Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Horoscope of a Nation ?

DNA ( 25  April  2017  ) carries a news report as follows :

“ Niti aayog envisions houses , vehicles , ACs for all by year 2032  “

The government think tank Niti Aayog has envisaged a new India in which all citizens in 15 years will have houses with toilets , two wheelers or cars , power , air conditioners and digital connectivity

The India 2031-32 : Vision , Strategy and Action Agenda “ , also visualises a fully literate society with universal access to health care

It also called for having a much larger and modern network of roads , railways , waterways , and air connectivity and a clean India where citizens would have access to quality air and water

It envisioned that per capita income would increase three-fold to Rs 3.14 lakh in 2031-32 from Rs 1.06 lakh in 2015-16

“ We must transform India into a prosperous , healthy , secure , corruption-free , energy abundant , environmentally clean and globally influential nation “ , the presentation said

Readers are requested to interpret  this  VISION  DOCUMENT  in terms of my following
note , dated  04 May 2008 :


Horoscope  & Other ( Equally Fictitious )  Stories

Most People live on, on eternal hope of a better tomorrow- even those whose “ past / present ” has been quite good.

 So, you cannot blame those whose “ past / present ” is not-so-good, to yearn for a better tomorrow.

And that makes everyone anxious to “know” what future holds for them.

This human tendency/ weakness is the “ Fundamental ” on which the business of astrologers & futurologists thrives.

And what technique do these forecasters employ to predict people’s future ?

They rely on “ Theory of Probability. ”

They know that “events” recur with regularity – except that some events occur with greater regularity than some others.

Some events have a greater probability of occurrence than some others.

No one may have taken the trouble to accurately compute the “ frequency of occurrence ( probability) ” of each type of event, in advance.

But every event is likely to occur in near future or distant future ( if probability is low).


For certain events you can “ predict ” their occurrence TOMORROW with a probability of 0.99, such as

·         A dacoit / murder in the city

·         A bus-accident

·         A boat capsizing etc.

Whereas, probability of a Political leader getting assassinated TOMORROW will be a very low, 0.001 ,

But probability of one such assassination taking place within next 10 years, goes up to 0.9.

So, there are 3 dimensions to an event viz ;

·         Type  / Nature of event

·         Time period within which it will happen

·         To whom it will happen / affect.

Now examine :


Practically, these can run into thousands.


An event can happen tomorrow or it can happen after one month or after 10 years or a century.


There are 6 billion humans on this earth.

Now, if you multiply these 3 dimensions, you have literally TRILLIONS &
 TRILLIONS of combinations, with a “ Probability ” attached to each !

This is what , makes “ predicting of future ” so easy !

·         Something or Else ( event)

is likely to happen to,

·         Someone or Else ( Person)


·         Sometime or other ( Time)

As long as you make your PREDICTION sufficiently VAGUE / GENERAL, in respect of

Ø  An Individual

Ø  A given time-period

Ø  Precise nature ( of what will happen),

You are safe  !

You just cannot be faulted !


Now if something that is vaguely resembling what was predicted, does actually happen to even 5 % of the people who “ read” your prediction, their confidence / faith in your ability to predict future sky-rockets !

They start believing that you have some God-given, magical powers to predict future ( did it not come true for them ? )

Then these 5 % spread the word ( word-of-month) about your magical powers.

And the remaining 95% for whom, the “ Prediction” did not come true,

Ø  Either forget that they ever read the prediction  OR

Ø  Believe that it was not “ meant” for them ,  OR

Ø  Hope that your tomorrow’s prediction (about them ) will come true ( the flame of eternal hope, keeps burning in their hearts – the hope for a better tomorrow ).

But these 95 % never go out and tell anybody that things did not happen as predicted !

They don’t want to look silly !

They don’t want to appear to be superstitious persons, believing in unscientific, irrational predictions !

So only the good-word spreads. 

Only the “positive” stories spread.

So each such story, brings in more & more person to look-up morning newspaper to  see, what future holds for them.

Forgotten within 5 minutes but remembered if something ( vaguely) similar did happen by the end of the day.


27  April  2017

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