In a promo for its upcoming show, the channel quotes an archaeologist that the rocks on top of sand pre-date the sand.“This is what the BJP has been saying all along,” minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju said. His cabinet colleague and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hit out at the UPA government for an affidavit in the Supreme Court that had questioned the belief among Hindus that the land bridge was built by Lord Ram to reach then Lanka to rescue his wife Sita, as depicted in the epic Ramayana. The claim made in a new show of a US science channel that the ‘Ram Setu’ between India and Sri Lanka is man-made has reaffirmed the party’s stand on the issue, India’s ruling BJP said Wednesday, asserting that it believes in the existence of Lord Ram.“It is unfortunate that the Congress has always been apologetic when it came to respecting Hindu religion. I wish once and for all this debate (on Ram Setu) is settled. We should respect Ram Setu and no damage should be done to it,” Union minister Piyush Goyal told a press conference at the BJP headquarters. The BJP, Goyal said, is not apologetic about its love for Lord Ram and for the party functionaries he was an ideal human being.“A secular democratic framework allows each Indian to respect his religion. We are proud of our religion and we are proud of every religion in India,” he said, according to the Hindustan Times. “Those who filed the affidavit should explain now. The research has supported what the BJP has been claiming all along…The setu is part of our cultural heritage,” Prasad told reporters.
Senior goalie Greg Dutton guards the net during a game against Penn State March 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 11-8. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan Robey / For The LanternReturning home to Columbus might be exactly what the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team needs.Currently on a three-game losing streak, OSU (1-5, 0-0) is set to take on the Bellarmine Knights (4-2, 0-2) in the first of a three-game home stand inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday night.Last weekend, the Buckeyes traveled west to Colorado as they took on the No. 5 Denver Pioneers in a rematch of the 2013 ECAC tournament championship game.Despite being tied with the Pioneers at the half, OSU struggled to score late in the game and walked away with the loss, 9-5, its fifth in six games this season.OSU coach Nick Myers said his team has grown from each game, and for them, it’s about making adjustments in order to turn the recent losses into wins.“Our record is what it is, we’ve come up short in some tough games and I think we have learned from some of those situations.” Myers said. “It’s staying the course, obviously cleaning up things that we feel like can be improved upon, developing some of our younger attack guys, and hopefully getting guys back in the lineup sooner rather than later.”Louisville, Ky.-based Bellarmine is a team heading in the same direction as OSU. After starting the season 4-0, the Knights have struggled since entering conference play.Following two close losses at the hands of Michigan and Air Force, Bellarmine dropped to 0-2 in the ECAC, but Myers said the team cannot be taken lightly.“Right now, we are focused on Bellarmine,” Myers said. “It is specific to our conference, our goals, which are tied to qualifying for the conference tournament. Friday is an opportunity to take a step in the right direction.”Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said OSU has to fight in order for it to be where it wants to be come the end of the season.“Right now at this point of the season, we are fighting for our lives,” Meurer said. “Every game, we are going in with the mentality that it is going to be a battle. In our conference, every team has shown that they are capable of beating anyone.”The Buckeyes on the season are averaging about 8.2 goals per game, a number that will need to go up Friday against a Bellarmine team that puts up 10.3 goals per game.Offensively, the Buckeyes have had contributions from all over the field, including junior midfielder Turner Evans and junior attackman Reegan Comeault. Evans is currently leading the team with 10 assists and Comeault, who only scored five points last season, currently has 11 this season.Game time is set for 7 p.m. Friday.