Sold on Su­per­sti­tions

India Today - - MAIL -

Based on a seer’s dream that tonnes of gold lie buried un­der­neath an old fort in a vil­lage in Uttar Pradesh, the de­ci­sion of the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia ( ASI) to un­der­take a mas­sive ex­er­cise to un­earth hid­den trea­sure is ridicu­lous (“Gold Rush on the Ganga”, Novem­ber 4). It is noth­ing short of pro­mot­ing su­per­sti­tion among the gullible and il­lit­er­ate peo­ple who are al­ready un­der the spell of God­men. The site at­tract­ing huge crowds is a clear pointer that ASI has started the work with the tacit ap­proval of the Gov­ern­ment. It is shock­ing that de­spite sci­en­tific ad­vance­ments, vast sec­tions of the ed­u­cated class, in­clud­ing sci­en­tists, still be­lieve in su­per­sti­tions.

K.R. SRINI­VASAN, Se­cun­der­abad We have heard about many ‘gold rushes’ dur­ing 19th and 20th cen­turies but In­dia’s 21st cen­tury gold rush for the myth­i­cal trea­sure based on a day­dream of a self-styled god man is bizarre. Shob­han Sarkar’s “vi­sion” prompted the Gov­ern­ment to de­ploy top sci­en­tists on a weird gold hunt. Un­for­tu­nately many bril­liant minds in the Gov­ern­ment fell for the god­man’s ec­cen­tric dream. The seer’s sub­se­quent dreams point to few more places where many tonnes of gold lie buried. If the Gov­ern­ment al­lows sim­i­lar dig­ging, In­dia will be the land of a thou­sand holes. God­men have been de­ceiv­ing gullible peo­ple so far, now they are de­ceiv­ing top sci­en­tists, the mass me­dia and the Gov­ern­ment.

V.S. DHARMAKUMAR, Gur­gaon

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