Much Ado About Nothing!
much-hyped Indo-Pak summit held at Agra in the middle of July 2001
had raised hopes of some improvement in relations between India
and Pakistan for the first time in the last over half a century.
No one expected miracles overnight but almost every one thought,
and wished, that some useful process of peace would commence. Astrologically,
however, the miserable failure of the summit was a foregone conclusion.
Soon after the conclusion of talks between the leaders of the two
countries, the cross-border infiltration and violence from the Pakistani
side has increased. Peace cannot be a unilateral process, nor can
it happen when sincerity on one side is miserably lacking. Anshumalee
Sood analyses the scene astrologically and tells us why this effort
had to fail. Editor
is readying itself to yet again find a place in the history books,
having been chosen as the venue of the forthcoming India Pakistan
summit meeting to be held between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee
and President Parvez Musharraf on the 15th of July this year.
Press reports suggest that Agra has been accorded this distinction
in deference to the wishes of Madam Sheba Musharraf though the
Indian government had selected Goa as the venue. One wonders whether
this will have an impact on the outcome of the talks. So much
for the choice of venue!
The track record of the previous summit meetings
between the two neighbours is definitely not encouraging by any
yardstick. In fact in the case of Pakistan one cannot be sure
that any agreement arrived at during the summit will be honoured
subsequently; even in letter, leave aside being honoured in spirit.
A case in point is the recent Lahore accord between the two nations
admist a lot of fanfare and backslapping, which turned out to
be an excellent guise for backstabbing that emerged in the shape
of what came to be known as the Kargil battle. Despite this, the
populace at large in the pre-partitioned India awaits with bated
breath hoping for an outcome that may well put an end to the cold
war of the subcontinent ushering in an era of peace and prosperity.
That peace will automatically bring prosperity is likely on two
counts. One, the huge budgetary outflow on defence and related
operations can be reined in thereby making available the scarce
resources for the development, health, education, etc., spheres
vitally necessary for the progress of both the nations. Two, the
trade possibilities are tremendous. In addition to the conventional
import-export, the economic potential of the proposed gas pipeline
from Iran/middle east throws up figures which are mind boggling.
Further, the international community is also watching the summit
with a keen interest. Given the newly acquired nuclear weapon
status of the two countries, an outbreak of hostilities may indeed
be too much to be contained.
Moving on to the issue of substance, what really can the summit
be expected to deliver? Given that President Musharraf is simultaneously
the Chief Executive and the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, he
certainly enjoys all possible power that can be concentrated in
one person. But how much authority he can actually bring in to
play at the summit table needs to be seen. In fact despite being
a defacto dictator of Pakistan, President Musharraf may have bigger
baggage of compulsions as compared to Prime Minister Vajpayee,
who does not even have the comfort of having a majority in the
Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
Let us go on to examine astrological backdrop.
The chart of Indian Independence (chart 1) is for Aug. 15,1947
at 00:00 hours, time zone +5:30, New Delhi, India, 28N39, 077E13.
The Ascendant is Taurus. Rahu is in the Lagna. Mars in Gemini
is in the second house. Apart from Jupiter, which is in Libra
in sixth house and Ketu, which is in Scorpio in the seventh house,
all the remaining planets Moon, Mercury, Saturn, Venus and Sun
are in Cancer, the third house. All the planets are in direct
motion apart from RKA, which is in its normal retrograde motion.
None of the planets are either exalted or debilitated. The Moon
is in own sign. The conglomeration of five planets in Cancer,
third house, makes for some interesting combinations and Kendra
Trikona Rajayogas. Atma Karaka (Sun), Putra Karaka (Mercury),
who is also the fifth lord, and Dara Karaka (Moon) give rise to
many Rajayogas as defined by Maharishi Jaimini.
Let us examine the dasha sequence when the
Summit will be taking place. The Vimshottari Mahadasha operating
is that of Venus, which commenced in September 1989. Venus is
the lagna lord and the sixth lord posited in the third house.
Third house signifies neighbours and the sixth house represents
hidden foes, clandestine conflicts, etc. Venus being the lagna
lord and the involvement of the Upachaya houses have resulted
in the Indian economy having undergone a sea change over the last
decade or so, the hostile environment in the neighbourhood notwithstanding.
This was to be expected as the mahadasha of lagna lord is a significant
period, more so as the lagna lord is Venus signifying luxuries,
opulence, riches, etc., having lordship of an Upachaya house and
posited in another Upachaya house. A stronger and growing economy
has brought with it the increased stature and importance in the
international arena. There is perceptible shift in attitude towards
India amongst the elite nations. This can be gauged by the recent
refusal by India to the pressure brought on by former US President
Clinton and his bulldog Secretary of State Madeline Albright to
sign the discriminatory CTBT (Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty).
The antardasha is that of Jupiter, which commenced on the 9th
of November 1999 and continues till the 10th of July 2002. With
the conclusion of Rahu the role and influence of foreign powers
and foreign nationals over the affairs of India is likely to be
waning. Jupiter is the eighth and eleventh lord posited in the
inimical sign Libra in the sixth house. Jupiter, therefore, becomes
a malefic on account of its lordship and is posited in the Ripu
bhava, although the eighth lord placed in the sixth house does
give rise to Vipareeta Raja Yoga. For this yoga to operate the
situation needs to necessarily alternate between adversity and
betterment. Out of the adversity an improvement should be emerging
as per the definition of the yoga. Note that the sixth house gains
For Pakistan the Independence Day chart (Chart
2) is for August 14,1947 at 00:00 hours, time zone +5:30, Karachi,
pre partition India, 24N51, 067E04. The Ascendant is Aries. Rahu
is in the second house Taurus. Mars is Gemini in the third house
along with the Moon giving rise to Chandra Mangala yoga. Apart
from Jupiter, which is in Libra in seventh house, and Ketu, which
is in Scorpio in the eighth house, all the remaining planets Mercury,
Saturn, Venus and the Sun are in Cancer, the fourth house. All
the planets are in direct motion apart from RKA, which is in its
normal retrograde motion. None of the planets are either exalted
or debilitated; though Venus and Saturn are combust. The conglomeration
of four planets in Cancer, fourth house makes for some interesting
combinations and Kendra Trikona Rajayogas.
The dasha sequence at the time of the summit
will play a vital role. The Vimshottari Mahadasha operating is
that of Ketu. Ketu is posited in Scorpio in the eighth house.
Ketu in the eighth house is not considered conducive for longevity.
Therefore, the dasha of Ketu posited in the eighth is hardly likely
to produce positive results. Eighth from the eighth house is also
afflicted having posited therein Mars in Gemini. Unaspected Rahu
in Taurus in the second house will behave as its dispositor Venus.
Venus is a poorna maraka for Pakistan having the second and seventh
lordship, posited in the fourth house. The results of Ketu and
Venus sub-periods have been given by Dr.K.S.Charak in his article
titled Ancient Scriptures; Modern Times, published in the previous
issue of Vedic Astrology. Therefore, I shall refrain from delving
further into it in order to avoid an exercise in repetition. Needless
to mention that now it is Ketu as the mahadasha lord and Venus
as the antardasha lord. By no means a confidence-inspiring situation!
The discussion on the astrological background
would remain incomplete without a reference to Chaitra Shukla
Pratipada chart of the two nations. For the benefit of readers
who have not been following the earlier articles on the subject,
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada chart, in contrast to the beginning
of the Christian New Year, has a Luni-Solar basis. Needless to
mention that it is the most popular and time-tested method of
mundane predictions for the forthcoming year. This has been discussed
threadbare by the author in the January-February 2001 issue of
Vedic Astrology. For the current discussion the relevant extract
therefrom is reproduced below, which verifies our line of analysis
and goes on to suggest extreme caution:
....The affliction of the third house
and its lord suggests extreme caution in dealing with the neighbours,
particularly Pakistan whose track record leaves little doubt of
its intentions vis-a-vis Kashmir. Notice the positioning of retrograde
third lord in exaltation in lagna, representing the north direction
of India. Yet again it remains a moot query whether it will be
possible to avoid heightened tension and hostility transforming
itself into an armed conflict, even when exercising utmost restraint.
The government will do well to keep itself from getting drawn
into a sticky situation if possible....
The current transit of Saturn in Rohini is
yet another cause for concern. This aspect too has been covered
in detail by Dr. Charak in his article titled Ancient Scriptures,
Modern Times published in the previous issue of the Vedic Astrology.
Readers may refer to the same for details. In this backdrop yet
another notable astral event in the offing is the conglomeration
of seven planets in Taurus, in the lagna of India and the second
house of Pakistans natal chart, on the 15th of May 2002
at 02:40:03 hours. With the exception of the great benefic Jupiter
who will be in Gemini, and Ketu being in Scorpio naturally since
Rahu is in Taurus, the remaining seven planets including the two
luminaries come together in Taurus. Much has already been written
about this conglomeration earlier and understandably not very
much hopeful or positive either.
We move on to study the chart of the summit
and attempt to decipher the likely outcome. As per information
available the summit is to commence at noon on Sunday the 15th
of July 2001 at Agra 27°N11' 78°E01'. Since this is akin
to a Muhurta chart the Panchanga variables assume an enhanced
significance. Hence it will be prudent to examine the Panchanga
variables at the outset itself. The tithi is navami, or the ninth,
of the Shravana Krishna Paksha. Navami is a Rikta tithi, which
by definition is inauspicious. Rikta means devoid of.
Rikta tithi muhurta is never selected for any auspicious activity.
The day or Vaara is Sunday having Sun as its lord. The Sun though
not a malefic per se, is definitely a kroora or harsh planet.
The separative quality and tendency prominently displayed by it
is indeed well known. Hardly the need of the hour at the summit
meeting. Nakshatra is Bharani ruled by the planet Venus. Notice
how Venus is surfacing again. Amongst the listed significations
of Bharani nakshatra are outcast, looking downward, violent, nefarious
activities, swindling, killing, work related
to weapons, fire, etc., to name a few. Hardly desirable for the
occasion, you will agree. To top it all, the ruling diety of Bharani
is Yama, also known as the lord of Death. The Yoga and Karana
become less important in the light of overwhelming adversity detailed
Moving on to the chart itself (Chart 3), the
ascendant is Virgo. Retrograde Mars in own sign Scorpio in the
third house and Ketu in Sagittarius in the fourth house are the
only two occupants of the invisible half of the horoscope. Since
both are malefics we may infer that whatsoever be the outward
demeanour the latent intent is malefic without doubt. Eleventh
lord Moon is in Aries the eighth house. Such a placement is indicative
of separation, death of the counterpart, etc. Saturn and Venus
are conjunct and involved in a planetary war in Taurus the ninth
house, and the winner is Venus. The remaining four planets Jupiter,
Mercury, Rahu and the Sun are in a conglomeration in the tenth
house Gemini. The chart tells us that a lot of show and fanfare
will surround the summit and serious efforts will be made towards
having tangible results perhaps on account of the political compulsions
of both the players. However, a certain degree of confusion and
ambiguity will remain on account of Rahu and the presence of the
twelfth lord Sun with lagna lord and seventh lord may well lend
a touch of discontinuity to the process. Retrograde third lord
Mars indicates the probable repeal and the need to rework the
prospective agreement. That too not under congenial circumstances
given the seventh aspect of the sixth lord Saturn. Icing on the
cake is the Vimshottari dasha of the summit. It is Venus-Moon.
Notice the role of Venus yet again. Venus is severely afflicted
by Saturn and Mars while the Moon is in the eighth house and they
are placed mutually in two twelve position.
Perhaps astrologically it would be difficult
to choose a worse time. The overall picture certainly does not
generate a feeling of comfort and refuses to consolidate itself
into a definite vote for peace and harmony to prevail. But then
the time that has lent itself to be chosen for the historical
summit has to be indicative of the sequence of events likely to
follow. Let us maintain a hope against all hopes that something
positive may emerge from the summit, though astrologically we
are definitely on a loosing wicket. ¦