Bitter Experiences with SSCP Committee

published on October 31, 2007

The so called public hearing of SSCP Commitee constituted by Hand Picked ‘Scholars’ of UPA has been aptly termed by Shri V Sundaram as – “ Secret Society! Nuremberg Trial or Public Enquiry” in his recent article ( )

Shri Kalyanaraman and Shri Haran shares their experiences with the Committee

I was surprised that the Committee should ask me to provide them with copies of the Madras HC judgement of 19 June 2007 and references to Setu in Sangam and ancient Tamil texts. In addition to the Chairman and Member Secretary, there were 5 members of the Committee. Outside the Committee room, there is a big announcement that it is a PRIVATE HEARING. This is in violation of the high democratic traditions promised by ASG in the Supreme Court for listening to alternative views. Anyway, I just had 25 minutes to present my views in addition to my written submission. The big announcement said that only 10 minutes are allowed. So much for transparency of the Committee process which is clearly a command performance, expected to submit their report on Nov. 11. I hope and pray that the Committee members will have the integrity to go through all the volumes of submissions carefully and with due diligence. Hope springs eternal even in a criminalized polity.



Today I submitted my folder at “Malligai”, Office of the Committee of Eminent Persons on SSCP at 4pm and went inside to meet them for ‘hearing’ at 4.05pm and came out at 4.15pm.

The individual hearing is a real farce. But, what to do?

In the alloted 10 minutes, I vociferously conveyed my objections and requested them to shelve this non-viable project. I have told them that as a citizen of this country, I have the freedom of religion and freedom of worshiping my religious monuments as enshrined in our Constitution and that the Rama Sethu must not be damaged at any cost.

I have also suggested them to find out the possibility of constructing an “Under-water” Aquarium, which can be promoted as an international tourist spot. I have requested them to take immediate steps to declare Rama Sethu as a World Heritage Monument.

Haran B.R

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