Ram Sethu Expert Commitee-A sad commentary on the state of affairs

via CAPT(RETD) H.Balakrishnan, Indian Navy published on October 15, 2007

A Press Information Bureau (PIB) press release of Oct 11,reveals the formation of a 10 member “Committee of Eminent Persons”, by the Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways on the SSCP.
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 will hold its hearings from Oct 29 to Nov 6 in Chennai.
An examination of the composition of this ‘Eminent Committee’ reveals the following. Four members were earlier associated with the shipping ministry, one member represents NEERI,that gave the environmental clearance for the Project, three members are historians belonging to an idology that believes in negating our ‘past’, ‘deriding’ our ancestors,and our ‘ civilisational ethos ‘ (there are enough open source literary critiques available to prove this point), one member belongs to the TN State Planning Commission and the Member Secretaray of this ‘Eminent Committee’ is an I.A.S. Officer,functioning as the MD of Indian Ports Association (A society under the Ministry of Shipping).

For a “Shipping Project” like the SSCP, with National Security implications on account of its location,it is very surprising that there are no ‘mariners’,either from the mercantile marine or the Indian Navy/Coast Guard. How then, does a ‘mariner’ explain his point of view to members who have had no hands of experience of command at sea or the harsh realities and dangers at sea? How does one explain the ‘squat or suction effects’ in a shallow channel ?
In this light, one is regrettably forced to conclude that the formation of this ‘Expert Committee’ is a charade, meant to ‘go through the motions of justice and fairplay ‘. A sad commentary on the state of affairs today.


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