On 13-Dec-2017 In People & Politics
A groundbreaking video has brought in light one of the most controversial topics of our country once again: the Ram Setu bridge. There have been various theories and debates around the Ram Setu bridge with politcians making it into a religious debate.Main questions surrounding this bridge are: Is Ram Setu a man-made stone bridge? Is there any scientific evidence that supports the idea of a 'Ram Setu', the bridge that was built by the Vanara Sena?Well, an American television network, Science Channel owned by Discovery Communications today posted a video that has sure made the politicians happy. Here's why:
Science Channel owned by Discovery Communications claims that the Ram Setu bridge also called Adam's Bridge, did exist.
The video gives out many hints about the Ram Setu bridge with images from NASA, and scientists and geologists from Indiana University Northwest, University of Colorado Boulder, and Southern Oregon University stating that it was man-made.
Ram Setu is said to be 50 km long and connects Pamban Island near Rameshwaram in India and Mannar Island off Sri Lanka. It has been a topic of debate since the UPA-1 government introduced the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal project in 2005.
When the UPA-1 government wanted the area to be excavated for the project, the BJP-led NDA brought up the mythological importance of the bridge. According to mythological tales, it is believed that Ram Setu is the bridge built by Lord Ram along with his vanara sena when he had to rescue Sita from Ravana.
Soon, the UPA-I government filed an affidavit in Supreme Court saying there was no confirmation that Ram Setu was a place of worship but later took the same back. However, now this TV show promo says that the stones in the satellite picture are placed on something the oceanographers call a shore or sandbar.
“The rocks on top of the sand actually predate the sand, so there is more to this story,” said Chelsea Rose, historical archaeologist and adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University.
"While the sandbar is only 4,000 years old, the rocks on top of it are 7,000 years old," the show claims.
“This isn’t simple sandbar, there are objects that haven’t been eroded away,” says a scientist.
“There are stone that have been brought from far and set on top of the sand bar in the island chain. How these stones got here is a mystery. These results suggest the structure in the satellite image is not natural but built by humans. Some scholars believe the ancient text referred to a time 5000 years ago. At this point in history, building such a long bridge would have been a super human achievement,” the show says.