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Astrology and attention seeking — Modi vs Rahul

As 2019 approached, many astrologers came out of their shell to talk about Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Ninety-nine per cent of the Indian astrologers has predicted Luck for Modi and Unluck for Rahul Gandhi. Meanwhile, the business of Astrology has boomed in India ahead of the 2019 elections; the small and big, every politician is approaching the astrologers to know what is written in their fate. On one hand, the astrologer is prospering and on the other hand, their business in gemstones, yantra, mantra, Pooja, etc. We may not know the fortune of the political leaders, but the period seems to be very rich and wealthy for all the astrologers around. The voters might have their mindset but much is influenced via predictions too.

Coming to the national Television channels, they are boring to death with a different forecast for 2019. Some even have gone to the extent to tell how India will be in a coming year and what the perfect fate of different celebrities is. In short, the astrologers have a great future ahead as everyone is curious about knowing their own fortune. Meanwhile, there are special shows on ‘BHAVISHYAVANI’ with some Kochar, Acharya Indu Prakash, Acharya blah blah, some beautifully groomed fashionistas talking about Tarot. There are a few who even give you guarantee of 99 per cent results if you follow his/her instructions; some give tips on how to possess a man whom you love. These kinds of shows are nothing but a TRP gimmick. If this astrologer is so perfect in predicting things and has solutions and remedy for whatever you want to possess, then he should actually try to own that 24/7 channel and telecast his rubbish 24/7. Moreover, as he has all the remedies, I am sure he won’t need to struggle much to earn money because he knows and has given loads of such tips earlier to bring wealth in life.

The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting should issue advisories to these TV channels for spreading “misinformation”, “fear”, and “horror”. Every morning, they’re imbibing some unexpected fear in common man’s mind. Some channel informs the lucky colour for the day while some say it’s yellow, other say it’s green. Whom to trust? From morning 7 to 9, a person’s vital time is wasted in watching such crap. I know we are not forced to see such programmes, however, it’s the psyche of every common man as everyone is under stress and these kinds of stupid things make them believe in what the astrologer is saying.

However, these days, paid time slots on marketing channels of Dish TV have come up with new programmes where a bunch of astrologers directly get connected to you, boast about them, and give you thousands of instructions; the calls pour in and the astrologer keeps on promoting his business. How funny it is to know that if you call them to know how you can get your missing son back home, from there, they predict and tell you to keep some coins in the right direction of the main door which will result in your son to come back. Why don’t they ask the Mumbai Police to follow these remedies as every day children go missing from Mumbai and have failed to return home? Then some woman suspects her hubby having extramarital affairs and the astrologer again gives a solution and promises that henceforth hubby will close his eyes and never look at any woman further. The God knows whether these solutions work or not but that particular call costs Rs 6 per minute. Thus, you are losing Rs 30 minimum. Each such telecast generates lakhs of rupees. I think the Family court should hire people like these to solve divorce issues and re-settle the families with their remedies.

The Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) and the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) members should exercise some restraint while broadcasting such content. Moreover, the hardcore news channels should stop practicing such things. The commercial aspects of the news channels are sucking the brains of the common man by installing such superstition. They claim that a daily dose of ‘Bhavishyavani’ aims to give you practical solutions to all your problems. Dial 0120 – 2517251 and make a refreshing start to know your stars, just a phone call away. How emotional fools are we? They want to extract benefits by pinching your pocket early in the morning and for one in ten thousand by fluke if that works, he becomes the publicity manager for the TV channel and that astrologer. The much faster and effective publicity is word of mouth publicity; these astrologers are very good at social engineering. These are the real hackers, they hack your faith, your emotions, and overall the revenue from your pocket without your knowledge. I don’t know if anyone gets to reach their destination through these programmes. On the other hand, we take miracle dose to combat our problems, but nothing actually works. One of my employees took Rs 7,000 loan from office; the second day, I realised that she has taken that loan to buy an astrological stone to make her stars bright; her faith was forcing her to invest in stones for easy money and quick remedy. She wore that stone and soon after that lost her job due to some behavioral issues. As an Editor of this paper, I know that the only miracle that can make her successful is hard work. Finally, she became frustrated and decided to sell the stone back, she only received 30 per cent returns and 70 per cent of her money has been falsely wasted in superstition. Imagine how many people like her must be getting fooled every day?

No astrologer ever predicted what would be the fate of the Kashmiri Pandits, will they ever return to their houses? Are we going to get money back from the Swiss bank? Will we ever see the Rs 15 lakh amount promised by our PM in our accounts? Can Indian farmers be ever happy? Can the poverty ever get eradicated from India? Whereas, the same astrologers predicted that Rahul Gandhi is not destined to become the Prime Minister anytime soon! However, Modi has a bright future, well this much prediction is given by common people of this country who are not astrologers and the voters.

Why did these astrologers fail to give suggestions to Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev? Why did these astrologers fail to make this very own channel the world’s most popular and number one by proving remedy to switch off all other channels? Television is the next fastest-growing medium and is the largest contributor to global growth. Television’s share of the global ad market has risen steadily over time and shows no sign of reaching a plateau: The amount of time viewers spend watching television continues to increase. Even though viewers are presented with a wider choice of channels than ever, the biggest television show attracting record audiences is astrology and predictions; one of the major revenue chunks is earned by these creeps. We, the people, need to be really smart by not getting influenced by such things. Your vote to a politician is the actual fate decider for this country and its welfare.

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Dr Vaidehi Tamanhttp://www.vaidehisachin.com
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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