Republic of Singapore

Singapore is lying 137 km north of the equator, south of Malaysia and north of Riau Islands of Indonesia. Singapore is a small state with 710, 2 sq km and is only bigger than Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.

Tamasek is the earliest known reference to present Singapore and was an early settlement of people who had trading relations with China. Then came it under the control of Sumatra based Srivijaya Empire. One of the Srivijaya leaders thought that he saw a lion during a thunderstorm and so the name “Singapura” or “the City of the Lion”. In the 16th century Singapore came to the Sultan of Johur and was under the control of it until the British came.

Sir Stamford Raffles from the East Indian Company landed in Singapore on 29th January 1819 and signed a treaty with the Sultan of Johur to develop the island as a port for trade. In 1867 it became officially a part of the British Empire. It was William Farquhar, the administrator of Singapore who made it a strategic business and commercial centre.

In 1963, Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation and two years later it was expelled when the Prime Minister Lee Yuan Kew refused to allow special economic privileges for the Malays. Lee declared Singapore as a sovereign state on 9th August 1965.

Today Singapore is one of the most prosperous countries in the world with a per capita income which is on par with or better than many Western countries. It has the 4th rank according to IMF in 2008 next to Qatar, Luxembourg and Norway per capita. It remains a prominent and rich economic and commercial centre of the world.

Sethu Samudram Project

Ramar Bridge or Ram Setu or Adam’s Bridge starts as a chain of shoals from the Dhanuskodi tip of Rameshwaram Island and ends at Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. Whoever may have the right, important is we should not disturb the ecology and the unique flora and fauna of this area. We have to dig a canal starting from well below Kilakarai to well above Devipattinam.

Setu Samudram shipping canal project has been approved by the Government of India. We change only the route and get the benefit for the emerging Super Power India.

A rich and welfare state in and around Rameswaram Island will be golden eggs laying duck for India in all the ways. It will be then accepted everybody and is good for India. It is good to be convinced with knowledge, but there is no evolution without further thinking and accepting the reality.

I would say both, the people for and against the Ramar Bridge are good and make a full stop to their controversies here. All Indians must take the responsibility to do something to make this dream true.

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