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Gold or no gold: Wait and watch
Many a time when there is a good news beyond our expectations, we just say it is dream come true. However, many a time we say that we never could think of so and so in our wildest dreams. But when it comes to the seer's dream of a hidden gold mine from the days of the first war of independence in 1857 and appearance of King Rao Ram Baksh Singh in the same dream sequence and talking to the said seer, Shobhan Sarkar, one cannot but take it with a pinch of salt.

Raj Kapoor, the world famous show man of yester years was also fond of shooting and screening dream sequences in his famous movies. Awara was indeed a hit and the dream sequence was well enacted by Raj Kapoor and Nargis, the eternal lovers on celluloid, made the movie a money spinner in the early fifties.

Many class mates of mine in the undergraduate class at the Allahabad university loved to brag about making the cinema hall, showing Awara, their second home. I must hasten to add that some of them fell a prey to calf love and some chose to remain in their own dream world where they found life more comfortable than in the real world.

Seer saw a dream and the ASI (Archaelogical Survey of India) chose to move to the site lock stock and barrel to start the operation dig for gold. However, their perfunctory surface survey did not adduce any conclusive evidence of the presence of gold to the tune of one thousand tons. The Director General of ASI said that it could be just a metal and not necessarily gold. Why this rush then, one may ask?

Well, the seer is getting good publicity as one who has a direct link with the supreme being and consequently enjoys super-natural powers. It is bound to attract large number of devotees to him and the resultant offerings need not be counted. Even the income tax sleuths will not go anywhere near the seer because the sleuths know that some ministers of government of India have blessed the operation gold rush.

The seer is safe, in fact safer than Swami Ramdev who is now on the war path exposing the black money of men and women who matter and are ensconced in plush offices of the south block and the north block, not forgetting the 10, Janpath.

What is remarkable about the gold digging operation by the ASI is their use of antiquated tools like the pick and shovel of the era that has slipped into history. Why the ASI has not brought modern machines to the god-forsaken village of Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh?

Well, the answer is simple. Ancient digging tools will take a long time to reach the depth of 20 meters where the gold was dumped by the King to thwart the Englishmen from grabbing it. It is understood that the King Rao Ram Baksh Singh was hanged by the East India company officers for raising the flag of revolt against the white man’s supremacy.

The local people vouchsafe that the wandering soul of the great patriot-martyr keeps a vigil on the hidden treasure. They also repose great faith in the words of wisdom of the said seer. 

Some economist have expressed their considered opinion that if the one thousand tonnes of gold is ever found that would really improve the economy of India that so called economists like Manmohan Singh, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, P. Chidambaram and their zing-bang failed to do.

Indeed theirs was a miserable failure. No wonder they are keeping mum over the matter and let the common man and the electronic media sail in the ocean of the dream world. They may have their sumptuous three meals a day which an average Indian earning twenty eight rupees per day and is declared to be above poverty line, cannot afford to have.

Let the dream sequence propped up by a godman carry on till the cows come home. The media, both print and electronics, as well as eternal critics of the opposition parties stand starry eyed at the prospect of having one thousand tons of gold in the chest of the Reserve Bank of India.

The rationalists have declined to join the bandwagon of the maddening crowd of gold diggers. They prophesy that all those engaged in this filmy fantasy would return home empty handed. Dreams are products of mere wishful thinking. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride them.

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