Crystal Ball/K N Rao
Sonia Gandhi's political career will accelerate in 1998
On April 9, I had predicted, "Sun, the prime minister of
the year, is in the eighth house and is close to both Saturn and
Venus. It definitely means a change of prime ministers. Somewhere
in all this, a mighty woman (Venus) is shaking the throne of the
Prime Minister Deve Gowda."
Before last year's general election, I had said a woman
would create waves in Indian politics. Everyone wanted to know
the identity of this woman; many of them, in fact, went ahead
and identified her as Sonia Gandhi. Yet, official sources persistently
denied the fact that she would join politics.
Now that she has finally joined the Congress, an astrological
debate of more than seven years, in which I have been the target
of attack by many astrologers, comes to an end. I win and they
lose. Let me recall my battle, stage by stage.
In the early eighties, after Sanjay Gandhi's death, a reporter
who had noted the frequency with which Indira Gandhi was visiting
Amethi wrote a piece stating the she was grooming that constituency for her first son, Rajiv, whom she wanted to bring into politics. The editor killed the story, reprimanding the reporter for indulging in kite-flying. History proved the reporter's political judgement correct.
Then started the hunt for Rajiv's horoscope. A famous astrologer
had given him the Kanya lagna. The rest of us thought he was wrong and stuck to Simha. In 1991, after seven years of awful confusion, he switched over to Simha lagna without even offering an apology.
Everyone had, by now, begun hunting for Sonia's horoscope. Many
wild guesses were made. The late Giridharilal Goswami, who had
the correct horoscopes of the Gandhi-Nehru family, said that all
the horoscopes being used for Sonia were wrong.
Through trial and error, I arrived at a horoscope which even Goswami admitted was correct, except for the fact that the time of birth was off by some minutes.
Since I was a government employee, I refrained from using that
horoscope. Instead, I passed it on to a fellow astrologer who,
in June 1991, made a wild prediction to the effect that Sonia
would run away from India within a month. I was very irritated
with him for being so foolish, especially because I knew that
Sonia would join politics and head the Congress party.
After retirement from government service in 1990, I have predicted four times that Sonia had an important political career awaiting her.
Now that she has finally joined politics, a high post within the
Congress Working Committee will only be the beginning of a career
of grace and dignity.
Though 1998 is the year of her destiny, she will still face some
perils and controversies. Bofors will not embarrass her much,
but she will face a lot of secret opposition; there will be numerous
attempts to prevent her from rising higher. Yet, she will overcome
it all. From April 1998, her career as a politician will accelerate
in leaps and bounds.
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