Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A lot has happened on the Ram-Sethu controversy since the last post.

Jairam Ramesh has expressed his "opinion"(desire ??) that Ms. Amibika Soni resign over the goof-up.

Karunanidhi wants to know which Engg college did Sri Ram graduate from.(Maybe from the SriRam College of Engg., he was such a bright student that they named the college after him).
What Karunanidhi does not realise is that India is a democracy and that if the majority supports a belief then the question of logical or illogical becomes invalid.

The saffron brigade want the government to offer an unconditional public apology.

The government is reconsidering its stand on the whole issue, because of the religious sentiments of the people (also, that the polls are close).

However, Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar suggests that the apparent economic benifit of demolishing the bridge is a mere mirage.

One striking point in the article is the claim that the actual distance that the ships will actually gain only 70 nm and not 215, as the govt claims (Ofcourse, the vercaity of either of the claims is disputable). It was actually unclear to me as to why were all the maps of the reduction in distance simliar to the one below. Was the distnace being calculated = The big red line - the small black one??? Whereas, the actual calculation should have been done on the basis of the actual path traced by the ships.

This brings me to the next question, where do these journalists get these pics from ? Was is given by an official government agency (which would mean that the attempt to misguide was delibrate) or were all the news agencies mess up the whole pictrial description on their own (actually, that is quite possible).

Whatever be the case, the govt should re-consider issue and verify the actual economic benefit of the project before Lord Ram decides to support BJP for the coming elections.


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