“Ram is as big a lie as the Himalayas and the Ganga are true,” an unrelenting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi asserted here on Thursday. He was asked by a reporter to respond to Union Law Minister’s observation that “If Himalaya is Himalaya, Ganga is Ganga then Ram is Ram.”
Rejecting BJP leader LK Advani’s appeal to withdraw his remarks questioning the existence of Ram, Karunanidhi insisted Ramayana was just a fictitious story like the many he himself had written and Ram was purely a fictional character.
When asked about Advani’s remarks that while miracles of religious icons like Jesus, Moses or the Prohpet have been questioned but never their existence, the DMK veteran once more leaned on Jawaharlal Nehru for his defence claiming the present “defenders of Ram were no bigger authority on history than Nehru who had described Ramayana as a mere story aimed at imposing Aryan supremacy on Dravidians.”
“Valmiki has called Rama a drunkard, who regularly used to drink intoxicants,” the DMK Chief alleged. “Let Advani read Valmiki and come. I am prepared for a debate with him on this,” he dared. Karunanidhi argued that there was nothing wrong in repeating what has already been written, so there was no question of hurting anyone’s religious sentiments.
Advani, in his press meet at Chennai, just a few minutes earlier had wondered if the Centre by withdrawing the affidavit on Ram Setu, was also party to the conspiracy to halt the Sethusamudram project.