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Culture ministry cleared affidavit, says ASI

C Dorjee, director (monuments), of ASI say the controversial affidavit on the Sethusamundram project had been cleared by the Legal Cell of the Ministry of Culture, reports Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2007 01:52 IST
Satyen Mohapatra

C Dorjee, director (monuments), of the Archaeological Survey of India, said on Thursday that the controversial affidavit on the Sethusamundram project that he had filed before the apex court, had been cleared by the Legal Cell of the Ministry of Culture.

The affidavit filed by the government had led to a widespread protest for questioning the historical veracity of facts depicted in the Ramayana and dismissing those as part of mythological text.

The affidavit said that the mythology, which forms an important part of ancient Indian literature cannot be considered as a historical record to prove the existence of the characters and occurrences of the events depicted therein.