Thank Sonia Gandhi’s lucky stars, astrologers say as govt wins trust vote

July 22, 2008

Much as he tries astrologer Rajan Chopra can’t keep the pride out of his voice as he speaks to me for the second time in 24 hours.

parrot1.jpg It’s victory march at 7 Race Course Road after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wins a closely-fought vote of confidence 275 to 256 in parliament and the temptation for Chopra to say “I told you so” is overwhelming. But Chopra, a political and corporate astrologer who predicted yesterday that the government would win the trust vote, says “it’s a victory for astrologers as well”.

If popular predictions are anything to go by then stargazers say the strong Saturn in Congress President Gandhi’s astrological chart is to be thanked for the government’s victory and the Congress party will be wise to look heaven wards for further guidance before general elections next year.

“As I have said before, Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh will play a very crucial role now, along with party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav,” Chopra says. “I am basing my prediction on three things – the chart of the Congress party, that of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and of Sonia Gandhi.”

Don’t the stars of Manmohan Singh count for anything? His answer confirms something that non-stargazers suspected all along. “Gandhi is the main force behind him.”

Kanpur-based astrologer Ramesh Chintak who strongly believes there is no branch of astrology that can help predict the future of a political party or outfit, says Saturn is strong in Gandhi’s stars which may have led to Tuesday’s turn of events.

However, he cautions that astrological predictions of any single individual cannot be trusted to foretell the fortunes of the party as a whole. He prefers rather to strengthen his prediction with safer bets.

“I heard the speeches made by (leader of opposition) L K Advani in parliament and I think he indicated even then that the opposition may not in the end win the motion. You also have to take into account the general word on the streets that the government is likely to win the vote,” he says.

When I tell Chopra that India’s Science and Rationalists Association dismisses astrology as superstition, he assures me that he is “a scientific astrologer and a paramedic man on top of that”.

Chennai-based astrologer K.B. Gopalakrishnan was quoted on websites with astrological charts to bolster his claim that Manmohan Singh was safe on the trust vote. Although astrologer M N Kedar, a member of the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, strongly predicted that the planetary position was not in favour of the government.


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Astrology…Well, I guess, it is a guess work by Mr Chopra which has worked. Wonder why people still remember Chankya and no “political” astrologer. But nevertheless, these kind of posts were a treat in this mad world of media and television channels which only proved to me mathematical class for children. Thanks

Posted by avi.avik | Report as abusive

a single person’s chart cannot be base for prediction of total MPs mentality. However, the turn of events may be predicted based on natal chart based on birth of free India, when we attained independence, which may be more meaningful if astrologers base predictions on this chart and planetary movements. OK individual charts may predict that particular individual’s luck, but not Nation or a Party, which I feel.If there is any scientific astrology in its true sense, let there be more predictions on coming events in future.

Posted by P Subramanyam | Report as abusive

Need to stop these sonia sychophants. Somebody soon will say George Bush’s saturn helped Indian Govt.
Nuclear deal is best india could bargain and in future India may need to bragain harder.
BJP initiated close contact with USA and their opposition to deal was mere posturing. BJP knows that congress has only nuclear deal to show off but it is failing on so many issues and unless UPA changes it’s track and looks to common problem, next Govt will definitely go to BJP.

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Posted by It was all thanks to the stars, Stupid! « India dispatch | Report as abusive

Stupid persons talking about stupid things.
No 2 doctors agree on a diagonsis.
No 2 Lawyers agree on a plan of action
No 2 astrlogers will ever agree.

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Posted by sreenivasulu | Report as abusive

Indian astrology may be very different from Western Astrology (the astrology I practice) but generally speaking, we cannot indeed predict the outcome of a party with just the natal chart of one individual, even if this would give you ‘clues’ and ideas about what the atmosphere will be like for this particular individual. However, the charts of all candidates need to be studied as well as the chart of the political event in question to be certain about the outcome.

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Gandhi, Father of India. In his autobiography My experiments with Truth Gandhi

rcalls that his childhood and teen age years were characterized by education in a

local school, marriage to Kasturba at the age of 13 and an intrinsic love for ‘truth’
and ‘duty’.Gandhi Jayanti is national holiday celebrated in India to mark the


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nice article keep it up

Posted by shalini aggarwal | Report as abusive

Astrology wins!

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