Indian Government acting like Taliban

published on April 12, 2007

Duty of the State of Bharatam to protect Rama Setu

Dr.S. Kalyanaraman

It will be a dereliction of responsibility and a violation of the law of the land, if the Govt. of India fails to protect Rama Setu which is an ancient monument. Article 49 of the Constitution of Bharat that is India enjoins Protection of monuments and places and objects of national importance as a Directive Principle of State Policy.


As per the provisions of the AMASR Act, 1958. State of Bharatam should immediately declare Ram Setu, as a protected monument


The evidences  — textual, epigraphic, scientific marine-archaeological explorations — document Rama Setu (or, Setu bandha) as an ancient monument.


 A channel linking Tuticorin Port with Haldia can be designed without damaging this monument which is an object of national importance, indeed, a world heritage site with Ramayana episodes including the construction of Setu bandha by Nala venerated in many Ramayana’s in many parts of the world.


Let not the Govt. of India act like the Taliban who demolished the Bamian Buddha. Development imperative can co-exist with protection of monuments, places and objects of National and International importance.


Let us hope that Govt. of India will see it fit to realign the Sethusamudram Channel to avoid impacting on Ram Setu.

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