Crystal Ball/K N Rao
History will portray Gujral as a rose thrown on a dungheap of
opportunistic political splinters
An astrologer can have no rest in tumultuous political times.
Now that I K Gujral has been sworn as India's 14th minister at
10 am, April 21, the moot question is -- how long will he last?
I fixed Gujral's lagna on the basis of the date, month and year
of birth, even though I did not have the time of his birth. I
then checked with a friend who had seen Gujral's horoscope some
decades ago. He agreed with the lagna, but asked me to advance
the time of birth.
At the mini-seminar we hold every Sunday, we verified 14 events
from Gujral's life, as reported in the newspapers, and found them
nearly correct. Though the President had still not invited him
to form the government, we came to the conclusion that he would
be prime minister for a period of three to 18 months. The multiple
of the three month period is operating in his horoscope at the
Another horoscope was prepared taking into account the oath-taking
ceremony. The combination of Monday and hasta nakshatra are good,
but the rikta tithi is very bad. In the context of corrupt Indian
politics, it seemed to fit into the types of problems he has to
Gujral's horoscope is very unusual. After many years, we have
seen a political horoscope that indicates dignity, transparent
honesty and love for truth. If such men are allowed to run the
government steadily for a long time, a high standard of morality
can be set. But this will not happen.
Like his predecessors, Gujral will fall victim to intrigues. The
financial position of the country, though, will improve during
his tenure. There appears a clear chance of some stability, which
reminds me of my prediction of the Congress joining the government.
There are many minor irritants in the oath-taking ceremony horoscope.
The TMC and DMK are hurling accusations at each other. The two
Yadavs, Laloo and Sharad, are arranged against another Yadav,
Mulayam. Yet, the strength of his horoscope will help Gujral overcome
Instead of stressing the negative factors, let us wish him good
luck. He has a horoscope which pleases the astrologer with its
idealism. Contrary to expectations, his foreign policy seems to
be a weak point while financial strength of the nation seems to
Oil, underground wealth, precious metals and what mother earth
can yield will make India save a huge amount on her oil bill and
foreign exchange. In this area, and this area only, will the new
prime minister be lucky. For two years, I have been stressing
this silver lining in the new year horoscopes. Now reports have
come of Saurashtra floating on a sea of oil, perhaps the richest
in the world.
The fact that Jupiter forms a gajakesari yoga with the Moon, Venus
and Mercury being vargottama will definitely help him retain him
image of a suave and cultured prime minister. But history will
portray him, despite the very brief tenure he is going to have,
as a rose thrown on a dunghill of opportunistic political splinters
masquerading, in their lust for power, as the secularist force in
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