This news story from India is doing rounds all over the internet:

Astrology is a science: Bombay HC

I agree and you should too; here’s why.

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The PIL was filed by an NGO, Janhit Manch that had sought action against ‘fake’ astrologers, tantriks, practitioners of Vastu shastra etc.

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The PIL had urged the authorities to ban articles, advertisements, episodes and practices promoting astrology and its related subjects like vastu, reiki, feng shui, tarot, palmistry, zodiac signs and rashifal.

If this was the scope of the PIL, then I don’t disagree with the verdict — although we could (and anyone should) disagree with the court on the reason. It is silly to ban astrologers or astrology. They are not committing a crime nor are they dishonouring any contract. Astrology differs from fraud because no astrologer provides a guarantee (explicit or implicit) for his predictions or analysis.

Banning astrology is a slippery slope. Next, there will be those who want to ban religion. I might disagree with religion but it certainly should not be banned.

And the key bit in the ruling, which commentators have ignored, is this:

“So far as prayer related to astrology is concerned, the Supreme Court has already considered the issue and ruled that astrology is science. The court had in 2004 also directed the universities to consider if astrology science can be added to the syllabus. The decision of the apex court is binding on this court,” observed the judges.

The Bombay HC — even if it wanted to — couldn’t rule against the Supreme Court.

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