Shobhan Sarkar

Published: October 22, 2013

Shobhan Sarkar, A dream about buried gold leads to a treasure hunt.

It sounds like a plot inspired by Satyajit Ray’s Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress) where little Mukul’s dreams of a past life and a golden fortress sets off a cat-and-mouse chase on camels in the deserts of Rajasthan.

But Swami Shobhan Sarkar, the dreamer in question has clarified he is neither Bengali nor dreaming.

“Hearing my name Modiji must have thought I am a Bengali,” quipped the reclusive swami. It is unclear what he meant by that. Bengalis dream too much? The government goes off on wild-goose chases based on Bengali dreams?

Either way the swami who is actually from a Tiwari family near Kanpur has also said he was not dreaming.

He had a “spiritual conversation” with the dead king’s soul about gold under the historical fort in Daudiya Kheda. The king in question is Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh. Kirandeep IBN7 (‏@raydeep), however, has tweeted “Don’t know whether there is gold or not bt Sant Shobhan Sarkar never had a dream. He hs sum maps. That’s y ASI undertook this.”

For those not up to speed with this little gold hunt here are the basic facts.

Sarkar apparently told the government the long dead Raja had appeared in a dream and told him to hand over a cache of gold buried under his fort to the other sarkar aka the government.

The Archaeological Survey of India has started digging though all it has found to date are pottery shards, bangles and toys. Modi scoffed at an election meeting “”The whole world is making fun of us. Someone dreamt and the government has gone hunting for gold.” He added the government should bring back money stashed in Swiss banks instead of gold under old fortresses.

But Sarkar took offence. Modi issued a mollifying tweet sending out his pranaams for his tapasya and tyag. Sarkar’s spokesperson Swami Om ji told the media “”What was the NDA doing when it was in power? Why did it not bring the money back from Swiss banks? It’s easier to lecture people when you are not in government.”

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