A common contemporary trend is to move religion and religious tradition out of the public forum but when the Mathura’s story of being haunted by a ‘buck’ plummeted into the national psyche, it promoted a national conversation that exposed our fascination with the mythical or spiritual.
The episode which had seeped into mainstream media, presented more positive outcomes than anticipated, and reiterated values which united rather than divided our people. It revealed, in the widely divergent reactions of the rationalists, the religious and the recreationalists to the ‘buck’ phenomenon.
The rationalists—poised under their umbrella of learning—sought to rationalise ‘the buck’ phenomenon through metaphysics, psychoanalysis and a revisit to our cultural consciousness. Supernatural experts emerged to offer help to the family.