Monday, June 27, 2005


Sethusamudram Vs Indo Sri Lanka Bridge

The below article clearly demonstrates the compromise made by the Central government to pander to petty regional politics.

While Delhi lets Chennai write its Lanka policy, China scripts new chapter
China to build Lanka’s port while India flaunts ‘divisive’ canal project

NEW DELHI, June 1 As India allows Tamil Nadu politicians to exercise a veto over its Sri Lanka policy and squanders the opportunities for enhanced strategic cooperation with Colombo, China is stepping in.
India, which had earlier killed a Sri Lankan proposal for a land bridge between the two countries, has now added insult to injury by sanctioning a project to dredge a shipping canal to deepen the chasm, both physical and metaphorical, between the two countries.
China, in contrast, has begun to assist Colombo to build a new world class port in the southern part of the island nation at Hambantota. While New Delhi is prepared to sacrifice the gains from economic integration with Colombo in order to appease Chennai, China is drawing Sri Lanka to the centre of its maritime strategy in the Indian Ocean.
In her talks with the Indian leaders tomorrow, the visiting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga would surely want to know if India has any long-term vision for strategic cooperation with her nation. India has justified the Sethusamudram project in the name of shortening the distance between her eastern and western coasts and avoiding the circumnavigation of the island.
In contrast, China is taking a strategic view of Sri Lanka’s geopolitical location across the shipping lanes of the Indian Ocean and is putting up money for the construction of a bunkering facility and oil tank farm at Hambantota. To be sure, India’s unbelievable short-sightedness on Sri Lanka appears to have strong bipartisan support in New Delhi.
It was the BJP-led coalition that sat on the proposal from Colombo to build a rail and road links between Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu and Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. The Congress-led coalition has now gone one step further by rushing to clear the Sethusamudram project. Both decisions were shaped by Chennai.
The land-bridge project, which was backed by the Asian Development Bank, would have provided an efficient transport corridor between the ports and road networks of Sri Lanka and southern India. Sri Lanka was also urging India to allow the development of Colombo into a major transshipment hub for South Indian commerce.
If Sri Lanka was looking at cooperative prosperity with India through sub-regional economic integration, Delhi has chosen to protect the parochial interests of Tamil Nadu. Unlike Bangladesh, which has not stopped protesting the controversial Indian river-linking project and Pakistan, which has whipped up concerns about Indian dam building in Kashmir, Sri Lanka has chosen to avoid a public spat with India on the Sethusamudram project.
But the issue is unlikely to disappear from the bilateral agenda. While Indian officials had informed authorities in Colombo last month about the impending decision on Sethusamudram, the project and its underlying premises are of profound concern for Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile China’s Huanqiu Engineering Corp has bagged the contract to develop Hambantota facility. Chinese economic assitance will pay for ten oil tanks and four pipelines at Hambantota. This infrastructure will help Sri Lanka to service the hundreds of ships that ply every week the sea lanes just south of the island.
Probably anticipating the inevitable Indian protests, Sri Lanka’s ports and aviation minister Mangala Samaraweera said last month that Colombo is determined to move ahead on Hanmbantota despite ‘‘vested interests’’ which had scuttled the project in the past. New Delhi can surely complain; but it has no one but itself to blame.


Ram Karmabhoomi - Diabolical move to destroy Rama's heritage

The determined moves made by the Central Government to build the Sethusamudaram canal by cutting across Rama's Bridge (also called the Adams Bridge) has far-reaching implications and detrimental effects for all Hindus:
  1. The priceless heritage in the form of Rama's Bridge (also called Adams Bridge) is to be removed altogether.
  2. Rameshwaram, which is one of the holiest locations for Hindus, will get submerged like Dhanushkodi, which got submerged in the 1960s and like Poompuhar, which got submerged in the Sangam period.
  3. Just like some of the classical Greek and Egyptian treasures and heritage are being excavated in the West from below the sea, there is a strong possibility for excavation of the Poompuhar heritage. But this will be lost if the Sethusamudaram canal comes up.
  4. Destroying the barrier between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea is likely to result in severe climatic changes such that the very pattern of monsoon rainfall in India could get altered for the worse. Does not the spirit of Hinduism enjoin us to live in harmony with nature, rather than play with it and jeopardise the very future of Bharatvarsha?
  5. In the assessment of Dr.T.S.Murty, leading tsunami expert, the project could cause a tsunami with drastic consequences for the entire shoreline extending from Dhanushkodi to Ernakulam, and from the Delft Island to Colombo.
  6. And the icing on the cake is that the Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister, Shri.T.R. Baalu has roped in Islamic forces represented by the Suez Canal Authority, headquartered in Islamia, Egypt to provide collaboration in demolishing the Adams Bridge and to build the canal like the Suez Canal.

Anti-Hindu Forces

The range of forces that are working to expedite the Sethusamudaram project are:
  1. DMK, PMK, MDMK and other pro-LTTE parties that are part of the UPA government.
  2. West European forces.
  3. Atheist forces like the communists.

Why are they doing so?

The Dravidian national parties from Tamil Nadu have been making it out that the Sethusamudaram canal is going to shower prosperity on Tamil Nadu through increase in coastal shipping trade and by making the Tuticorin port as a hub port for container traffic in place of Colombo. Both these claims are far-fetched and the completion of the canal is unlikely to materialise into these promises.

The real reason in that is the LTTE does not want the proposed India-Sri Lanka rail/road bridge to come up, as proposed by the Sri Lanka government. LTTE and the pro-LTTE parties are keen to bring in the Sethu canal to scuttle the Indo-Lanka bridge. This has been confirmed in various statements by the LTTE and its sympathisers, like Vaiko of MDMK. A senior LTTE functionary, V. Balakumaran said, “If a bridge were built between Talaimannar in Sri Lanka and Rameswaram in India, it would ruin our culture,''. He added that by opposing it, Ms Jayalalithaa has "come to the rescue of our culture''. The Tamil Nadu CM had opposed the bridge on the ground that the LTTE would bring terrorism to Tamil Nadu.

The West European forces represented by the Dutch and Belgian dredging contractors-who are world leaders in dredging-are only going to be too happy to get paid in millions of dollars from the Government of India to destroy Rama's Bridge and dig out 8 million cubic metres of bhoomadevi.

The BJP is also likely to remain a mute spectator in all this because of its indebtedness to George Fernandes and Vaiko. The BJP is yet to realise that pandering to the demands of George Fernandes, Vaiko and Karunanidhi, like repeal of POTA, is only likely to leave the BJP and the Hindu society with only a wooden spoon.

Ram Janmabhoomi vs Ram Karmabhoomi
The BJP cannot remain a mute witness or even a silent collaborater in the destruction of Rama's priceless heritage in Ram Karmabhoomi, i.e. Tamil Nadu.Therefore, my posers to the guardians of the Hindu faith are:
  1. Would you allow the destruction of Rama's 1.75 million-year-old bridge by Islamic and atheist forces?
  2. Is Rama's birthplace more important than Rameshwaram and Rama's Bridge which is of not just religious significance, but is more historically proven?
  3. Is the south Indian part of Rama's heritage not important to the Sangh Parivar?
If the Sangh Parivar comes up with the right approach, then this Sethusamudaram canal project can be transformed into a Ram Karmabhoomi mass movement like the Ayodhya project. Such a mass movement can catapult Hindu forces into power in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Already in the southernmost districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala - Nagercoil and Thiruvananthapuram - the BJP has been very strong and is very likely to win in the near future. With a Ram Karmabhoomi movement, the entire states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu can be swept as in the Karnataka Lok Sabha elections. It would be pertinent for the Sangh Parivar to note that the political landscape in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is totally bankrupt and is in a state of vacuum which can be occupied by the Hindu forces.I hope the guardians of the Hindu faith would seize the opportunity and
  1. Preserve Rama's priceless heritage.
  2. Save Mother India from ecological destruction.


Statement of Values

At the outset I would like to clarify the values that we stand for:
  1. Reform of Indian society through equal access to prosperity, dignity and justice.
  2. Conservation of India's cultural, historical heritage and natural environment.
  3. Harmony and coexistance between all religious and social denominations.
  4. Dissemination of India's message to willing subscribers.

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