Bejan Daruwalla

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Bejan Daruwalla.
Born 11 July 1931
Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Astrologer
Religion Zoroastrian

Bejan Daruwalla (born 11 July 1931)[1] is a popular Indian astrology columnist. He has also served as a professor of English in Ahmedabad. Despite being of Parsi heritage, he is known to be an ardent follower of Shri Ganesh. His astrological techniques combines Indian and Western Astrology, I-Ching, Tarot reading, the Kabalah and Palmistry.

Bejan Daruwalla launched his astrology website on 25 April 2003 at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. This marked the launch of personalised services by Bejan Daruwalla and his team of astrologer on the internet.

He sums up his general approach and technique of making predictions like this, "First of all, if the person is there I look at him and get vibrations. Second, the time the person comes is important. Thirdly, what type of day is it? Good, bad or indifferent? Fourth, lines on the palm. Fifth, the Indian horoscope and lastly, the western horoscope. So all this goes into a computer called the brain. And after that I look at Ganesha and make a prediction."[1]

Predictive Ability[edit]

He is known for making several accurate predictions such as the death of Sanjay Gandhi, the rise of Indian nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party, the Kargil War and the Gujarat earthquake.[2]

Bejan Daruwala also has a notable record of failed predictions, some of which include his prediction that South Africa will emerge the winner of 2003 Cricket World Cup.[3] For 2007 Cricket World Cup he predicted that, "India had a "strong chance" of winning the World Cup and that either Rahul Dravid or Munaf Patel would be "player of the tournament"."[4] He had forecast that Shahrukh Khan would gain name and fame from his association with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008. He added that both Shahrukh and Saurav Ganguly are in great shape astrologically which should bode well for Kolkata Knight Riders. The team was supposed to reach semi-finals in the IPL tournament as per his prediction.[5]

He had also predicted that Kashmir problem should be solved between 2001 and 2002.[6] Another prediction was made to the effect that Atal Bihari Vajpayee would return to the power in 2004.[7] After Manmohan Singh became the PM with UPA in power at the centre in 2004, he predicted that India will have a new government by August 2005.[8] Predicting the rise of India as a superpower in the 21st century, he asserted the year 2008 will mark India's rise.[9] In December 2004 he predicted that "India and Pakistan will reach a workable truce in the next three years."[10] At the same point of time, he made this observation for US, "I am not happy with Bush. He made a mistake by attacking Iraq and I suspect that he may not be able to complete his term." Further, he added, "it will take at least nine months for any kind of peace to come to Iraq." He also predicted that before 2010 America will have a woman President.[11] In March 2009, he predicted that, "Amitabh might become a grandfather this year, Saif might get married."[12] Another prediction was that "2009 will bring about Osama's downfall."[13] On the sets of Bigg Boss 4, replying to a question from host Salman Khan about who will win the show, Daruwalla said, "I see there is a tough competition between Shweta Tiwari and Dolly Bindra." He also predicted that Salman Khan will host the next season of Bigg Boss as well.[14]

Some of his most amusing predictions include the assertion that by 2007 "massive trains and huge cars will fly gracefully" and "the secrets of the space as such will be discovered." Another prediction speaks about India that, "On our Republic Day 2008, we will be visited by aliens. The best part of it is, we will know it and accept it."[15]

Views on Astrology[edit]

As far as scientific validityggg of astrology is concerned, Bejan Daruwala maintains, "I don't care if it's a science or not. Fact is, it works."[16] He asserts that astrology combines three things. The position of the planets is by astronomy. Then, the synthesis between planets, dishas, signs etc. is an art. And the final prediction is by ESP, intuition or the grace of Ganesha.[17]

Explaining the concept of sun-sign based astrological forecasts and the problems with dividing the world into 12 categories based on zodiac signs, he says, "It really cannot be divided. It is only a matter of convenience. I think about 65 per cent of such predictions come correct and that is a good average. But no, you cannot make predictions like that. You have to read the individual horoscopes and even then you must have it in your destiny to predict correctly."[18]

When asked about astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar's assertion regarding lack of scientific evidence to support the theory of lunar influence on human behaviour based on certain statistical studies, he suggests, "I have seen people who are affected. But if he says no, he must have done a bigger research. But I'm not saying that astrology is a complete science. I have not tested it, so I don't know. I am not interested in the science of it. I am only interested in the art of it and Ganesha.Many astrologers fight with people that it is a science. Frankly, I care a damn whether it is a science or not. It works and that is important. You can call it science or you can call it bullshit. Even planets and planetary positions are supposed to affect human behaviour. But I haven't tested it. But I know that many Virgos fear about their health, many Taureans want possessions, many Leos are egoistic and most Cancerians want family and security."[19]

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