New Delhi: After the Uttarakhand government announced that it would allot an astounding budget of Rs 25 crore to search for the mythical plant which healed Lord Rama's brother, Lakshman, people are taking to social media to ridicule the government's move, and petitions are being filed online.
Surendra Singh Negi, the state's minister for alternative medicine, said that the govt had initially set up a budget of 250 million rupees ($37 million) for the 'Sanjeevani Booti' project.
If the plan is executed, it will mean that different search parties would excavate deep into the Himalayan Mountains in search of the mysterious herb which was mentioned in the Indian epic Ramayana.
Ramayana is undisputedly India's most favoured and famous epic, but the move by the Uttarakhand to sanction a budget to initiate a quest for the magical herb is nothing short of being ridiculous. Uttarakhand faces massive devastation from monsoon rains annually, says an online petition. "Its citizens need basic necessities."
This is not the first time, however, that the lure of this magical medicine has inspired many researchers on a quest in the Himalayan Mountains; but all have failed — imminently because Ramayana is nothing short of a folklore.