Rama Setu: a biased committee composed

Anatomy of a biased committee

Summary, about the eminent committee to review setuproject:  4 members were associated with shipping ministry (Ramachandran, Alfred, Sakthivel, Biswas)1 member (Wate) is with NEERI who received a one crore rupee contract for EIA3 members are p-sec historians (RS Sharma, Paddayya, Vaikuntham)1 member (Jagadeesan) is a DMK appointee (Member TN State Planning Commission)1 member (RK Jain) is IAS officer working under Shipping Ministry as MD of Indian Ports Assn. (A society but under the Ministry).  Total 10 biased members whose independence in judgement is in serious doubt. More… Info about three more members: Vaikuntham, communistJagadeesan, DMK appointeeRK Jain, Government servant, IAS officer (Min. of shipping) People s Movements in the Princely States (2004)
Y. Vaikuntham (ed.)  ex Prof. of History/Dean 2000-2003 and VC, Kakatiya University 1995-1998
 Dr. P. Jagadeesan, former Vice-Chancellor, Bharatidasan University, and former professor of History, University of Madras , speak about `Social Changes and Popular Movements in 20th Century Tamil Nadu.’http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/mp/2006/05/01/stories/2006050100590500.htm  Parttime member, Tamilnadu State Planning Commission Jagadeesan the nominee in VC search panel Staff Reporter (June 20, 2006)

Decision taken at the special Syndicate meeting of the University of Madras

CHENNAI: The Special Syndicate meeting of the University of Madras convened on Monday unanimously nominated P. Jagadeesan, former Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University, as Syndicate nominee for the three-member search panel to select the next Vice-Chancellor for the University. http://www.hindu.com/2006/06/20/stories/2006062017670300.htm  RK Jain, IAS is MD of Indian Ports Association (which is a society under Ministry of Shipping) IPA is an organisation that was conceived and constituted by the Major Ports of India under the Societies Registration act in 1966 with the prime objective of developing and increasing efficiency and productivity in ports and its working environment.  http://www.ipa.nic.in/abou.htm Thus, all the 10 members of the 10 member committee are biased and cannot be treated as a transparent, credible, independent committee set up to search for the truth.  Credibility of the committee is questionable. It has members with biased views supportive of the project and destruction of Rama Setu. We need SC to intervene and appoint an independent commission with experts from many disciplines needed to perform a fair, transparent review in accordance with the undertakings given to SC. Experts from Srilanka should be invited to present their points of view. How can a committee have members who were earlier associated with the project and shipping ministry? Their views are NOT likely to be unbiased and they are likely to defend their past actions and hence there is conflict of interest. The Chairman of the review committee has already publicly stated his support for the channel project and even went to the extent of saying that dreding has resulted in increase of fish resources, in the face of reports to the contrary (See 5 Feb. 2007 report appended) ! K  Project rethink (5 Feb. 2007)The environmental alliance Coastal Action Network says the deaths of at least six whales since July have been caused by digging on the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project off India’s southern coast and prove that the controversial plan hurts the environment.The dredging will carve a channel in the narrow strip of sea between south-eastern India and western Sri Lanka. Government experts deny the number of whale deaths have increased or are related to the project. CAN also contends that dumping sediment from the project in deeper water off the coast will harm marine life and threaten the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen. http://www.ethicalcorp.com/content.asp?ContentID=4867&ContTypeID=54
 
 Chennai: Sunday, July 10, 2005The Union Ministry of Shipping has set up a monitoring committee under the chairmanship of Dr S Kannaiyan, Chairman of the National Bio-Diversity Authority, Chennai, to assess the impact of the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project (SSCP) on environment and to advise the project authorities. The committee has been set up as the project involves dredging and setting up of other facilities through an eco-sensitive zone. Prof Dileep K Biswas, former chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board in New Delhi, Prof S Ramachandran, Director of the Institute of Ocean Development, Anna University, Chennai, Prof M Naganathan, Professor and Head of Department of Economics, University of Madras, Dr Alfred, Director of the Zoological Survey of India, Dr M Sakthivel, President of the Aquaculture Foundation of India, Chennai, Dr V Palaniappan of the Centre for Ecology and Research, Thanjavur and Mr S C Sharma, former Additional Director General (Wildlife), Ministry of Environment & Forests, have been nominated as members. http://www.sethusamudram.in/htmdocs/Articles/monitoring_committee.htm   The ten-member committee constituted to look into the matter is headed by University of Madras Vice-Chancellor Prof. S. Ramachandran, who is also the Chairman of Monitoring Committee on Environmental Impact Issues. The committee comprises of former Professor of History at the Delhi University Prof. R S Sharma; Aqua Culture Foundation of India President Dr. M. Sakthivel; former Chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board Prof. Dilip K. Biswas; former Director of Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, Dr. J.R.B. Alfred; Deputy Director of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, Dr. S.R. Wate; former Vice-Chancellor of the Bharatidasan University, Tamil Nadu, Prof. P. Jagadeesan; former Vice-Chancellor of the Kakatiya University, Andhra Pradesh, Prof. Y. Vaikuntham; Director of the Deccan College, Pune Dr. K. Paddayya; and Managing Director of the Indian Ports Association, R K Jain. http://in.news.yahoo.com/071011/139/6ltv3.html  Common names in both committees:S. RamachandranDilip K BiswasJRB AlfredM. Sakthivel Members already associated with Sethuchannel: Dr. S.R. Wate – Deputy Director of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur  Pseudo-seculars: Prof. R.S. Sharma – Former Professor of History, Delhi University (who has written anti-hindu articles) Dr. K. Paddayya – Director of Deccan College, Pune (who chaired IHC Mysore session) There are no representatives from Geological Survey of India. National Institute of Oceanography.  Despite these letters, a committee has been announced with a Chairman whose bias is well-known. The Chairman also has conflict of interest as erstwhile Chairman of Environmental Monitoring Committee, paid for by Sethusamudram Corpn./Ministry of Shipping. The committee is therefore, not credible. We need a credible expert commission under SC jurisdication as was done Tehri dam case. The committee as formed violates the undertaking given by Union of India to SC. I humbly request that SC be moved in this regard. dhanyavaadah. kalyanaraman

Shri Rameswaram Ramasetu Raksha Manch, Sankata Mochan Ashram, Ramakrishna Puram, Sector-6, New Delhi 110022 Tel. 011 26178992, 26103495  

9 October 2007 

To  Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh ji. 01123019334 Subject: Request for a meeting with Hon’ble Prime Minister Respected Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh ji, We are writing this on behalf of Rameswaram Ramasetu Raksha Manch (RRRM) in the context of the undertaking given by Govt. of India in the Supreme Court for consultations and comprehensive review of the Setusamudram Channel Project and the intense feelings of many citizens of the nation to save Rama Setu.  We look forward to being associated with the formulation of any review mechanism for enabling a fair, equitable, credible and transparent review and look forward to an opportunity to meet with you with representatives of fishermen community, our experts of various fields such as geology, oceanography, navigation, seismology, mining with particular reference to rare earths, heavy minerals, atomic minerals, archaeology and heritage studies which have a bearing on the review.  Please indicate the time and date convenient for a team from RRRM to meet with you at your convenience to discuss about the composition and terms of reference of the proposed review mechanism.  Thanking you for your consideration and with the best regards,  Yours sincerely, 

S. Kalyanaraman, Ph.D.

National President (RRRM)kalyan97@gmail.com  

S. Vedantam,National General Secretary (RRRM)Svedantam1@gmail.com

Shri Rameswaram Ramasetu Raksha Manch,Sankata Mochan Ashram, Ramakrishna Puram, Sector-6, New Delhi 110022 Tel. 011 26178992, 26103495  29 September 2007 ToHon’ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh ji. 01123015603 Subject: Rama Setu: undertaking for comprehensive review given by Govt. of India in the Supreme Court Respected Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh ji, I am writing this on behalf of Rameswaram Ramasetu Raksha Manch in the context of the undertaking given by Govt. of India in the Supreme Court for consultations and comprehensive review of the Setusamudram Channel Project.  It may be recalled that the Addl. Solicitor General told the Hon’ble Court, acknowledging “the wide-ranging public sentiment”: “The Central Government, without any reservations, in a spirit of inclusiveness and high democratic tradition, to consider a different point of view, withdraws the present affidavit, to re-examine the entire matter…all material would be re-scrutinised with care and circumspection, including any alternative suggestion.” Announcing that a “mechanism” would be in place where anybody who has got any objections on the project would be heard, the Government counsel emphasised that the Centre is “keen that its decisions bind and bring the society together, rather than cause any disruption in the religious and social psyche of one true India.”  We appreciate this candour and forthrightness. Credible team of experts of RRRM It is with good faith and in this spirit of credible, transparent and inclusive re-evaluation of the Setusamudram Channel Project that names of experts recommended by us should be associated and consulted before any decision is taken to set up any ‘mechanism’ for review.  To avoid any injection of bias, the proposed review mechanism should, apart from detailed and wide-ranging consultations with the petitioners in the court cases,   include experts NOT directly connected with the project implementation agencies but independent experts who can provide an unbiased opinion and provide guidance for evaluation of aspects which were NOT included in the earlier studies; in particular, national security aspects, orders in Madras HC judgement of 19 June, 2007, aspects such as geotectonics, geothermal heat-flows and volcanics in the project area, impact on placer deposit accumulations along the entire southern coastline, impact of another tsunami which has been indicated in the Nature magazine report of 6 September 2007 of a tsunami more devastating than the 2004 or 1762 tsunami putting 6 to 7 crore people of the coastline of India at risk, changes in bathymetry and sedimentation parameters after the 2004 tsunami, evaluation of pro’s and con’s of a landbased canal versus mid-ocean channel passage with concomitant navigational hazards and impossibility of salvage operations for grounded ships, transport economics project alternatives such as road and rail to move coastal shipments into the hinterland. There are also issues related to internationalization of the channel as brought out in Justice VR Krishna Iyer’s letter to the Prime Minister. Views of eminent jurists like Justice KT Thomas should also be considered.  Consultations with the public The two public hearings of the project in January and February 2005 were not transparent, were incomplete, unfair, defective and void since the people directly concerned with the project along the coastline from Nagappattinam in Tamilnadu to Kochi in Kerala were still recovering from the devastating impact of the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami.  We look forward to being associated with the formulation of the mechanism for enabling a fair, equitable, credible and transparent review and look forward to an opportunity to meet with you with representatives of fishermen community, our experts of various fields such as geology, oceanography, navigation, seismology, mining with particular reference to rare earths, heavy minerals, atomic minerals, archaeology and heritage studies which have a bearing on the review.  Please indicate the time and date convenient for a team from RRRM to meet with you at your convenience to discuss about the composition and terms of reference of the proposed review mechanism.  Thanking you for your consideration and with the best regards,  Yours sincerely, S. Kalyanaraman, Ph.D.Former Sr. Executive, Asian Development Bank,On behalf of Rameswaram Ramasetu Raksha Manch (RRRM),3 Temple Avenue, Srinagar Colony, Chennai 600015 Tel. 044 22350557 Kalyan97@gmail.com Cc:Hon’ble Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji 01123018651 Hon’ble Union Minister Ambika Soni, R/No.501 C Wing, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi 110001 Office Phone 91-11-23381539 91-11-23386765 91-11-23384173 Office Fax 91-11-23385115 22 Akbar Road, New Delhi 110011, 011 26496202 Fax 011 26494652 Hon’ble Union Minister for Law, Shri Hansraj Bharadwaj, New Delhi, 011-23384241, 011-23387259, 011-23382733Smt Anshu Vaish Director General,  Phone: 23013574, 23015954, 23019487 Fax Shri Badal K Das, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi 110001 Phone 91-11-23386995 Fax 91-11-23384093 Shri Lov Verma, Jt. Secy, Min. of Culture, GOI, New Delhi 011 23381198 Fax 23382907  Shri Nihal Chand Goel, Jt. Secretary, Dept. of Culture, GOI, New Delhi js.culture@nic.in Phone No. 91-11-23381198 Fax 91-11-23382907  

COMMITTEE OF EMINENT PERSONS ON SETHU SAMUDRAM SHIPPING CHANNEL PROJECT MEETS



 The Committee of Eminent Persons constituted by the Government of India on Sethu Samudram Shipping Channel Project held its first meeting on 11th October, 2007 in New Delhi in which all the Members of the Committee were present. The Terms of Reference of the Committee are to invite objections and suggestions from all concerned including the writ Petitioners in the court cases in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, having interest in the Sethu Samudram Shipping Channel Project and to consider all suggestions/proposals/documents after giving them a personal hearing. The Committee comprises of :-i) Prof. S. Ramachandran – Chairman of Monitoring Committee on Environmental Impact Issues, of Sethu Samudram Ship Channel Project and Vice-Chancellor of University of Madras – Convenor

ii) Prof. R.S. Sharma – Former Professor of History, Delhi University

iii) Dr. M. Sakthivel – President of Aqua Culture Foundation of India

iv) Prof. Dilip K. Biswas – former Chairman of Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India

v) Dr. J.R.B. Alfred – former Director of Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata

vi) Dr. S.R. Wate – Deputy Director of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur

vii) Prof. P. Jagadeesan – former Vice-Chancellor of Bharatidasan University, Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu

viii) Prof. Y. Vaikuntham – former Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University, Andhra Pradesh

ix) Dr. K. Paddayya – Director of Deccan College, Pune

x) Shri R.K. Jain, IAS – Managing Director, Indian Ports Association – Member Secretary

The Committee after detailed deliberation on the matter referred to it, decided to invite objections and suggestions from all concerned including the writ Petitioners so as to reach at the following address of the Committee by 1700 hrs. on 31st October, 2007. Member Secretary, Committee of Eminent Persons on Sethu Samudram Shipping Channel Project The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Post Graduate & Research Development Block, “Poompozhil”, 5, Greenways Road, Chennai – 600 028.

Tel No. : 044-24959005, 044-24959006

The objections/suggestions have to be submitted either through RegisteredAD or delivered at the above address in Chennai on all days upto 31stOctober, 2007 except on 21st October, 2007 from 1000 hrs. to 1700 hrs. The Committee will also give a personal hearing from 29th October, 2007 to 6th November, 2007 (all days including holidays) at the above address tween 1000 hrs. to 1700 hrs. Out of this, the period from 4th to 6th November, 2007 has been kept for giving personal hearing to the Petitioners, who can come on any of these days as per their convenience. To participate in the hearing, proof of having submitted the objections/suggestions in the form of acknowledgement of the Committee or Postal receipt have to be produced by all concerned except the Petitioners. http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=31845 

Sethu project: panel sees no major environmental change Staff Reporter MADURAI: The Monitoring Committee on Environmental Impact Issues of the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project has found no major environmental change due to dredging in the Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar.After review of the ecological impact by the reconstituted panel here on Monday, its chairman S. Ramachandran said a stringent monitoring system was in place ever since dredging started in July 2006. Water, sedimentation, noise and air quality were being monitored every four hours and eight hours, on a weekly and monthly basis and across various seasons. “The monitoring has established that there is no major change in environment. Even the minor changes reported were well within the natural variability,” Prof. Ramachandran said. “There is an increase in fish catch. Hence, the fear of environmentalists is not substantiated. Scientific monitoring has proved that the changes are insignificant.” Denying the allegation that improper dumping of dredged sand had led to grounding of fish boats, Prof. Ramachandran said the dumping was being carried out away from the shore. He attributed the grounding of boats to changes in the seabed following the tsunami. On the charge that the sea was remaining rough for a longer period due to the dredging, he said it was due to climatic changes triggered by global warming.On Ramar Sethu Prof. Ramachandran said the Adam’s Bridge was a natural phenomenon and that only 0.5 per cent of the land mass (300 metres) was being dredged. http://www.hindu.com/2007/07/31/stories/2007073160540800.htm Jun 13, 2007Adam’s Bridge is a natural marine process: Experts
Wednesday June 13 2007 10:25 IST
CHENNAI: A group of environmentalists, geologists and dredge masters had a
brainstorming session on Ramar Palam or Adam’s Bridge in the city on
Monday.

As part of the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project (SSCP), the Adam’s Bridge
is being dredged and some of the Hindu outfits, citing religious
significance, are opposing it.

At the session conducted by the Centre for Environmental Studies at the
University of Madras, experts pointed out that the formation of Adam’s
Bridge in the Palk Bay was a natural marine process.

They made presentations of their studies done over the years on the
formation of the Adam’s Bridge.

Addressing reporters, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras S
Ramachandran said that the bridge had been formed from discontinuous sand
spit connecting Dhanushkodi and Thalaimannar.

The initial sand spit had become a chain of barrier islands similar to that
found on Atlantic coast.

He pointed out that there was every possibility for the bridge to disappear
in the event of severe cyclonic storms.

On global warming, Ramachandran, who is also a marine scientist, said that
the coral reeves along the Gulf of Mannar and Adam’s Bridge were
susceptible to this phenomena.

According to him, global warming raised the sea level and increased the
temperature. “The reeves occupied the inter tidal area which gets exposed
to the atmosphere and damaged in the process,” he said.http://www.newsrack.in/DisplayNewsItem.do;jsessionid=B32DB3DB799011D9EC19B4AFC027B993?ni=13.6.2007%2F55.nie.crawler%2Fni378.NewsItems.asp_ID%3DIE920070613000344

Rama Setu: SSCP committee invites comments  
Sethusamudram project committee meets
Thursday, October 11, 2007 | MP

New Delhi, Oct 11 (ANI): The committee of eminent persons constituted by the Centre to look into the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project held its first meeting here today.All the members of the committee were present in today’s meeting.The Government has sought three months time from the Supreme Court to examine the Sethusamudram project.The Committee has invited objections and suggestions, including from the writ petitioners in the cases in the Supreme Court, on the project.It will then consider suggestions, proposals and documents after giving them a personal hearing. The 560 million dollars project that will dredge a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, reducing distances and cutting costs for freight traffic, has been opposed by the conservationists and the Hindu organisations. Opposing the project, while conservationists and local fishermen say the increased freight traffic will harm marine life and threaten the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in both countries; the Hindu organisations say the project would destroy the mythical Ram Sethu, a 48- kilometre chain of limestone shoals that once linked Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu to Mannar in Sri Lanka.The ten-member committee constituted to look into the matter is headed by University of Madras Vice-Chancellor Prof. S. Ramachandran, who is also the Chairman of Monitoring Committee on Environmental Impact Issues.The committee comprises of former Professor of History at the Delhi University Prof. R S Sharma; Aqua Culture Foundation of India President Dr. M. Sakthivel; former Chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board Prof. Dilip K. Biswas; former Director of Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, Dr. J.R.B. Alfred; Deputy Director of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, Dr. S.R. Wate; former Vice-Chancellor of the Bharatidasan University, Tamil Nadu, Prof. P. Jagadeesan; former Vice-Chancellor of the Kakatiya University, Andhra Pradesh, Prof. Y. Vaikuntham; Director of the Deccan College, Pune Dr. K. Paddayya; and Managing Director of the Indian Ports Association, R K Jain.The committee held detailed deliberation on the matter today. It has decided to invite objections and suggestions by 5 p.m. on October 31 addressed to Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Post Graduate and Research Development Block, “Poompozhil”, 5, Greenways Road, Chennai – 600 028.The committee will give a personal hearing from October 29 to November 6 (on all days including holidays).The period from November 4-6 has been kept for giving personal hearing to the petitioners. (ANI)

http://www.my-india.net/cgi-bin/n/viewnews.cgi?newsid1192117245,45198,

Sethusamudram ship canal project panel invites objections

New Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) The Committee of Eminent Persons constituted by the government on Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP) met here today and decided to invite objections and suggestions from all concerned.

“The committee after detailed deliberation on the matter referred to it, decided to invite objections and suggestions from all concerned including the writ petitioners…,” according to an official release here.

The Committee, which consists of 10 members, said it would consider the objections and suggestions after personally hearing them, it added.

The opposition BJP had earlier expressed concern about the project to link Palk Strait with Gulf of Mannar, and demanded that it should be aligned in such a way that it does not damage the ‘Ram Setu’ (Adam’s Bridge) that many believe has mythological links with Hindu god Lord Ram.

NASA pictures show the area, situated between the islands of Mannar in northwestern Sri Lanka and Rameshwaram in the southeastern coast of India, to be a chain of limestone shoals formed an estimated 1.7 million years ago.

http://tinyurl.com/yvbwjj

Sethusamudram project panel invites objections

Thursday, October 11, 2007 21:52 [IST]
PTI

New Delhi: The Committee of Eminent Persons constituted by the government on Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP) met here today and decided to invite objections and suggestions from all concerned.

“The committee after detailed deliberation on the matter referred to it, decided to invite objections and suggestions from all concerned including the writ petitioners…,” according to an official release here. The Committee, which consists of 10 members, said it would consider the objections and suggestions after personally hearing them, it added.

The opposition BJP had earlier expressed concern about the project to link Palk Strait with Gulf of Mannar, and demanded that it should be aligned in such a way that it does not damage the Ram Setu (Adam’s Bridge) that many believe has mythological links with Hindu god Lord Ram. NASA pictures show the area, situated between the islands of Mannar in northwestern Sri Lanka and Rameshwaram in the southeastern coast of India, to be a chain of limestone shoals formed an estimated 1.7 million years ago.

The DMK and Left parties have sought that the project be given a go ahead by the Centre as there was no “scientific evidence” to prove that Ram Setu was man-made. The controversy was further fueled by an affidavit to that effect in Supreme Court by the Archaeological Survey of India, which was later withdrawn by the Centre.

http://finance.indiainfo.com/2007/10/11/0710112154_sethu_panel.html

Sethu panel to invite suggestions, objections Special Correspondent NEW DELHI: The Committee of Eminent Persons on the Sethusamudram project will invite objections and suggestions from all concerned, including those who have filed writ petitions in the Supreme Court challenging it, besides giving a personal hearing to those filing objections. The committee, constituted by the government, held its first meeting here on Thursday. It will consider all suggestions/proposals/documents after giving them a personal hearing. The objections and suggestions must reach the member-secretary of the committee at the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Postgraduate and Research Development Block, “Poompozhil,” 5, Greenways Road, Chennai – 600 028 by 5 p.m., October 31. Objections can be filed in person or through registered post.The committee will have personal hearings from October 29 to November 6 (including holidays). November 4-6 has been earmarked for giving a personal hearing to the petitioners. However, to participate in the hearing, all others (excluding petitioners) will have to submit proof of their having filed objections/suggestions in the form of an acknowledgement by the committee or postal receipts. Panel members S. Ramachandran, Chairman of the Monitoring Committee on the Environmental Impact Issues of the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras, is the convener of the panel. R.K. Jain, IAS, Managing Director, Indian Ports Association, is member-secretary. The other members are R.S. Sharma, former Professor of History, Delhi University; M. Sakthivel, president of the Aqua Culture Foundation of India; Dilip K. Biswas, former Chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India; J.R.B. Alfred, former Director of the Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata; S.R. Wate, Deputy Director of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur; P. Jagadeesan, former Vice-Chancellor of the Bharathidasan University, Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu; Y. Vaikuntham, former Vice-Chancellor of the Kakatiya University, Andhra Pradesh; and K. Paddayya, Director of the Deccan College, Pune. http://www.hindu.com/2007/10/12/stories/2007101255561400.htm  

4 Responses to Rama Setu: a biased committee composed

  1. T.C.Govindan says:

    The committee formed by the Govt is one of ’eminent’ persons and not one of ‘experts’. How far this committee will do justice to the job on hand, with impartiality and in a totally unbiased manner, remains to be seen.

  2. M. Nachiappan says:

    Except, Sri. Peddayya, all others have been anti-Hindu.

    R. S. Sharma has been rapid anti-Hindu

    K. P. Jagadesan has been proven anti-Hindu, anti-Brahmin and atheist also. He has been one of the “historical advisers” for Karu to call Hindus / Rama etc., by names.

    Vaikundam would give away anything or do anything for just a posting!

    Therefore, Hindus can straight away oppose by petition, letter to the President, Chiref Justice of India, etc., to voice their concern.

    With this committee, Hindus cannot get any justification.

  3. T.V.SESHADRI says:

    Let the Govt first give the complete details to the puplic about the project and also how it is going to earn profit from the project. Till such time they must use the money to co mplete the GOLDEN QUADRILATERAL.Also Shri T.R.Balu must give account for Rs 600crores which was spent on the project.

  4. Atul Mehta says:

    A devout Hindu or Ram-Bhakta should never be afraid of anything than what to bother about any person. A fearful person is only a PSEUDO-HINDU & not the REAL HINDU.

    Any kind of TRICKS can not suppress the TRUTH.

    SatyaMeva Jayate.

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