Indian SC tells Modi Govt:Reveal clear stand on Ram Setu Demolish or protect?

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By 2017-11-14

The Indian Supreme Court (SC) yesterday (13) asked the Indian Government to clear its stand on the Ram Setu case within six weeks.

The top Court asked the Government to file an affidavit on if they want to remove the Ram Setu or protect it.

The Ram Sethu is a continuous stretch of limestone shoals that runs from the Pamban Island near Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu to the Mannar Island off the northern coast of Sri Lanka. Geological evidence suggests that in the Ice Age, the stretch used to be a land connection between India and Sri Lanka, reports Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Hindus believe that the Ram Setu is the same structure that Lord Rama and his army of apes and monkeys built to reach demon king Ravana's Lanka.

Responding to the SC order, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy said that they were 'happy that today the SC had directed that an affidavit be filed in six weeks by the Union Government on when they will decide whether the Ram Setu will be a heritage monument.

Earlier, the top Court had refused an urgent hearing on Swamy's plea seeking clarification from the Central Government on the Ram Setu issue.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) is scheduled to conduct a pilot project in November to 'ascertain' if the Ram Setu was built naturally or was man-made.

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