Setu-Ram ! Scrap the Setu project. Enshrine Ramayana in peoples'
hearts and celebrate coastal people with Marine Economic Zones.
This note is about three events.
Ramayana Exhibition at the British Library
Release of a book titled, 'Ramayana – around the world – a living
legend' by Ravi Kumar
MuKa's birthday poem of self-eulogy but lamenting on Setu project and
naming Setu-Ram !
I will talk about the book published on May 30, 2008. Publisher:
Bharatiya Itihas Sankalana Samiti, Kokan Prant, Mumbai. Price Rs. 100.
This book should be translated into all languages of the world and
adorn the library of every child.
The Table of Contents:
The Timeless Tale
The universal relevance of Ramayan
Ramayan scriptures in South East Asian languages
Ramayana in the West
Ramayana in Islamic Countries
Ramayana in Indonesia: Islam is our religion but Ramayana is our culture
Indonesia Ramayan presented in open air theatres
Ramayan in Malaysia: we rule in the name of Ram's Paduka
Ramayan among the Muslims of Philippines
Persian and Arabic Ramayan
The borderless appeal of Ramayan
Influence of Ramayan in Asia Countries
Influence of Ramayan in Cambodia
Influence of Ramayan in Thailand
Ramayana the National Epic of Thailand
Influence of Ramayan in Burma
Influence of Ramayan in Laos
Weyang Kulit or South East Asian Puppet shows
Ramayan in Vietnam
Ramayan in Japan
Award winning animated Ramayan
Japanese interest in Ramayan
Ramayan in Mongolia, Tibet, Korea, Siberia
Sri Lanka and Nepal
Ramayan in Bharat
Indian contemporary versions
The popularity of Ramayana
Rama Nawami celebrations of People of Indian origin
International Ramayana Conferences
Modern Ram Setus
Important Ramayan Names depending on foreign versions
Lord Ram did exist
Why Lord Ram will not appear now
Diwali festival around the world
Significance of Easster to Hindus
Pre-Christian origin of Christmas and Easter
Anecdotes on Ramayan from Panchamritam
Ramayan in computer language
Ramayan in Sri Lanka
The Ramayana Exhibition at the British Library
(16 May-14 September 2008)
In ancient India sage Valmiki told the story of prince Rama in the
epic Ramayana in Sanskrit, consisting of 24000 verses. Traditionally
Hindus believe that Lord Rama lived in Treta Yuga, one of the four
Yugas (aeons) namely Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali.
The Ramayana exhibition was formally opened on Thursday 15 May 2008 by
Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar the Maharana of Udaipur. The Mewar Maharana
family dynasty is over 1200 years old.
The Ramayana was a favourite subject for Rajsthani painters of 17th
century. Illustrated Ramayana manuscripts were prepared between
1649-1653 for Rana Jagat Singh of Mewar in his court studio at
Udaipur. Maharana Bhim Singh presented the manuscripts to Colonel
James Tod, author of Annals and Antiquities of Rajsthan in 1820. The
British Museum Library acquired the manuscripts in 1844.
The exhibition covers the story of prince Rama in 12 episodes starting
from his boyhood, marriage, exile, search for his lost wife princess
Sita, concluding with her recovery following the slaying of the demon
In the autumn of 2007 I was delighted to learn from the British
Library that a Ramayana exhibition was planned for May - September
2008, thanks to the Chairman Sir Colin Lucas, his team and especially
Jerry Losty, curator of the British Library and former head of Prints,
Drawings and Photographs also at the British Library.
The exhibition is well worth a visit.
Dr Rishi Agarwal
Representative - Hindu Heritage
Hindu Council UK
Note : Hindu Council UK (HCUK) is the foremost and largest national
network of the Hindu temple bodies and cultural organisations
co-ordinating all different schools of Hindu theology within the UK.
HCUK is the representative umbrella body for the British Hindu issues
for which a UK wide mandate was received during a two year
consultation with the British Hindu public culminating in its launch
in November 1994.
HCUK Admin Office:Boardman House, 64 The Broadway, London E15 1NG.
T: 020 8432 0400 W: www.hinducounciluk.org
Mu. Karunanidhi's birthday poem of self-eulogy
(translated from Tamil)
for his 85th birthday on 3 June 2008.
Made me a old-man reminding me that I am 85
But at the age of 8 plus 5, thirteen,
I pushed down the "Vedism" warning, "be at a distance, don't touch"!
There is no bar for becoming "Archaka" in temples
Enacted accordingly to act in the sanctum sanctorum of temples
For Periyar, it took 60 years to bring out such ideology, but
I implemented it as a service to him!
Not only for Dravidian bigwigs,
Even for common people daily we implement
What we swore as electioneering promises!
But still, I have one worry
My heart throbs as the dream of Kamaraj could not be fulfilled.
To fulfill that dream only,
we go on implement plans one by one targeting it.
Sethu-samutharam has been one of such wonderful dream-projects.
Lushness to dance in the land of chaste Tamil
Benefits accrue by the increase of trade
We do not have any other way!
Sethu-samuthram has been our historical necessity!
Without preventing it with trickery
Respecting my trembling voice,
As I worked for this land, language during my lifetime,
Instead of killing the project by telling the name of Ram,
I appeal on the day my birth as a message:
If you want name it "Sethu-Ram", do it!
This is my birth-day message for the country –
to live without any love or hate and for removal of fragility.