I wasn’t surprised when I got to know about the priest Shoban Sarkar’s dream. We know that we don’t control our dreams. Indian Constitution doesn’t restrict us from sharing our dreams with our near and dear or for that matter with our countrymen either. There is no harm if there is a hope in a dream. I would love to share the similar dreams with other priests and Sarkars. However, the bitterness of life had robbed me off my sweet dreams and I often dream what happens to my Mother India if a fascist outfit would, even by a remotest chance, get the upper hand in Indra Prastha.
India was a Golden Goose and Shoban Sarkar was within his rights to dream or envisage. I respect all his good intentions and I appreciate the positive attitude adopted by State and Central Governments. It would be a wild guess for anyone how NDA would have reacted if the same dream had blessed any of the VHP sadhu’s dring its tenure. I’m here taking some liberties with our past as there is no present without a past. I can’t forget the obscurantist and irrational attitude of Hindutava forces, before and after the demolition of Babri Masjid, when the ‘fraudulent finds’ and fragments from the rubble were sought to be used as archaeological evidence.
Another fraud was the induction of ‘Vedic Mathematics’ into school curricula in BJP-ruled states. This ‘Vedic Mathematics’ turned out to be a set of aphorisms in Sanskrit, which had nothing to do with the Atharva Veda as claimed. The aphorisms had no substantial meaning either. The most wonderful incident to quote here is the ‘series of Ganeshas drinking milk all over the world’. While the rest of the RSS wings welcomed the miracles in hushed tones, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, greeted the ‘milk miracle’ with triumphant cries of the coming of a Hindu century and a Hindu age. It was the naked opportunism using religion to promote the agenda of obscurantists to prove a point that needed no proof. ASTHA needs no proof. That was a political mobilization of what is fraudulently sought to be promoted as Hindu religious sentiments and identity.
Here, in Unnao, in modern age, a simple Sadhu had no axe to grind. He told the state what he thought fit in straight language. We can argue about the reactions of state and its organs. We can’t question Sadu’s intentions. But ironically it was Narendra Modi who did cast the first stone. He was the first to deride and mock about the dream of a pious Sadhu, a priest who has had an authentic integrity record of character and the largest following in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. These were the words of NaMo – ‘The whole world is laughing at us over this bizarre exercise. Somebody dreamt and the government has launched an excavation…The money hidden by thieves and looters of India in foreign banks is much more than 1000 tonnes of gold. If you (government) bring back that money, you won’t have to do digging for gold in Unnao’
There is no denying that there can be no complacency in the fight against obscurantism and superstition in Indian society and I do wonder at times about the stand some sections of academia and the media take – a position of studied neutrality between science on the one hand and superstition and obscuritism on the other.
According to the Indian Constitution (Article 51-A(h)), ‘it shall be the duty of every citizen of India…to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform.’ Cut the sails according to the winds. It is difficult for me to understand how quickly Narendra Modi shifted his stand when the following letter was sent by the seer of Unnao :
“Respected Narendra bhai, while welcoming you to the soil of Kanpur, I want to say with all humility that you have violated the dignity of a saint in your hurry to attack the central govt and Shrimati Sonia Gandhi. Satya Sankalp Sant Shri Swami Sobhan Sarkar has seen the dream of making India the world’s most powerful nation. To fulfil this dream, Swamiji had taken a vow to provide India with gold reserves more than the combined gold reserves of UK and USA. That’s why he sent letters to the central govt, state govt and the district administration requesting that a place in Daundia Kheda be surveyed by GSI. If proved by GSI, then excavations be started and the gold be deposited in the treasury of central govt. Here they are talking of only 1,000 tonnes of gold, Shobhan Sarkarji has vowed to provide 21,000 tonnes of gold to the government. Our request to a powerful leader like you is, please do not waste time in unnecessary tirades and come with the government officials and representatives of all parties in Parliamnt and the media (particularly D…C…) to meet Shri Swami Sobhan Sarkar ji and see if your request is not fulfilled. If the nation’s aspirations are not fulfilled, I will cut off my head in front of your media friend D.. C.. D..C… has questioned if the gold is not found, will Om baba severe his head? My answer is Yes. We are Raghuvanshi, Shobhan Sarkar is Raghuvanshi Shiromani, we believe in ‘Praan jaaye par vachan na jaaye’. We have got your remarks on Shobhan Sarkar ji, if you get the remarks of Mahant Nritya gopal Dasji, Laxmikant Vajpayee and Kanpaur BJP and Vishwan Hindu Parishad leaders’ remarks by 3 pm, pl do so. You party has completed its governance under Atalji, but why didn’t your government bring back the black money from Swiss banks. Ram Sethu is an issue of faith with your party I want to say Lord Ram had himself asked Vibhishana before boarding the Pushpak vimana after Lanka victory, to destroy the Ram Sethu. You can verify this from Padma Purana. Pl ask your party spokesman particularly Sudhanshu Mittal to first Study and then raise issues of faith. Today you are a votary of social media. Will you make people remember the times when Sam Pitroda was laying the foundation of computerisation in India by launching C-Dot project. At that time, your party led by a great personality like Atal Bihari Vajpayee was screaming across the streets that computerisation will put the nation into an unemployment trap. Do you have the courage to admit that your party’s stand at that time was wrong? While raising Bofors bribes, your party raised questions about the efficacy of Bofors guns that could have affected the morale of our army. Why din’t your party’s government unravel the secrets behind Bofors bribes? Had Bofors guns not been there during the Kargil war, what would have been the nation’s position, can you please clarify? Your party had been opposing the Tehri dam as a danger and a curse. 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. One more question, Modiji: the amount of money being spent on branding you and your party, is the money white or in black? Will you please clarify? You are being seen by the media as the next prime minister of this country. The common man and the Sant Samaj wants to know your views on some issues. I would like to invite you to a public debate on those issues. My entire property is a langoti(underwear), an achala and a mobile. I do not have any interest in politics, but the man in the street, who constitute nearly 50 per cent of the voters has questions and I would like to put those questions to you. One more question, what are your views about the man who was the Army chief who had come into controversy because of his age. Also, please tell why Baba Ramdevji, after Anna Hazare’s agitation, withdrew from 80 acres of land illegally grabbed by Patanjali Yogpeeth? Will you throw light what as prime minister you would do, if you get information about gold hidden inside the earth, because you feel the nation’s dignity is being mocked by the present excavation. There are many issues for debate. I would request you to give us time.
With regards, Yours,
Shri Shobhan Ashram,
Shobhan Kanpur Dehat”
Now the response of Narendra is a stark example of Bizzare from Absurd. After joking and laughing out of sleeves at the priest and the government, Modi ji tweeted:
” Lakhs of people have faith for the last several years in Sant Sobhan Sarkar. I offer my obeisance (pranaam) to his tapasya(penance) and tyaag (sacrifice).” Modi tweeted further, saying,”I request the govt of India to issue a white paper on black money stacked in foreign countries and reassure the people.”
So, now we are lucky that we are blessed, after Lalu Prasad, a new proven Joker of Indian Politics from Gujarat.