RAM SETHU - The Controversy
- Given that it was Lord Ram who got the Ram Sethu constructed, providing a 48 kms long land link from Dhanushkodi in India to Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka.
- Given also that this link is said to have been passable on foot till 1480 AD when a cyclone is reported to have submerged the Bridge, obviously as willed by Lord Ram. There is also a version of the Ramayana story which says that Lord Ram himself drew the edge of his bow at Dhanushkodi (Bows end) to sever the Land Bridge as it had served its purpose. Thus in either case it was the Lord’s decision because of which there is no bridge now, as it is all under water.
- Again it was obviously the Lord only who allowed Mankind to develop into intelligent beings capable of building machines to dredge the sea-bottom and using them where they recognized a valid need.
- Since the Sethu Samudram Project does not interfere with Lord Ram’s intention to let the sea cover the original land bridge as he has already allowed it to be submerged, to now claim in his name that the Project is objectionable would not be a valid or rightful claim. But, still a claim to protect the foundations of the said Land Bridge as an Archeological Monument can be made.
- Also the display of some coral stones, that float on water due to the air pockets sealed within, and claiming them as miraculous stones used by Lord Ram to build the Ramsethu, is false and misleading. Nowhere has it been written in the Ramayana that the Ramsethu was a floating bridge and in any case such a bridge would have not remained with its foundation from the sea bed. Also the existing evidence on the ground does not support any such interpretation.
- If Lord Ram is said to have been learn in 5114 or even 31,034 BC, then can the age of the Ram Sethu be 1.7 million years old as is also now being claimed? It could be a natural formation but archeological evidence seems to indicate some ancient construction activity and hence needs further investigation. Perhaps faith has a foundation and hence needs to be respected.
- Allow a free passage to Cyclones – Cyclones are affected only by the surface water and its temperature and the channel has nothing to do with this. Records show that more than 60 cyclones have hit this region in the past 25 years even without any channel having been dredged.
- Cause an increase in sea levels – The channel is under water and the present sea levels are the same on either side of the Ram Sethu bridge which has been under water since at least 1480 AD, and will continue to be so after the dredging and hence there can be no increase in sea levels except at certain times when the tides and monsoon winds may cause a small height difference.
- Ocean currents will show drastic changes and remove the thorium deposits from the beaches or act to channel a future Tsunami – The Sethu Samudram channel is too small to allow for such effects.