“I only appreciated their enthusiasm and said I too would get such enthusiasm once I retire. There is nothing more to it,” he said.
Asked whether he had any plans to have a Deputy Chief Minister, he replied in the negative.
Where is proof Ram built bridge, asks Karunanidhi
Express news service
Posted online: Monday, September 17, 2007 at 0000 hrs IST
Chennai, September 16
Though the Centre has decided to withdraw its controversial affidavits on the existence of Ram, expressing regret for hurting religious sentiments, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu has come down hard on “communal forces” for using the “myth” of Ram Sethu to stall the Sethusamudram project.
Warning the Centre against succumbing to communal forces, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, at a function in Erode on Saturday night, said: “Who is this Raman (as Lord Ram is referred to in Tamil)? In which engineering college did he study and become a civil engineer? When did he build this so-called bridge? Is there any evidence for this?”
“The withdrawal of the affidavits does not mean that the project is being withdrawn,” Karunanidhi told reporters at Yercaud near Salem. “If it amounts to the project itself being shelved, then the DMK, which adheres to scientific, rational and progressive ideals, will not accept it.”
On whether there was any difference of opinion between the DMK and Centre on the issue, he retorted: “The conflict is between us and communal elements. It is between us and dominant forces that are using superstitions of the people to stall the project and achieve their ends. It is not a conflict between us and the Union Government. Our stand is that the Centre should not succumb to these communal elements.”
At Erode, Karunanidhi said: “The latest attempt to stall the Sethusamudram project is by a group of jackals, conspirators and dangerous elements. Their objective is to subvert a major project that would usher in development in the southern parts of our state.”
In a resolution which he read out at the function, Karunanidhi warned the Government against giving up the project in the name of Ram Sethu. The Ramayana, he said, was only “a piece of fiction that allegorically represented the conflict between Aryans and Dravidians”.
The Tamil Nadu CM blamed “communal elements” and even Sri Lanka for stalling the project, “a long-cherished dream of Tamils”. “The opposition to the Sethusamudram project was an attempt to destroy the Dravidian movement,” he said. The Centre, he advised, should not be intimidated by threats from religious elements and delay a project that the Prime Minister and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had agreed to implement.
Karunanidhi condemns ‘Ram Bhaktas’ for torching bus
UNI Sept. 19, 2007
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday condemned ”Ram Bhaktas” for burning alive two people, by torching a Tamil Nadu State Corporation bus and launching a violent attack at his daughter’s house in Bangalore last night over the ”Ramsethu” issue.
Talking to newspersons here, the DMK leader said, ”by resorting to such violent attacks, the Ram Bhaktas have exposed their culture and true colour.” Condemning the incident, Karunanidhi expressed his deep condolences to the bereaved families.
Karunanidhi, whose remarks about Lord Ram, provoked the activists of some Hindu organisations to resort to the violent acts, stood by his remarks, while answering a question.
On the charge by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) that his remarks against Lord Ram were responsible for the violent incident, the Dravidian patriarch said that he stood by his remarks and reiterated that there was no historical evidence to show that Lord Ram had built the ”Ramsethu.” ”History had no evidence to show that there was a person called Lord Ram lived and he was an Engineer, competent enough to build a bridge. I had made this remarks and what is wrong in this,” he retorted.
Karunanidhi said saint ”Valmiki, in his Ramayana, had said more than what we had said about Ram and what are they (BJP and Hindu organisations) have to say for this.”
Karunanidhi sticks to stand on Lord Ram issue
Chennai, Sept. 20 (PTI): Sticking to his stand that no one called Lord Ram had existed, DMK Chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday said there was no historic proof for it.
He told a satellite television channel here yesterday that there was also no proof of Lord Ram having constructed a bridge and being an expert in engineering.
“You tell me whether Rama lived. I had only stated that there was no person in the name of Lord Ram. What is wrong in that?,” he asked
He said Valmiki, who authored the Ramayana, had written many things about Lord Ram, which he had not said. “What do the supporters of Ram have to say on this?”
Condoling the death of two persons in a bus burning incident in the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border, he said ‘the culprits have shown that this is the culture of the Ram Bakthas’.
He said he had faith that the Karnataka government would do what was needed as it was duty bound to take action against the culprits.
Referring to the attack his daughter Selvi’s house at Bangalore on Tuesday night, He said ‘I treat these things like a speck of dust. I only welcome this kind of opposition”.
He said those who opposed the Sethu Samuthram project wanted to find minor reasons to stall the project.
The Chief Minister said his government would definitely prevail upon the Centre to continue the project. “We have convened an all party meeting here on Sept.24 just for this purpose’, he added.
Valmiki said Ram was a drunkard: Karunanidhi
Friday September 21 2007 00:00 IST
CHENNAI: Claiming that in the Ramayana Valmiki had described Rama as a drunkard, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Thursday challenged BJP leader L K Advani to a debate on Rama and the Ramayana.
Reiterating that Rama was just a character in the Ramayana, Karunanidhi said: “I have only repeated what Valmiki had said. The author of Ramayana described Rama as a kudikaran (drunkard). But I have not made any such comment.”
“Let Advani study Valmiki Ramayana* fully and come to debate about it with me,” Karunanidhi told reporters, virtually rejecting Advani’s demand that he withdraw his statement.
However, a transcript of his media interaction faxed to newspaper offices later, dropped the word kudikaran. According to it, Karunanidhi had stated that Rama had the habit of somapanam (consuming a beverage which the gods used to have).
Pointing out that the Constitution did not bar anyone from speaking on Rama, he said, “I have not hurt anyone by my remarks. Expressing the views which are already in writing cannot be termed as wounding the sentiments of somebody else.”
But when asked whether he would question the existence of Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed, he merely referred to the comments of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on Rajaji’s Ramayana.
Ram a lie, Ramayana says he was a drunkard: Karunanidhi
Express news service
Posted online: Friday, September 21, 2007 at 0000 hrs IST
CHENNAI, SEPTEMBER 20
Claiming that Valmiki had described Ram as a drunkard in Ramayana, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi on Thursday challenged BJP leader LK Advani to a debate on Ram and Ramayana.
Reiterating that Ram was just a character in Ramayana and his existence cannot be accepted, Karunanidhi said whatever he had said about Ram was only from the Valmiki’s Ramayana. “I have only repeated what Valmiki had said about Ram in Ramayana. The author of Ramayana has described him as a kudikaran (drunkard). But I have not made any such comment. Let Advani study Valmiki’s Ramayana fully and come to debate about it with me,” Karunanidhi told reporters, rejecting Advani’s demand that he withdraw his comments on Ram.
The DMK chief stuck to his stand that Ram was a lie. On Union Law Minister H R Bhardwaj’s comments that the existence of Ram was as true as the Himalayas and Ganga, Karunanidhi said “my remarks were as true as his”.
However, a transcript of his media interaction faxed to newspaper offices later in the afternoon, dropped the word “kudikaran” . According to the fax version, Karunanidhi had stated that Ram used to drink a kind of liquor called somapanam.
Pointing out that the Constitution did not bar anyone from speaking on Ram, he said: “I have not hurt anyone by my remarks. Expressing the views which are already in writing cannot be termed as wounding the sentiments of somebody else. The DMK has never done anything which would hurt the sentiments of either the Hindus or anybody else and the party would not do so in the future.”
‘No problem with alignment’
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi indicated that he had no objection to an alternative alignment as long as the project is completed. “We do not bother about the alignment. What we need is speedy implementation of the Sethusamudram project,” Karunanidhi told reporters. “Right from the day one, the DMK never demanded that the project should be completed by demolishing the Ram Sethu, and we stick to that stand,” he said.
Karunanidhi rejects demand for withdrawal of remarks
Chennai, Sept. 20 (PTI): DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi who is under attack from the BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits for his remarks against Lord Ram and Ram Sethu, today rejected the demand for withdrawal of his remarks.
“I have not said anything more than Valmiki, who authored Ramayana. Valmiki had even stated that Ram was a drunkard. Have I said so?” he asked while replying to questions from media at the DMK headquarters here.
He challenged BJP leader L K Advani, who asked for the withdrawal of his remarks against Lord Ram, to discuss Ramayana with him in the same platform.
“Is Advani ready to discuss Ramayana with me in the same platform after going through Valmiki Ramayana fully?” he asked.
Replying to Advani’s question whether UPA government was also a part of a conspiracy to stall the Sethusamudram project, he said he only cautioned the government against falling a prey to “conspiracy”.
Asked whether he would accept implementing the project without disturbing Ram Sethu, he said the intention of the project was not to destroy the Ram Sethu.
“I only want the project to be implemented at the earliest as it would reduce the shipping expenses and develop trade. The project has been put on hold for the past one hundred years”, he said.
Lawyer files complaint in court against Karunanidhi
Alleging that recent remarks by Karunanidhi on Lord Ram had hurt his religious feelings, a lawyer has filed a complaint in a Chennai court seeking a direction to the police to investigate the matter and file a report.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S Rajagopalan posted the complaint to September 27 when it would be taken up for further proceedings.
The complainant R K Venkatesh, an advocate in the Madras High Court, has contended that the remarks by Karunanidhi questioning Lord Ram’s existence had hurt his religious feelings.
He also said he had filed a complaint with state Director General of Police P Rajendran but “there was no action”. Hence, the complaint to the court.
Economic Times, 23 Sept. 2007
Karunanidhi jumps into Ramlila
23 Sep, 2007, 0228 hrs IST, TNN
The political heat over the Ram Sethu controversy shot up with the DMK rejecting the BJP’s appeal to withdraw its offensive remarks on Lord Ram.
Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi rejected it and said, “I have not said anything more than Valmiki, who authored Ramayana. Valmiki had even stated that Ram was a drunkard. Have I said so.”
He challenged Mr Advani to share a platform with him for a debate on Ramayana. “Is Mr Advani ready to discuss Ramayana with me on the same platform after going through Valmiki Ramayana fully,” the DMK chief asked.
He had earlier said that Ram did not exist, a statement which was fiercely objected by the BJP’s leadership.
Source: Murasoli online archives, September 21, 2007
https://kalyan97.wordpress.com/2007/10/09/993/ Rama Setu: Rama is Tamil hero ! (Evidences for the veneration of Rama in Tamilnadu from ancient times)
https://kalyan97.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/886/ Rama Setu: hurting by abusing Shri Rama
HC moved against CM’s remarks
Chennai, Sept 18: A petition seeking the removal of M Karunanidhi from the Chief Ministership of Tamil Nadu for his remarks against Lord Ram was filed in the Madras High Court today for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.
The quo warranto petition has been filed by Ramathangarasu, President of Tamil Nadu Bharathiya Jana Shakthi.
According to Ramathangarasu, he came to know about Karunanidhi’s speech from newspaper reports. Karunanidhi had challenged the very existence of Lord Rama and criticized him as an ordinary citizen, much inferior to an engineer. He had deliberately made the declaration in order to tarnish the image of Lord Rama. His speech directly affected the feelings and sentiments of a majority of Hindus, Ramathangarasu said.
Being the Chief Minister, Karunanidhi ought not to have criticized Lord Ram, affecting the sentiments of Hindus, thereby committing breach of peace. Karunanidhi who pledged to uphold the Constitution, had violated his oath, he said.
The petitioner also sought to restrain Karunanidhi from signing any record as Chief Minister, pending disposal of his petition.
Karunanidhi had stated at a public meeting at Erode that Ram was an imaginary character and Ram Sethu was not man- made. He had said “some say there was a person over 17 lakh years ago. Do not touch the bridge (Ram Sethu) constructed by him. Who is this Ram? From which engineering college did he graduate? Is there any proof for this?” (Agencies)
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Source: Dinakaran epaper archives, Date 20 Sept. 2007
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