Ram Setu is the name of the bridge that is supposed to link South India to Sri Lanka since the Ramayana. According to this epic, it was built by Hanuman, the chief of Ram’s army, in order to cross over the ocean and rescue Sita who had been abducted by Ravana. As early as the 19th century, the British made plans to dredge this channel in order to enable big ships to navigate along the Indian coast or to travel between the Eastern sides of India towards the Arabian Sea to use it. In 1838 efforts were made to this end for the first time, but they did not succeed in making the passage navigable for big ships. Another plan was made in 1860 but it was never implemented.
Hindu nationalists have become experts in the art of being outraged after the crystallization of the Hindutva ideology in the 1920s. Articulating a deeprooted inferiority complex, they have tried hard to denounce the disrespectful behaviour of the minorities they feared most—especially the Muslims—in order to mobilize new followers. Such a process was likely to trigger riots and to polarise society along communal lines—and eventually to translate into votes. However, a purely instrumentalist interpretation of the Hindu nationalist use of outrage would be too simplistic. The use of sacred symbols is not that easy, as evident from the case of the Ram Setu movement. It shows that the congress followers find it more difficult to mobilize followers when the culprits are not Hindus. It also shows that the exploitation of the outrage is more complicated when its instigators are born. In any case, the holy character of the outraged symbol is not enough: it has to be historical; and it has to be useful too.
Hinduism has always been referred to as one of the most modern and scientific religions ever in the history of the universe. It is also the oldest known religion noted till date. But times and again, the flag-bearers of other religion have tried to pinpoint at Hinduism, claiming it to be based on preposterous beliefs and “myths”.
In fact, the Hindu yogic art or yoga was also believed as such but nowadays look how everyone is being busy learning yoga! Another such “myth” that has entwined itself with Hinduism is the “myth” of having a land bridge between India and Sri Lanka. Well, the fact that Hindus knew about Sri Lanka even during prehistoric times was not enough to convince people of other communities about the authenticity of Indian texts, they literally pounced upon the authenticity of the land bridge, which was supposedly built by banar sena that connected India with Sri Lanka.
However, there’s good news for believers. Once again, proving itself to be the champion of modern arts and science, Hinduism has proved that the bridge connecting Sri Lanka to India or vice versa isn’t just a “myth”. NASA scientists have analyzed and found out that there is indeed a bridge connecting the two countries. Further analysis found out that the details of the rocks in the seabed has been mentioned in an ancient Hindu poem as well, which also is proving enough that the myth is much more than a myth.
Watch the vidoe below where the scientists talk about the “myth” in details and busts it as well.
— Science Channel (@ScienceChannel) December 11, 2017
Thus, on one hand even the NASA scientists think that Ram Setu was real, while on the other hand, we have our very own Congress party, which still goes by the notion that “Ram never existed”.
The show puts the spotlight once again on the Ram Setu by quoting American archaeologists who say the 50-km stretch — between Pamban Island near Rameshwaram in India and Mannar Island off Sri Lanka — is man-made. The Ram Setu is also called Adam’s bridge.
The promo has got more than 1.1 million views since it was shared by Science Channel on social media 16 hours ago.
Smriti Irani, the minister for information and broadcasting, also retweeted the video, with the caption ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
जय श्री राम 🙏🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/M85KFnyZIY
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) December 11, 2017
Irani’s retweet of the trailer met with an outpouring of support and some ridicule. One Twitter user wondered why the Archaeological Survey of India wasn’t doing anything to resolve the matter.
“Jai Sri Ram….but what was ASI doing? This could have been done by us rather than science channel telling us. But no even after 2014 leftist thugs will still rule academics, ncert, history,” a twitter user by the name Sandeep Singh, said.
On November 12, the court gave the government six weeks’ time to file an affidavit on their stance, reported ANI. Subramanian Swamy, who filed the petition in the court opposing the project, told reporters that the Narendra Modi government had decided to file a new affidavit suggesting alternative routes for the Sethusamudram project.
What do you think about it? Do you think it is high time for everyone, and not just Hindus, to secure the total domination of Hinduism?