There is no proof that he did, says the Archaeological Survey of India. The Director in charge of monuments, C. Dorjee, has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court of India, which states:
... the mythological texts of Ramayana formed an important part of ancient Indian literature, but [which] cannot be said to be historical record to incontrovertibly prove the existence of the characters, or the occurrence of the events, depicted therein ...
Of course, not. Ramayana is as much a proof of existence of Ram or Sita, as Iliad is a proof of existence of Apollo or Athena. I applaud Mr. Dorjee, who, as a representative of the Government of India, has taken that country a step closer to a secular democracy that it is not. Having filed an affidavit in the highest court in the country, I don't think the UPA government can wiggle out of this now with "it's his personal opinion, yada yada", do you?
May we now look forward to the day when the State of India declares that the Bible and the Koran cannot be said to incontrovertibly prove the existence of god or allah? By implication, Jesus, of course, cannot be the son of a god but only of Joseph and Mary, born of sexual union between the two. And, Koran is at best the words of Mohammad, who was a mere mortal like you and me, and not an infallible messenger of this so called allah that does not exist.
When can we expect the ban on the Satanic Verses by Sir Salman Rushdie to be lifted, and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Rajasekhara Reddy, to apologize to Dan Brown for banning the film, Da Vinci Code?
The Government of India is to withdraw its affidavit on Ram, according to the Economic Times. So much for my hope for a secular India; one step closer, two steps farther. Sad!