Jyoti Basu (b. July 8, 1914 at Calcutta, India – 17 January 2010) is an Indian politician belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from West Bengal, India. He served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1977 to 2000, making him India’s longest-serving Chief Minister as of 2009. He was a member of the CPI(M) Politburo from the time of the party’s founding in 1964 until 2008. There is some debate about his birth time being 10.44 am, 10.50 am or even 11.00am. We have attempted the chart for Navamsa Lagna in Capricorn with Moon (like communist China). The problem with the 10.42am or 10.44am time is that it shows a very classy person who enjoys all the luxuries of life – more capitalist than communist. The 10.50am times gives Aries navamsa lagna with exalted Sun – very royal.
Jyotindra Kiran Basu the third child of Nishikanta Basu and his wife Hemalata, was born on 8 July, 1914 on a very rainy day (Moon). Janma Pañcāṅga: Āsāḍha māsa, Kṛṣṇa Pratipada tithi (Su), Budha vāra (Me), Uttarāsāḍha nakṣatra (Su), Vaidhṛti Yoga (Ju), Kaulava Karaṇa (Ma). He was the grandson of Deśa Bandhu Chitaranjan Das, the famous freedom fighter.
His father was a doctor hailing from the village of Bardi in Dhaka District, East Bengal (now Bangladesh), while his mother Hemalata Basu was a housewife. Basu’s schooling started at Loreto School at Dharmatala, Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1920 when he was a boy of six in Moon daśā Mars antardaśā – both vargottama planets. It was there where his father shortened his name and he became Jyoti Basu instead of Jyotindra Kiran Basu.
A name change can significantly affect Mercury in the chart and we see that Mercury, the lagneśa and tenth lord is forming the most powerful dharma-karmādhipati rājayoga in the 11th house with the ātmakāraka Venus which is also the 9th lord indicating father. Father (Venus) bringing about a name change (Lagna, Mercury) indicates a triggering of this yoga that will bring undying fame. In addition, this powerful yoga is in the sign Cancer and is also aspected by the Moon. This yoga is also in the 7th from the Moon besides being a part of the immensely powerful Chandra Adhi yoga formed by six planets – Sun and Saturn in 6th house, Mercury and Venus in 7th house and Mars and Ketu in 8th house. The vargottama position of the Moon in Capricorn makes this yoga three times more powerful. In addition, only natural benefic planets Jupiter, Mercury and Venus conjoin or aspect the Moon by graha dṛṣṭi. The Moon is also the closest planet in trines to lagna in Virgo and is also in the navāṁśa lagna Capricorn.
Fig: Navāṁśa Chart – Jyoti Basu
(A) Sun, Saturn (lord of navāṁśa lagna) and Venus (ātmakāraka, yogakāraka and lord of dasāṁśa lagna) are in exalted navāṁśa. This is a powerful blessing for fame (AK, Sun involved) and high position. It shows great political acumen and a champion of the poor (Saturn), modern Robin Hood.
(B) Moon, Mars, Ketu and Rāhu are vargottama but Mars and Ketu are ill-placed in the 12th house in the rāśi chart which is bad for the first marriage as it cannot last for more than 3 years and they are also placed in the 8th house in the navāṁśa which shows a dangerous death for every odd numbered spouse (1st, 3rd, 5th …etc).
(C) Jupiter is ill-placed in 5th house in debility and is also retrograde which although helpful for him personally (nīcabhañga in 3rd chance), is not good for spouse or mother (7th and 4th lordship) and children (5th house, significator). Such a position of Jupiter invariably makes one an atheist.
In 1925 he was moved to St. Xavier’s School (when in 2nd grade) in Mercury antardaśā of Moon daśā. Mercury is the lord of siddhāṁśa lagna and is in Scorpio thereby allowing the starting of education in Mars antardaśā but when his own sub-period came, he choose what was to be formative school of Jyoti Basu. Mercury is all the more powerful as it conjoins the ātmakāraka Venus in rājayoga besides being the lord of the day and the lagna. He makes Jyoti Basu a perfectionist.
Fig: Siddhāṁśa Chart – Jyoti Basu
After completing his senior Cambridge in 1931 (Mars daśā Jupiter antardaśā) Jyoti Basu joined the Presidency College. He completed his undergraduate education in English (Honors) in 1935 even though he preferred the last row with his friend Rahman (as should be expected during the daśā of a dire malefic Mars in the last house of the chart).
With the advent of Rāhu daśā everything was to change as Rāhu is the 6th lord vargottama in Aquarius which is the 6th house. This gives all sorts of successes and ambition as it aspects the 10th house Sun in digbala. Its position in the 12th house in siddhāṁśa indicates that it would encourage foreign residence (12th house) for education (siddhāṁśa). However the subject would be decided by the 2nd lord of siddhāṁśa which is Venus and it is conjoined the lawmaker Jupiter. In Rāhu daśā Rāhu antardaśā Jyoti Basu travelled to England for higher education in Law. He attended lectures of Harold Laski in late 1930s.
He stayed in England du ring the antardaśā of Rāhu and Jupiter in Rāhu daśā. Jupiter is bādhakeśa and in movable sign encourages foreign stay. By end 1939 he had completed his studies and qualified as a Barrister at the Middle Temple.
Jyoti Basu made an early advent in politics with his efforts to organize the Indian students studying in United Kingdom. He joined the India League and London Majlis, both organizations being communities of overseas Indian students with interest in Indian Independence. With the advent of Jupiter antardaśā in 1938 Basu was given the responsibility for arranging a meeting with Jawaharlal Nehru during Nehru’s visit to London. After Subhas Chandra Bose went to England Jyoti Basu was able to organize the meeting with Nehru. He played a brilliant role in introducing visiting Indian political figures to the leaders of Labour Party thereby gaining considerable political mileage on his own. Jupiter joining the vargottama Moon in the 5th house definitely opened doors that gave crucial political connections. What is more important is the dasāṁśa (D10 chart) where Jupiter is the dispositor of the lagneśa Venus and must make career related initiatives. Its conjunction with Saturn shows communist leanings. The influence of the communist Moon (Capricorn vargottama Moon – see charts of China) cannot be ignored as this was to be the lasting influence. Jyoti Basu was introduced to the Communist Party of Great Britain by another communist leader and friend Bhupesh Gupta. Jyoti Basu may have shown interest to join CPGB but the then Secretary General Harry Pollitt advised against it perhaps because CPCB was banned in India.
On 1st January 1940 Jyoti Basu returned to Bombay, India in 1940 and was soon reunited with his family at Calcutta. His parents vehemently opposed the idea of his joining the communist movement in India, more so since it was banned. Jyoti Basu made contacts with the Communist Party of India (CPI) leadership and made his way to join the party. The combination of Sun and Saturn in the tenth house shows that his work will not find favor with his father and maybe seen by some as going against father’s wishes. Saturn gives the results of the digbala Sun.
In about two weeks of his return to Calcutta, on 20 Jan 1940 he was married to Basanti Ghosh (nickname – Chabi). The event happened in Rāhu daśā Jupiter antardaśā Venus pratyantara. In the navāṁśa Jupiter is placed in the 7th house from kārakāṁśa (Venus is AK in Pisces navāṁśa). Planets placed in 7th house will surely give marriage as they show unfulfilled marriage karma from a previous incarnation. However Mars and Ketu in 12th house in rāśi chart (3 year block) without any planets in 8th house, and in navāṁśa Mars and Ketu in 8th house are very dangerous for life of spouse. On May 11, 1942, Basanti Basu died (3rd year of marriage) of typhoid. Venus as ātmakāraka does show some suffering pertaining to relationships and marriage. This event happened in Rāhu daśā Saturn antardaśā Venus pratyantara. Saturn is in 8th house from kārakāṁśa and is also 2nd lord of navāṁśa showing second marriage. The Sun as 8th lord of navāṁśa should have killed but will not do so when in exalted navāṁśa. Then this is delegated to 10th lord Venus, which is also exalted and the planet in 10th house, opposite the Sun is Saturn. Saturn prefers the 2nd marriage as it is also 2nd lord whereas first marriage is given by Moon (mother). This mother connection with wife is a strange mapping showing up. Death of such a young bride Basanti was a great shock to Jyoti Basu’s mother who passed away a few months later in the same antardaśā. Rāhu and Saturn are lords of 5th house (2nd from 4th house ruling mother in dvādaśāṁśa D12 chart). Treat the 4th house as mother’s lagna. Rāhu is in the 8th house and Saturn is in the 6th house conjoining maraṇa karaka Venus.
Upapada (UL): UL is in Aries in 8th house with Mars in 12th house afflicted by Ketu indicating a sudden shock. It is also placed in 12th house from āruḍha lagna (Taurus) and is considered weak. Venus is the lord of 2nd from UL and although strong in position, it is hemmed in a powerful pāpakartari yoga between Sun and Saturn behind it and Mars and Ketu ahead of it. It is quite a terrible squeeze which resulted in the early loss of spouse. Mars would not be as bad as Saturn as it rules the UL. Second marriage is seen from Scorpio and both Mars and Ketu favour this UL2. Mars aspects this sign making it strong. It also has two benefic planets Mercury and Venus in trines and all benefics aspect it by rāśi dṛṣṭi. Second marriage was sure to happen as Rāhu was vargottama in Aquarius which is second house in navāṁśa. Jyoti Basu married Kamala Devi on Dec 5, 1948 in Venus antardaśā of Rāhu daśā.
We are examining children from second marriage and need to see the 9th house from UL2 (second Upapada). This sign is Cancer with Mercury (boy) and Venus (girl) in it – two children indicated in this marriage. Method (2): Fifth lord Saturn gains 4 navāṁśa (Gemini rāśi – Libra navāṁśa) of which the intervening signs Cancer and Leo are not comfortable – count them out. Virgo is the first pregnancy in second marriage and Libra is second pregnancy. Method (3): The fifth house from Jupiter is Taurus which is unoccupied and its lord Venus is Cancer with Mercury – same planets again indicating two children. Method (4): Fifth house from Lagna has two planets Jupiter and Moon indicating two children. Jupiter is retrograde indicating that the child may come and go i.e. maybe lost after birth.
Finally, the saptāṁśa will indicate the children. There were no pregnancies in the first marriage, therefore we treat second marriage as the first fruitful marriage and see first pregnancy in 9th house (lagna is even sign Pisces). Mars and Ketu are both in the 9th house and this is conjoined the 6th lord Sun. In male nativities, the 6th lord is responsible for death of child. On Aug 31, 1951 in Rāhu daśā Moon antardaśā Rāhu pratyantara, his wife Kamala gave birth to a baby girl at Sishumangal Hospital, Calcutta. A few days later the baby died of diarrhoea and dehydration.
Second pregnancy is seen from 7th lord Mercury which is in 12th house Aquarius and should have been a girl child. However Mercury has a a parivartana yoga with its dispositor Saturn in Gemini indicating change of estimation – a boy shall be born instead. Kamala gave birth to Subhabrata (Chandan) Basu on 12th September 1952 in Rāhu daśā Moon antardaśā Venus pratyantara.
Contesting the Railway constituency, Jyoti Basu was elected to the Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1946 in Rāhu daśā Mercury antardaśā. Mercury is the lord of 5th house in dasāṁśa in addition to all its prowess in rāśi chart. Thereafter, he was Secretary, West Bengal Provincial Committee of Communist Party of India (1952 – 57). Jupiter daśā started in November 1953 and was not going to be very helpful for him as it is neither very well placed in rāśi chart nor is it a strong benefactor in the dasāṁśa. As the 8th lord of dasāṁśa Jupiter will always pull him a few notches lower than what he deserves. However, it cannot deny the continuity of rājayoga for two reasons – (1) it is the dispositor of lagneśa Venus and (2) it is in the 2nd house conjoined the yogakāraka tenth lord Saturn.
It is a noteworthy fact that ever since the West Bengal Assembly was started, he was elected to it till his retirement in 1999. He was elected to West Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1952, 1957, 1962,1967, 1969, 1971, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1991 and 1996. There was a small gap in this unbroken string of victories, between 1972 – 77 when Siddhartha Shankar Ray was leading the Congress and he was defeated in elections, communists still say that ‘the election was rigged by Congress Party’ (bad losers). He was clever to retain his Barranagar Assembly seat upto 1971 and then after the first taste of defeat (1972-77), in 1977 he changed his constituency and contested from Satgachia, South 24 Parganas.
The entire period of Jupiter daśā (1953 – 69) was one big struggle for power in Bengal but for the most time he had to contend as the leader of the opposition. He served as the Leader of Opposition for a decade (1957 – 67). His admirable eloquence both as an M.L.A and the Leader of Opposition drew the attention of Dr. B.C Roy and he had a strong affection for this young leader though his stand was completely against the policies of the then State Govt. run by Dr. Roy. Jyoti Basu was a master at organizing agitations and would agitate at the fall of a hat.
At the very end of Jupiter daśā, in last Rāhu antardaśā, he finally succeeded. Rāhu is too strong in the chart being vargottama in own sign and is also the co-lord of 10th house (power, position) in dasāṁśa chart. This co-lordship with Saturn joining Jupiter indicates political power will have to be shared. In this antardaśā of Rāhu Jyoti Basu was Deputy Chief Minister in the United Front governments after defeating the Congress Party. First under Prafulla Chandra Ghosh (November 2, 1967 to February 20, 1968) and later under Ajoy Mukherjee of the Bangla Congress (February 25, 1969 to March 19, 1970). It is noteworthy that both times the power came when the Sun was transiting Aquarius, the sign occupied by vargottama Rāhu in February. This was the start of the rājayoga.
Saturn is a yogakāraka for the dasāṁśa but is conjoined Jupiter indicating that the first part of its daśā will see a predominance of the results of Jupiter. In the rāśi chart Saturn joins the Sun in the 10th house to promise a powerful rājayoga but the first part shall be the opposite as Sun and Saturn are enemies and Sun is also the lord of the 12th house (fall from position) whose result Saturn will have to yield. In Saturn daśā Saturn antardaśā (1972) Congress Party returned to power in West Bengal under the stewardship of Siddhartha Shankar Roy. One big casualty in the Congress juggernaut was Jyoti Basu who was defeated from Baranagar and complained about unprecedented rigging. Then Indira Gandhi’s blunder of emergency led to the fall of the Congress. The whole picture becomes very clear if we use dasāṁśa Nārāyaṇa daśā.
|Nārāyaṇa Daśā of D-10 chart|
|Ar: 1914-07-08 – 1922-07-08
Ta: 1922-07-08 – 1929-07-08
Ge: 1929-07-08 – 1939-07-08
Cn: 1939-07-08 – 1949-07-08
Le: 1949-07-08 – 1956-07-08
Vi: 1956-07-08 – 1961-07-08
Li: 1961-07-08 – 1963-07-08
Sc: 1963-07-08 – 1964-07-08
Sg: 1964-07-08 – 1970-07-08
Cp: 1970-07-08 – 1977-07-08
Aq: 1977-07-08 – 1985-07-08
Pi: 1985-07-08 – 1994-07-08
|Ar: 1994-07-08 – 1998-07-08
Ta: 1998-07-08 – 2003-07-09
Ge: 2003-07-09 – 2005-07-08
Cn: 2005-07-08 – 2007-07-09
Le: 2007-07-09 – 2012-07-08
Vi: 2012-07-08 – 2019-07-09
Li: 2019-07-09 – 2029-07-08
Sc: 2029-07-08 – 2040-07-08
Sg: 2040-07-08 – 2046-07-09
Cp: 2046-07-09 – 2051-07-09
Aq: 2051-07-09 – 2055-07-09
Pi: 2055-07-09 – 2058-07-09
From June 21, 1977 to November 6, 2000, Basu served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the Left Front government. This great rājayoga started with Saturn daśā Venus antardaśā and continued through Mercury daśā till the advent of Jupiter antardaśā when he let go of active office. Jupiter is the 8th lord in dasāṁśa and will encourage retirement. In the Nārāyaṇa daśā of the dasāṁśa, this unhindered rājayoga started from Aquarius daśā in 1977 and continued through Pisces, Aries and Taurus. It was in Taurus that he relinquished the position in favour of Buddhadev Bhattacharya. Venus the lord of Taurus is in the 8th house of retirement. Jyoti Basu cited health reasons which is correctly indicated by lagneśa Venus in 8th house (Taurus Nārāyaṇa daśā).
In 1996 (Mercury daśā Moon antardaśā) Jyoti Basu seemed all set to be the consensus leader of the United Front for the post of Prime Minister of India. However, the CPI(M) Politburo decided not to participate in the government, a decision that Jyoti Basu later has correctly termed ‘a historic blunder’. Had his party stood by him then he would have been the Prime Minister of India instead of H.D. Deve Gowda from the Janata Dal and history would have taken an altogether different turn. As of 2010, Jyoti Basu holds the record for being the longest-serving Chief Minister in Indian political history which is a very big feat for a multi-party democracy like India having so many linguistic groups, castes and sections. The party continued to give him a place till about 2008 and his counsel was sought on many occasions.
On January 1, 2010, Basu was admitted to a Calcutta hospital after feeling unwell and started battling pneumonia. His health condition turned critical with signs of multiple organ “involvement” On the eighth day on Friday, AIIMS doctors at Delhi endorsed the line of treatment. A bronchoscopy conducted on him revealed that Aceneto Bactro bacteria was the primary cause of the infection. The doctors believed that with the identification of the particular bacteria, he will be treated with the appropriate antibiotics to counter the bacteria. However, we felt differently and have mentioned this in an email sent to the jyotiṣa lists. We hope he recovers but that is doubted.
The birth data of Jyoti Basu is: Jyoti Basu, July 8, 1914; 10:15:00 am > Cp navamsa with Moon [The Communist stamp]; Time Zone: 5:30:00 (East of GMT); Place: Calcutta, India (88 E 22′, 22 N 34′)
Two other birth times are given by astrologers –
•Birth time of 10.45 am = Pisces navāṁśa lagna with AK Ven in it
•Birth time of 10.50 am = Aries navāṁśa lagna with AK Ven in 12H
Our views are –
1.Saturn trines Āruḍha in Vṛṣabha
2.Sun trines the mṛtyu pada A8 in Sagittarius
3.Ketu daśā Guru antardaśā is on
4.Makara śūla daśā with Rudra yoga is on … hope they don’t try any operations
5.12 Jan 2010 is trayodaśī and Tuesday and Vṛṣabha Lagna is from about 2-4 pm
NOTE: Jyoti Basu passed close to this date