Crystal Ball/K N Rao
National debt will increase; inflation will spiral
Sitaram Kesri has become the leader of the Congress parliamentary
party and Sharad Pawar has become party leader on the floor of
the Lok Sabha. Both my predictions, made on December 22, have
been fulfilled. And now, let's see what the New Year has to offer...
Bharatiya Janata Party
The BJP will continue to face internal problems, but it will not
be the open dissension faced by other political parties. The party
is in a belligerent mood and will, after February 11, get a chance
to rehabilitate itself in the eye of the public as a representative
Despite hovering around the seat of power, the BJP will gain
only in Uttar Pradesh, where certain developments may allow it
to share power. The decision to end president's rule and install
a regular government might take place on the floor of the UP assembly
On December 26, last year, Jupiter moved into Makar. This is a
bad sign for India. When Jupiter moved into Makar in 1962, we
lost the war against China. The same thing happened in 1973, as
a steep increase in inflation led to the consequent agitation
by students of Gujarat and the movement by Jayprakash Narayan.
Again, in early 1986, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's reputation
was ruined by the Bofors' arms scandal.
What will Jupiter do in 1997? History does not repeat itself;
at least not in the same, exact pattern. But the changes that
take place will do no credit to the central government. National
debt will increase and inflation will spiral.
The new year
There is no astrological justification for making predictions
on the basis of the horoscope of January 1 of any year. All that
one can do is look at the planetary position on this day. Saturn
and Ketu are placed in the seventh house and Mars and Rahu are
quite close in degrees. On January 9, they will get dangerously
close. In such situations, diseases spread, attempts are made
on the lives of leaders and there is all round violence. Police
and medical authorities will have to shoulder heavy responsibilities.
The Hindu new year (April 7)
If 1996 was bad, 1997 will be worse.
The year will face violent incidents. Delhi does not appear to
be safe. Unless both the police and the citizens cooperate, terrorist
activities in the capital will escalate into a serious problem.
The epidemic that hit Delhi during the summer and monsoon seasons
last year will return, causing even more deaths. The administration
should concentrate on cleaning up the city briskly. Retrograde
Mars with lagna is frightening.
The judiciary will be in a more aggressive mood. News will be
created because of the confrontation between the parliament and
India will, like last year, be able to discover enormous underground
wealth. Already, we have discovered one good gold belt and two
diamond belts. Taking advantage of this astrological promise,
it will be a good policy to give incentives for quick prospecting
and mining. From 1998, India's economic position will improve
enormously. Hence, we should not waste this year in mining available
underground wealth to improve India's foreign exchange position.
Rahu will transit into Simha in mid-June and stay there for 18
months. During this period, another general election will be held.
The next election will be held sometime around or after mid-1998,
though the chances of an election are visible any time after October
Violence, in Kashmir needs the nation's closest attention. On
the basis of the rashi allotted to Kashmir by the late Hardeo
Sharma Trivedi, the situation appears frightening.
The wish to see peace in and around Israel is going to be frustrated
as never before. A war is in the offing. It seems ominous.