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Friday, January 14, 2005

Rahu, Ketu and cyclone

In 1999, meteorologists had warned of the impending cyclone three days before it actually hit the coast. Giridhar Gomang, the then chief minister of Orissa, called in three astrologers and kept a personal vigil as they appealed to the gods to deflect the storm. As the mighty winds snapped telecommunication and power lines, Gomang remained unfazed, trusting his astrologers’ prediction that the cyclone would miraculously split into two and fly over Orissa, leaving it unscathed.

An astonishing revelation by Debabrata Mohanty in the Telegraph, in an excellent essay discussing the Orissa cyclone of 1999.
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