news Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 05:30
  A Bengaluru-based astrologer is claiming that he had predicted the death of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 and even written a letter to her warning of her impending death at the hands of her body guards. If that wasn’t enough, he now claims that he has written three letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking permission to sell the letter he wrote to Indira Gandhi to US President Barack Obama for Rs. 5 lakh crore! However, having received no response from Modi, the astrologer says that he will file a complaint against the Prime Minister with the Karnataka Lokayukta. Self-proclaimed “international” astrologer, TDR Harishchandra Gowda claims that even after Gandhi’s death, he has tried to bring his predictions to the notice of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and others, including Chief Justice of India HL Dattu. “Nobody has been able to make such a prediction in the last 10,000 years,” he says. Gowda is now in news again, this time for taking on JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy, a shrewd politician, somewhat melodramatic, but one who never appears overly worried about anything. Except now Kumaraswamy has the headache of dealing with Gowda's accusation that he did not help him in his mission to save lives. According to Gowda, he had predicted the July 2008 bomb blasts in the city and had even warned the then chief minister Kumaraswamy in advance, only to be ignored. Read more: An astrologer's complaints against many including Modi tells what's wrong with the Lokayukta Deccan Chronicle reported that on July 13, the Lokayukta issued a notice to Kumaraswamy for not acting on the “warning” of the astrologer who claimed to have predicted the 2008 Bengaluru terrorist attack. In his letter to the Lokayukta dated July 8, Gowda claims that he had written a letter to former chief minister Kumaraswamy in January 2007 urging him to take necessary precautionary measures.  Gowda further claims that the bomb blasts on July 25, 2008 could have been averted if only the chief minister had acted on his advice. “I even visited his house several times when he was the chief minister before the bomb blast took place, but he did not meet me. Even at Janata Darshan, he would see me and yet he would pretend like never saw me,” Gowda told The News Minute. Asked what prompted him to file a complaint seven years after the bomb blast, Gowda said “I’ve filed 40 complaints against many corrupt officials since 1995, but they were all dismissed citing lack of jurisdiction or saying that I was a nuisance. But when I saw the latest tussle between the Lokayukta and Kumaraswamy, I just filed a complaint to see what would happen. This time they issued a notice.” Reacting to this, Kumaraswamy acknowledged that he had received the notice from Lokayukta and the issue will become a matter of laughing stock if taken seriously. Image courtesy: Indira Gandhi - By U.S. News & World Report photographer Warren K. Leffler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons By Ricardo Stuckert/PR (Agência Brasil [1]) [CC BY 3.0 br (], via Wikimedia Commons Narendra Modi - By José Cruz [CC BY 3.0 br (], via Wikimedia Commons