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The high court in Mumbai rules that astrology is a science


 

Last week, the high court in Mumbai ruled that astrology is a science. That decision came in a case involving a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking action against astrologers. The PIL, filed by Janhit Manch, a judicial NGO, questioned the validity of predictions by “swamiji, tantrik and mantrik who in the garb of their spiritual robe, claim to cure acute ailments by mantra or by so-called precious stones,” and was designed to “check and curb the widespread superstitions prevailing among the masses.” Included in the PIL’s evidence were astrologers’ wrong predictions for Indian prime ministers, including Indira Gandhi and Charan Singh.

But in dismissing the suit, the judges took on record an affidavit submitted by India’s ruling Union government that said astrology does not fall under the purview of the 1954 Drugs and Magical Remedies (Objectional Advertisements) Act, which would ban any articles, ads, and practices related to the subject. “Astrology is a trusted science and is being practised for over 4,000 years,” says the affidavit filed by the deputy drug contoller in India, reported the Times of India. In fact, the judges recalled a 2004 court directive to consider adding astrology to university syllabi as a subject.


 

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  1. “Astrology is a trusted science and is being practised for over 4,000 years”

    I'm depressed to admit that I'm unable to read the above sentence in anything but a strong Punjabi accent.

  2. Where does the court stand on reading chicken entrails?

  3. Oh god, what will they do next..vote that fairies are real and deserve the right to vote?!

    Astrology has been tested and the predictions have th same likelihood of being true as does random chance. So, either way, it's not helping anyone to believe in this superstitious whooha.

    Furthermore, astrology was created when Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were still undiscovered, yet now these planets are taken into consideration by astrologers. Does this mean that all of the predictions done before the discovery of the planets were wrong?

    The perfect way to find out whether you can trust a horoscope: ask the writer where he/she got these predictions, how they came about. The answer is simple: they made it up. And how can they predict the future, or anything? They can't!!

    If we started to classify people by race and gave them 12 different predictions for each race it would be considered extremely racist and judgmental, so how is it any better to clump a group of people together based on when they were born? Are all babies who were born this year, between January 20 and February 18, exactly the same? What about ALL the people in the world right now who were born inbetween those dates?
    ANY horoscope from ANY sign is so general that it could be applied to every single person on the planet. My horoscope for today:
    "Today marks a time when you could easily become deluded with respect to your own goals and ambitions. If you spend all of your time thinking about what you want to do and not taking any action, the opportunity to achieve will be changed or gone. You will have an opportunity to sign up for a class that will help to expand your knowledge of new technologies. You can increase your value on the job by learning these new methods or technologies. Because of your vast reading interests, you may feel like jumping into unusual conversations with others. You probably feel that communication with most anyone is enjoyable. If you are not involved in a love relationship now, you may meet someone soon."
    Now guess what sign I am.
    Who doesn't this horoscope apply to?
    Now who wrote it and where did they get these predictions from? Did they personally read the stars for me? No.

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