Sethu: RSS chief tells all Hindus to protest

via Express News Service published on October 21, 2007

NAGPUR :RSS chief K S Sudershan called upon all Hindus on Saturday to raise their voice against the UPA Government’s “bid to destroy the Ram Sethu for the proposed waterway between India and Sri Lanka”.


In his customary Dussehra speech here, Sudershan said that the Government and its allies are serving the interests of the Americans and the Chinese through the Sethusamudram project.


“When the common people, scientists, environmentalists and archaeologists are vouching for the existence of the Ram Sethu and the grave dangers posed by its proposed breaking, Union Minister T R Baalu and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi are bent upon rubbishing them and trying to thrust their dictatorship. Do such ministers have a right to continue in their offices?” Sudershan asked.


Among all religious texts, Sudershan curiously chose to quote from the Guru Granth Sahib about how different Sikh Gurus themselves had written about the existence of the Ram Sethu. Sudershan also claimed that the Sethusamudram project doesn’t make any economic sense as is being claimed by the UPA Government. He dwelt at length on how the project will endanger the rich thorium deposits along the coast that can revolutionise India’s nuclear programme.


The RSS chief observed that the US is trying to strengthen its control over the Indian Ocean through the proposed waterway and is pressuring the Indian Government to push the project. Similarly, China, which has set up its strategic base at the Coco island near Myanmar, too, will be greatly helped by the project since it is planning to build a modern port on an island near Sri Lanka, he said.


“That’s why the Communist parties, which opposed the nuclear deal, are supporting the Sethu project,” Sudershan claimed.


The RSS chief also attacked the Leftists by referring to the ration riots in West Bengal and the growing Naxalism which, he said, are “cruel manifestation of their bankrupt ideology”.


On reservation, Sudershan questioned the propriety of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “Some people are asking for reservation to Muslims and Christians. The Constitution clearly provides it only for backward castes in the Hindu society and not for the converts. Clearly, the gameplan is that if these converted sections get quota, it would further help conversions,” he said.


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