By: Settu Shankar
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Seeking to take off the wind of criticism for his anti-Ram Remarks, DMK Supremo and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday said he is not at all against Ram. For Karunanithi Ram is just a human prince and said even late Rajaji, who had authored a book on Ram, had stated that Ram was a human prince and he did not attach any divinity with Ram.
Karunanidhi, while distributing state film awards for 2005 and 2006, referred to the remarks made by superstar Rajnikanth that he (Karunanidhi) should initiate efforts to talk to north Indian politicians to find an amicable solution to complete the Ram Sethu project without any delay.
In the foreword in his book 'Chakravarthy Thirumagan' (son of an emperor) Rajaji has said that Ramayana was an epic and not history. History was registered by the authors, but epics are creating by us for our own pleasure! Ramayanam is an epic. On the basis of this concept, Rajaji described Rama as a human prince who did good work for the society..."
"I have nothing against Rama and will welcome the good work done by him. In fact I never object Sethu Project, if it will come to a reality even in the name of Rama. Take the case of Krishna Project. I never objected this project just because of its title 'Krishna', the other name of Rama. My colleagues Durai Murugan and Stalin approached Sai Baba, seeking his help to complete the project..."
Rajini has always been a true believer and known for his divine visits to the Himalayas. Mentioning this in his speech, Karunanithi says: "Behalf of Tamil people I requested Rajini to make efforts to convince North Indian leaders and Saadhus that I'm not against Ram or the feelings of Hindus about Ram. You should please know the fact that my leader's name is also Ramasamy!"
Asserting that the BJP government headed by then Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee had implemented the Sethu project, the Chief Minister said that then BJP ministers including S.Thirunavukkarasar cleared the project.
"Whether it be the DMK, AIADMK or the Left parties, all have mentioned in their various poll manifestos that the project would lead to the development of the state," he said.