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A planetary prescription

india Updated: Sep 09, 2008 22:20 IST
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A planetary prescription

A new study has revealed that planetary positions do affect your health. Among the believers of the not-so-innocuous interventionism of faraway cosmic bodies, there will no doubt be celebrations at having found ‘scientific’ evidence. For those who do not believe in planetary perambulations, there is also enough ‘evidence’ to gaze upon.

The study, funded by the UGC, has been done at the Delhi-based Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskit Vidyapeetha’s medical astrology department. If you think medical astrology is a bit of an oxymoron, then you must keep in mind that the former minister for Human Resource Development, Murli Manohar Joshi, had made a strong case for introducing astrology as a subject at the university level.

The aforementioned institute sounds distinctly a product of that initiative. It is one thing to believe in ghosts and quite another to institutionalise their study. As a ‘science’, astrology is no different. Belief in things cosmic is a primal human instinct. But to frame a course of study is taking things a bit too far.

Even if we leave Joshi out, one cannot but suspect government initiatives like this because, in a country like India, anyone can get away with murder if it can be explained that the stars ordained this to be so. Now thanks to the stars, we can safely shelve the public healthcare system.