Dr Swamy urges PM Modi to declare Rama Sethu as National Heritage Monument – Team PGurus

Subramanian Swamy & Narendra Modi

PGURUSShipping Minister Nitin Gadkari supported Swamy’s case and agreed to declare Rama Sethu as National Heritage Monument. The million dollar question is why for the past two years PM Narendra Modi has sat on this file to declare Rama Sethu as National Heritage Monument? – Team PGurus

“As we are approaching the date of announcement of the General Election to the Lok Sabha and onset of the Model Code, I wish to draw your attention to the two pending decisions for the Government which have great attractive value for the people of India,” said Swamy. The second demand was the formation of Administrative Development Council in Coorg, which is the long-standing demand of the Kodava community.

“The first is the long pending reply of the Government to my Writ Petition in the Supreme Court in which Notice to Government had been issued, on my Prayer seeking to declare Rama Sethu as a national Heritage Monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act.

“This Prayer meets the criteria laid down in the said Act in Section 2 and that your ministerial colleague Dr Mahesh Sharma (Minister for Culture) confirmed this to me, stating that the decision is for the Cabinet to make. Therefore I urge you that there should be no further delay in making the announcement that Government has decided to give recognition to the Rama Sethu as a National Heritage Monument,” said Swamy expressing his displeasure on the delay from the Prime Minister’s part.

No Minister comes out smelling of roses

The Rama Sethu case involves a lot of grey area when it was started a shipping channel project (Sagar Mala) during the first NDA government during Atal Behari Vajpayee’s tenure. That time the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) was an ally of the BJP-led Government and DMK was planning a lot of business interests in the new shipping channel by breaking the ecologically sensitive and religiously important Rama Setu. It was the then Shipping Minister Arun Jaitley who signed off on this controversial project. During the UPA regime, Shipping Minister and DMK leader T.R. Baalu went ahead with Sethu Samudram Project and inaugurated the Rs 8000 crores project to break the Rama Sethu to create a shipping channel.

This was stopped by the Supreme Court due to the intervention petition of Subramanian Swamy. During the UPA period, the opposition BJP also opposed the breaking of Rama Sethu, when the entire country rose in protest. Shipping Minister T.R. Baalu exposed the role of BJP’s Shipping Minister’s complicity during NDA regime. He produced documents in Parliament showing the signatures in files approved by NDA’s Shipping Ministers starting from Arun Jaitley, Ved Prakash Goyal, Tirunavakkarasu and Shatrughan Sinha. The BJP MPs were stunned to see this expose by the Shipping Minister Baalu in the Parliament. At the end, Subramanian Swamy won the case by collapsing the ulterior motive to break Rama Sethu.

The above-mentioned incidents expose the complicity of business interests by shippers and connivance of politicians, cutting across party lines when money was thrown by the shipping barons from South India.

When the BJP Government came back to power in 2014, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari totally supported Swamy’s case and agreed to declare Rama Sethu as National Heritage Monument and wound up the entire project, mooted by DMK in 1999. Ministry of Culture cleared the files for the declaration and it is now waiting for the Prime Minister’s clearance for the declaration through a Cabinet decision. But the million dollar question is why for the past two years Narendra Modi sat on this file to declare Rama Sethu of Lord Rama as National Heritage Monument? – PGurus, 26 February 2019

Ram Sethu: Rama's causeway to Sri Lanka

Ram Sethu

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  1. Dr Subramanian Swamy & PM Narendra Modi

    Subramanian Swamy’s poser to PM Modi: Why the delay in declaring Ram Setu a national heritage monument? – Financial Express – New Delhi -3 Jan 2019

    Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy today questioned the central government over the delay in declaring Ram Setu as a national heritage monument.

    Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Swami wrote: “Why is the Namo Govt resisting or delaying Ram Setu being recognised as a National Heritage Monument under Section 2 of the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Remains & Sites Act ( 1958) despite SC Notice to Govt on my WP of 2007(sic)?”

    Ram Setu, also known as Adam’s bridge, is a chain of limestone shoals between Pamban or Rameswaram Island off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu and Mannar Island on the north-western coast of Sri Lanka.

    It holds special importance to Hindus as in the epic Ramayana, the Rama Setu (Adam’s Bridge) was constructed by the ‘Vanara army’ to rescue Sita who was being held captive by Ravana.

    Swamy had written a letter to Prime Minister’s Office to declare Ram Setu as a National Heritage Monument but the Government of India is yet to make an announcement on this. A petition filed by him is currently pending in Supreme Court.

    As per the letter retweeted by Rajya Sabha MP, the Ministry of Culture has informed that they are waiting for the approval of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Swamy then put up the question on delay directly to PM Modi.

    The BJP leader had earlier demanded that Ram Setu be declared as a national monument in his PIL against the controversial Sethusamudram Ship Channel project initiated by the UPA-I government. The issue reached the apex court and in the year 2007, and work on the project was stayed.

    Besides political parties, the controversial Sethusamudram Ship Channel project has evoked sharp protests from many environmentalists as well. The project involves an 83 km-long deep water channel to be built and linking Mannar with Palk Strait. This will involve extensive dredging and removal of the limestone shoals.

    The apex court had on November 13, 2017 given six weeks to the government to clear its stand on the Ram Setu. It had also told Swamy that he was free to approach the court if the Centre’s response was not filed.

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