This, I guess, is coming out later than it should have. And most of what I am going to say has already been covered by most people on the middle pages of The New Indian Express.
I fail miserably in trying to understand why we Indians are in denial about our history and heritage. Why most Hindu scriptures are denounced as mere mythology by.. er.. Hindus themselves. But, uh, well, this just goes on to illustrate that Hinduism is one religion not steeped in bigotry; it encourages debate and doesn’t press on anyone to follow rites and rituals by warning of dire consequences if rules are breached. It stands the concept of Organized Religion on its head, and can never, like Wikipedia, work, in theory, but in practice, proves otherwise.
I wonder just WHY the Government is hell-bent on going on with the Sethusamudram Project though it doesn’t necessarily translate into a considerable improvement in shipping.
For starters, the project would benefit only small-sized ships. But the benefits at present are far outweighed by the LTTE threat in the area. True, the project may revive smaller ports in both India and Sri Lanka, but if it ain’t broken, why fix it? And.. these smaller ports on the Lankan side fall largely in Tiger territory casting considerable doubts on their usefulness.
A lot has been said on the role of Ramar Sethu in preventing the most recent tsunami from affecting the West Coast [so much that I think a mere mention here will suffice], and also affecting the ecology of the region.
The Government decided to go along with the destruction of Adam’s Bridge without an investigation into the possible ramifications of the project. Like an article in The New Indian Express said, “SSCP would probably be the only offshore project in the world in which the project planners have committed publicly that they have not considered the high risk factors and yet would go forward with the execution of the project.”
I wonder what vested interests could be behind destruction of one of the oldest man-made structures? What could make Karunanidhi state that all those opposed to this project are anti-national? HOW could people opposed to this be anti-national? There are scholars who study the legend of Atlantis, who believe completely in it, all just going by Plato’s description. Whereas this bridge finds many mentions in ancient Tamil literary works, and there is proof that it was used to travel between India and Lanka as late as the 15th Century, and people still pooh-pooh The Ramayana and all that is related to it as mere legend.
The relatively low level of opposition to this project [imagine the furore if the same was the case with The Sphinx, or China’s Great Wall, or the Wailing Wall] seem to me as a result of systematic brainwashing, modification of history textbooks, Truth By Repeated Assertion [An incident from school comes to mind: there was some story about celebrating Eid and Christmas, and the teacher said, “See, they are so ordered when it comes to worship. Whereas Hindus, there will be a big confusion, one lady’s bag gets snatched, one child gets lost, so much of pushing and shoving and garbage…”] not unlike the Nazi teaching in schools [which included a subject called Racial Science] all of which culminate in applying double standards as far as the terms secularism and tolerance are concerned.
In dismissing religion as mere superstition, when the truth is that people are not aware, and do not bother to become aware of logic behind any rite or ritual.
A recent incident involving a temple and a politician and his infant son has many secularists saying Hinduism needs to adapt to changing times. Whereas the truth is that there is no other way Hinduism has survived for millennia without resorting to conversion by the sword. When that standard is applied to the whole country, wouldn’t it be imperative to implement a Uniform Civil Code?
Plague upon ignorance, upon misinformation and its perpetrators.