With no birth date, CPM MP Abdullakutty turns to Nadi astrology

via http://www.indianexpress.com/news/with-no-birth-date-cpm-mp-abdullakutty-turns-to-nadi-astrology/359910/0 published on November 11, 2008

Author Shaju Philip

@ Indian Express

Communists may be ideologically against superstition and astrology, but A P Abdullakutty, the CPI(M) MP from Kannur, the party citadel in North Kerala, has sought refuge in Nadi astrology, the art of reading one’s destiny from thumbs.

In the first issue of Yathra, a travel magazine published by the Mathrubhumi newspaper group, Abdullakutty has penned an article on his spiritual journey to Vaitheeswaran Koil, in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district, famous for the centuries-old Nadi astrology. In the article, the MP said he had squatted in front of a Nadi astrologer, in his search for his birthday, which his family had failed to give all these years. After having got the birthday, the star and other related details of his horoscope, the comrade said he had emerged out of the village a contented man.

Abdullakkutty, a supporter of V S Achuthanandan, went to Thanjavur last month soon after the CPI(M)-DYFI combine’s hunt against superstitions, launched after the arrest of fake godman Santhosh Madavan. The DYFI had dubbed its drive against fake god men as “second renaissance”, and several innocent swamis were attacked during the drive.

In the article ‘Your thumb says it all’, Abdullakutty writes that his date of birth has been an issue haunting him all these years. He had not celebrated birthdays as he did not know the exact date. He said the journey to Vaitheeswaran Koil was a search for destiny, after he had exhausted all other means.

“It is believed that the past, present and future of all humans were foreseen and recorded by ancient sages like Vasishta and Agastya in palm leaves and kept in Vaitheeswaran Koil. There is a scripture pertaining to each individual, comprising all details from birth to death.”

Abdullakuty said he asked the astrologer to read chapters on birth and family and the latter gave ‘almost’ correct answers. He said he was taken aback when the astrologer asked whether he was an MP or an MLA. “After some time, the astrologer came with my horoscope and read out all details about my birth, including the star, date and time of birth etc. And he continued to say things about my past and future. I did not hear it…I was satisfied that I got a birthday. That was enough,” he completes the write-up.

“I am an ordinary human being. Hence, it is quite natural to express all feelings. I believe in God. Hence I performed the Umra,” Abdullakutty told The Indian Express. He seems to be little worried about the controversy his visit to the astrologer is likely to generate in the party. “I have visited Ajmer and many other pilgrim centres in the country and the visit to Vaitheeswaran Koil should also be seen in that perspective. It should not be seen as matter of religious belief,” he said.

Tryst with controversy

• The two-time MP from Kannur faced public censure after he spoke out against hartals. He wanted all parties, including the CPI(M), to stop organising hartals, a bane of Kerala.

• He performed the pre-Haj Umra in Mecca, generating much heat in the party circles.

• He faced allegations about running a partnership business firm without the consent of the party and was relegated to a lower committee from the district committee.

• The 41-year-old comrade served as the state president of SFI. But he never went up in the CPI(M) organisational ladder. Now, he is just an area committee member in Kannur.

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