Much of what I’m going to say here has been said a million times elsewhere, so I’ll keep this quick and short.
So we can’t prove the existence of Maryadha Purushottam Ram. So he never existed. The Ramayana and Mahabharata are fairytales suitable only to make megaserials and cartoons from. Hindus are a bunch who Worship False Gods, a heathen lot, perpetrating inequality by establishing and strictly following a caste system.
Hinduism is a stumbling block on the Nation’s way to progress. The idolaters won’t even let nation-building activities (Never mind that the Sethusamudram project would at max let only small ships and vessels pass via Ramar Sethu, that inland transportation is easier and cheaper by road than by sea, and that it would increase the risk of tsunamis hitting the west coast, and the costs of the project would outweigh the benefits) take place successfully by citing their religious beliefs. When will they ever learn? How many more years before the brainwashing that starts from kindergarten will completely work with no exceptions?
Thank heavens we have photography. Otherwise maybe Hitler would have been remembered by future generations as a genial man driven to suicide by the rest of the world.
It feels like the humble beginnings of 1984. How much longer before the government has a Department of Misinformation which works tirelessly at modifying previous years’ data so as to make us believe, or rather understand, that we have made progress, we are always making progress?
Seriously speaking, would anyone even hear of razing down the Wailing Wall for a new superhighway? Or dispute the existence of Jesus Christ? Or of Virgin Birth?
Update: A considerable amount of literature survey has gone into the writing of this post. It tests my patience to have to go back again to square 1 to explain the whole Ram-Kahaani (excuse the expression) again to every ill-informed person, so here are a few fundae clarifying my position on the issue, and WHAT I am writing about, and what meaning each sentence holds/ is supposed to convey.
- To start with, the basic premise is, this is not an economically feasible project. So no response will be given to people who talk about “for the sake of economic progress”. Your point is simply not valid, not worth arguing about. And it’s too surface-level; you can use this for your primarySchool debate, or while having chai with like-minded pals.
- Another concern is the ecological concern. I suggest readers read this article before saying another word.
- My issue is not about whether Ram existed or didn’t. Who is to say he did? Or didn’t? There is considerable debate about whether Lady Godiva existed, whether William Tell existed, or whether Romeo and Juliet were for real or what… or for that matter, whether Shakespeare really existed or was the pen-name of someone else… all that is lost to the mists of time.
- So what am I arguing about if not any of the above? Well, it is this: in spite of the project being shown as non-feasible, and rather detrimental to the country’s progress, they are choosing to ignore this. They have gone as far to hurt the beliefs of a large section of the society. The same government which does not hesitate to ban Satanic Verses, or The Da Vinci Code goes about making statements such as this, in complete violation of Section 295(a) [Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.]. My issue is with the fact that this is a gross miscarriage of justice, of the spirit of secularism, and applying of double standards. It is a sad thing for India if the spirit and faith of the majority of its population is being broken to pieces and no one’s even noticing. To hell with pseudosecularists. No.. wait.. that’s where they originally came from!
- As for Holocaust and 1984, it is commonly said that the path to the Holocaust was paved with apathy. No one realized what was happening. It was “somebody else’s problem”, and people were taken in with Hitler’s words on ethnic cleansing, and really believed there was a “Jewish Problem”, which merited a “Final Solution”. At the beginning, Jews had to wear yellow Stars of David. It all started with something so insignificant. Students in school had a subject called Racial Science where they learnt about how Aryan race is superior to Semitic races. Every single thing in schools reeked of anti-semitism [“Number six, shaped like a Jew’s nose”… that sort of thing]. While it all seemed insignificant, harmless little things, all together, they gave Jews themselves an idea of what they were, and the Jews themselves began to believe all that that was said about their inferior race, and some even went willingly. Only after WWII ended, and only because of the media attention and media portraying the whole operation negatively do we have such an idea about this. If most people today read Hitler’s propaganda, they would be quite taken in, too!