On the occasion of Pluto being booted out of its planetary status, guess who is using it as a promotional event? Astrologers in India, thats who.
“Indian astrology is mathematically concerned with the nine planets, two of which are Raghu and Ketu that are nothing but derivatives from the diameter of earth, which is a circle having a value pi (22/7) imbedded in the equator of earth,” he said.
The ‘he’ is Mangal Prasad, an astrologer. If you decipher his statement, enlighten me please.
Raghu and Ketu are the much celebrated shadow planets used by Indians all over the world to slack off a few hours everyday doing nothing. To help these lazy bums along, there are enterprising idiots called astrologers. They tell people to do nothing and get paid for it. It is quite unfortunate to bear witness when some of the excellent mathematical works of Aryabhatta and Varahamihira on astronomy is being hijacked by loud-mouthed arsetrologers. (The fact that Varahamihira shared and in fact laid down some of these retarded astrological principles is for another post. His math was good and that’s what we should celebrate. Not the lunacy with predicting the future using rocks rushing around stars.)
Why would the Indian Express reporter go ask a dumbwit for soundbites instead of an astronomer is beyond my analytical powers.