One of the largest Mayan pyramids dated to 250 BCE in Belize was destroyed by a construction company to use the stone for road fill. Belizean law guarantees government protection for Mayan ruins. Despite that fact, the destruction of ruins in Belize is a fairly common occurrence. Government in this case was forced to setup an inquiry due to vehement international protests. The protests show citizens around the world feel sensitive to relics from ancient cultures. But in today’s political climate only those with a financial interest seem to have the upper hand over ancient ruins.

The Ram Sethu controversy in India is a similar fight between those with a financial interest in destroying an ancient structure for a shortening a shipping route and those sensitive to preserving old artifacts. NASA satellites confirmed the local traditions of the Ram Sethu being a man made structure. The Ram Sethu structure has not been recognized by the Government of India as an ancient artifact despite the statement from NASA about the likely man made nature of the bridge. Using modern scientific tools, Bharat Gyan dates the Ram Sethu to 5076 BCE. A related book published by Bharat Gyan is an attempt to focus on historicity to bring more sanity to the controversy.

A majority of ancient structures get destroyed by people who do not feel a sense of connection with those that built the ancient structures. Sometimes it raises from not identifying genetically as a descendant of the ancient builders. Sometimes it raises from not identifying with the belief system held by the ancient builders. This is a wide spread phenomenon across the developing world whose educated masses feel that to distance themselves from their root is the best way to feel a part of progressive human beings. There has to be way to break this cycle.

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