‘Faith of millions cannot be doubted’
According to Venugopal even if Ram Setu is presumed to be a natural structure, it still should be declared as an ancient monument, reports Bhadra Sinha.Updated: May 02, 2008, 02:32 IST
If millions of people believe in the existence of God, their faith cannot be questioned. Similarly, if 800 million Indians strongly believe that Lord Rama constructed Ram Setu, nobody can question this faith, argued senior advocate KK Venugopal while opposing the Sethusamudram project before the Supreme Court on Thursday.
Submitting on behalf of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, Venugopal said, “One cannot prove whether God is there or not. It’s a matter of faith. The court cannot ask us to prove it. Even faith cannot be proved. Therefore, if people believe that Ram Setu is a place of worship, it should be accepted as their faith and belief in God.”
The senior advocate said just like it is a matter of faith that Christ was crucified in Golgotha Hills in Jerusalem and needs no verification, a similar belief and religious faith of 800 million Hindus are attached to ‘Rama Setu’.
According to Venugopal even if Ram Setu is presumed to be a natural structure, it still should be declared as an ancient monument. “It is established that on the other side of the Setu people were living. In the ancient times this bridge was used to cross over from Sri Lanka to India. Therefore, it is a part of our cultural heritage. And, as per the law governing ancient monuments, the structure should be declared as ancient,” he told the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan.
The bench is hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the Sethusamudram project.