I don’t know how judges and lawyers are able to talk of Rama having destroyed a superman-made structure using his magical bow and arrow and still maintain their sanity. If we really have to consider faith each time we do something, everything from mining to drilling should be banned because we are damaging God’s planet. There is a difference between building a dam that will send Benares and all its temples under water and building a canal that cuts through a part of the bridge or setu or whatever. But who is going to convince the Hindu right about this.
As long as there is no material damage to the area’s ecosystem and the project is not a financial white elephant, I really don’t care what happens to the bridge, and I think most people would feel that way. The BJP vs DMK fight is one between some (rabidly faithful) Aryans and some (rabidly atheist) Dravidians. That is the whole point. Swaminathan Aiyar once wrote an open letter to Ashok Singhal where he said “now, I also cannot understand your theory that Ram was born at the very spot where the Babri Masjid once stood…” Maybe Advani should write a letter to Karunanidhi asking him why he wants to build a canal at the exact same spot where Rama built his bridge. He could always suggest a Panama canal like alternative – an inland canal – which the next BJP government could pay for. I don’t think devotees both within and outside India will mind donating a few billion dollars to the “Ram Setu Protection Fund”. Or will they?