Gold reveals character. How we employ it, and whether we link it to our self-esteem. When we get into the tricky terrain of gold dreams and gold hunts, however, our response is like a calling card. What we do is who we are.
Shobhan Sarkar is described as a seer from Unnao although he might merely be a man trying to figure out what he needs to do. He announced that he saw gold under a fort [in a dream].
Such a statement could have triggered a stampede in New York. In the regressive Uttar Pradesh of 2013, it embraced almost everyone.
After two weeks of digging we don’t have the gold. They’ve gone down 4.8 metres and are on the verge of giving up. But we do have a treasure trove of insights into some important people and institutions that we might link our fate to.
The gold we have is not the metal. At least not yet. The gold we have is the display of character.
First up, the irrepressible Narendra Modi.
Modi began promisingly. In a Chennai rally in mid-October, Modi was all logic: “The whole world is laughing at us over this bizarre exercise. Somebody had a dream and the government has launched an excavation.
The money hidden by thieves and looters of India in foreign banks is worth much more than 1,000 tonne of gold.
If you bring back that money, you won’t have to go digging for gold.” It made sense. It was the sort of scientific temperament that Jawaharlal Nehru often spoke of.
It was the kind of thinking that our Constitution says it is the duty of all Indians to promote – away from superstition.
But barely three days later, Modi sought to make up. He tweeted in Hindi and the translation in English roughly goes: “Lakhs of people have reposed faith in Shobhan Sarkar over the past many years. I salute his penance and renunciation.”
Why the surrender? Because Sarkar wrote Modi an angry letter asking a few questions. Sarkar raged: “Why did the then BJP-led government under AB Vajpayee not bring back black money from Swiss banks?
The amount of money being spent on branding you and your party, is the money white or black? You are being seen as the next prime minister of this country. The common man and the sant samaj want to know your views on some issues. I would like to invite you to a public debate.
“Ram Setu is an issue of faith with your party. Lord Ram himself asked Vibhishan to destroy the Ram Setu. You can verify this from Padma Purana. Today you are a votary of social media.
Will you make people remember the time when Sam Pitroda was laying the foundation of computerisation in India by launching the C-Dot project?
“At that time, your party was screaming that computerisation would put the nation in an unemployment trap. Do you have the courage to admit that your party’s stand at that time was wrong? While raising the Bofors issue, your party raised questions about the efficacy of the Bofors gun that could have affected the morale of our Army.
Why didn’t your party’s government unravel the secrets behind the Bofors bribes? Had the Bofors gun not been there during the Kargil war, what would have been the nation’s position?
“Your party had been opposing the Tehri dam. After the Kedarnath tragedy, this dam proved to a protector and blessing. Had there been no Tehri dam, the plains would have been washed away and you would not have been able to address a rally in Kanpur.”
Modi got the drift. He went down on his knees to a maverick with nothing to lose. This is the conduct of a man who wishes to put China, Pakistan, the USA, Islamist terrorism, and a host of other foes in their place. This is the manner of a man who wishes to head the next government of India.
Moral: Don’t trust what you see and hear of Modi.
Text : Sify
Images: PTI/ AP
Image: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses a rally