Why only Astrology?

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Why only Astrology? Letter to the Editor, Pushpa M. Bhargava, The Hindu, April 5, 2001

Why only astrology?

Sir, – I have read with interest the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to start B.Sc and M.Sc courses in astrology in our universities. By the same logic, I suggest that the UGC order the universities to start B.Sc and M.Sc courses also in the following disciplines (the list is alphabetical and no comparative value judgment is implied):

Alchemy; Astral travel; Auras; Automatic writing; Breatharianism (the art of living for thousands of years without food, based on the premise that everybody who eats, dies); Cartomancy (reading of playing cards); Clairvoyance; Creationism; Crystal power; Divining and dowsing (e.g. for water, minerals, hidden wealth which we have in plenty; the graduates could find jobs also in the Income Tax Department); Faith healing; Ghosts; Iridology; Kirlian photography; Levitation; Mantic arts; Monsterology (study of monsters such as the Loch Ness Monster; or the monsters in the Royal Society of London, described recently in the well- known magazine Endeavour 2000, vol.24, pp. 34-39; or the monsters of various shapes and size found all over our country, often in disguise); Numerology; Palmistry; Poltergy; Psychokinesis and telekinesis (a la Uri Geller); Reincarnation; Reflexology; Seances; Spiritualism (including study of spirits, as distinct from ghosts); Tarot cards; Tantric arts; Tea-leaf reading; Telepathy; Transcendental meditation; UFOs; Wizardry (a la Harry Potter; the Rowling books could be prescribed texts); and Witchcraft.

One advantage in starting the above courses would be that this new vision of UGC will acquire an international flavour and the RSS, the BJP and the Minister, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, would not be labelled as being parochial.

My second suggestion would be that the degree to be granted in these areas, including astrology, should be B.A. or M.A. and not B.Sc or M.Sc as all of these areas stand out in direct and absolute contradiction to science.

My third suggestion – a follow up of the second – would be that, slowly, over the next 10 years or so, our universities should close the departments of Chemistry, all biological sciences, and Astronomy. The departments of Physics may be retained in deference to Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi as Physics happens to be his subject. If all this is done, the BJP and its ideological base, the RSS, will not be guilty of at least one thing: inconsistency.

Pushpa M. Bhargava,


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