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January 24, 1998


K N Rao

BJP will snatch a sensational victory

She, from an east European country, came to learn Hindu astrology from me. When she speaks English it sounds sweet like Bengali. The television was showing a political leader eating sweets. My nephew had placed a plate of sweets before her. But she was not eating it like the politician on television.

Politicians are running now, it being election season, to any party which is prepared to offer them the sweet promise of a ticket, I explained to her.

Ticket for what? Where are they travelling? was her naive question.

From the chaos of the shambles into which their parties have been reduced, it is a travel into wilderness. One of them ran to join the 'Trina' (grass) 'moola' (root) Congress of Mamta Bannerji (who showed no 'mamata') leaving his 'moola', (the Congress party) to get a ticket and got no ticket but only 'trina'. The ticket seekers are running to 'B' stations mostly, the broad-gauge one of the Bharatiya Janata Party or the narrow gauge railway bogey of the BSP, jumping out of their original party which is the Congress.

I do not have the Bahujan Samaj Party's horoscope, but I can assure you that the BJP has run into a far better time in 1998. It is a good period of Venus-Moon-Venus which shows some international support and better financial resources to fight elections. These, we know, have been the advantages of the Congress in past elections. Now the BJP can have the last laugh. The Mullahs of Mecca have said that if a Ram Mandir existed in Ayodhya, the Babri Masjid should not be built or rebuilt on there.

The Congress will fight elections during the Rahu-Saturn period and the sub-sub period of debilitated Mars. It means weak luck, nervousness and tormented mind. It will dampen its will to make a fight of it. It will remind a cricket-lover of the crucial catch the Pakistanis dropped. On January 18, in the last over when Srinath lifted a ball too high, three rushing Pakistani fielders decided not to collide. The result was they dropped the catch and Srinath got two runs. With three balls to go and five runs to score, India seized the opportunity and won what was the greatest-ever victory in one-day cricket.

Put the BJP in place of the Indian cricket team and the other parties in the place of the three rushing Pakistani fielders. It will be clear that the BJP is going to snatch victory in a sensational way in 1998.

But the east European girl, initiated into the spiritual sadhana of an eastern religion, was not eating the sweets. Her reason? After this initiation, women avoided boyfriends, did not date. They did their sadhana and ate sweet things mostly. The result? Their slim figure vanished. They put on weight, became fat and men did not find them attractive anymore. It helped them remain celibate. Sweets, she claimed, was good for celibacy.

But it is not so for Indian politicians in 1998. Mars has joined Ketu. Soon after February 13 the Sun, too, will join it. In astrology this represents sour taste. It is in keeping with India's political opportunism. Sweets may be good for celibacy but not for politics whereas Mars, Ketu and the Sun show nothing sweet, we will see politicians shedding weight and become slimmer.

P V Narasimha Rao may not get the ticket. Balaram Jakhar has already been denied. We will see the beginning of political celibacy of many well-known persons. But they will not be offered sweets to consume. For the Congress it is a season of celibacy but without sweets because it is the sub-sub period of debilitated Mars.

K N Rao, editor, Journal of Astrology, resumes his column on astrology.

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