In an update to this story about looking for gold based on magical insight, “the dream is over”.
After 11 days of digging for the 1,000 tonnes of gold at the Daundia Khera village in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, it’s Peepli Dead now. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has hit a dead-end in the digging and doesn’t seem interested in continuing with it.
It turned into a frenzy, even the Geological Society backed it. But it all came to nought.
As the frenzy assumed epic proportions, the ASI dug for the remains of the local 19th century king’s palace, then for the remains of the Buddhist monasteries as mentioned by Chinese pilgrim Hieun-Tsang, who visited the area in seventh century, and more recently for the weapons used in the 1857 mutiny. But all they got was nothing more than a few pottery pieces, glass bangles, pieces of a hopscotch game, small idols and pieces of a wall.
Good job, listening to the “seer” for advice. This was embarrassing. Or was it? There are rumors that this silliness was used as a diversion or to ridicule superstition. Well, it sure does make believing in the prediction look silly.
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