UPDATE: Times Of India first deleted the blog from their website after the exposé by Alt News and later restored it with a disclaimer. Here’s the original text of the TOI blog => http://archive.is/Xge6M.
A blog titled “Nostradamus and India” has been published on the Times of India website on March 28, 2017. Francois Gautier, the author of this blog, claims to have chanced upon some hidden manuscripts according to which Nostradamus predicted that a supreme leader will be born in the state of Gujarat and his first name would be Narendrus (Narendra). Fracois Gautier claims that these manuscripts were discovered in 2012. He writes:
So, in 2012, some Nostradamus specialist discovered an old trunk which had these magical pronouncements. The only problem with this claim is that in the 51st volume of RSS weekly magazine Organiser published in 1999, it is claimed that “an old trunk” was discovered just last month by “hopeless hinduphile Francois Gautier” and according to the manuscripts, it was Nostradamus who had founded RSS 400 years ago.
In fact, the “old trunk” has been found at least two times in the books that Francois Gautier has himself authored according to a search on Google Books.
In fact, Francois Gautier has discovered the “old trunk” so many times over that it is difficult to keep track. He discovered it in his 2009 blog titled “Nostradamus and Saffron”. And then again in his 2014 blog titled “Nostradamus and 2014” elections. And the latest discovery of the “old trunk” happened on March 28, 2017 on the TOI blog. In fact, everytime Mr Gautier discovers this old trunk, the contents inside the trunk seem to change magically. The Nostradamus predictions coming out of this same “old trunk” vary from Nostradamus actually having founded RSS to Narendra Modi, the supreme leader of India, being born in Gujarat.
Be that as it may, let us also look at some of the passages that Mr Gautier has posted in the TOI article. One of the passages according to Mr Gautier relates to a possibility of an Indo-Pakistan nuclear war. The following is the passage quoted in the TOI article.
One of them relates to a possible Indo-Pakistani nuclear war:
XXIX : Le Griffon Indes se peut aprester
Pour à l’ennemy résister,
Et renforcer bien son armée,
Autrement l’Elephant viendra
Qui d’un abord le surprendra,
Six cens et huict, mer enflammée.
“The eagle India should get ready and reinforce its army,
Otherwise the Elephant (Pakistan) will surprise her
By putting to flame its people and the sea”
As it turns out, a quick google search is all that was needed to establish that this passage posted in TOI is a modified version and not original. The word “Indes” signifying India is not in the original passage and was a creation of Mr Gautier’s mind.
Let’s look at the next passage posted by Mr Gautier in the TOI blog.
De ciel & terre tenir la Monarchie,
D’Asie forces nul ne verra peries,“Hindus will reign from 2014 onwards
They will rule heaven and earth
Nobody will resist them in Asia”
Yet another quick google search again tells us that even this passage has been modified from its original version. The original passage has the word “Hesperies” instead of “Hindoos”.
One can see how Mr Gautier’s writings are purely a figment of his imagination and has got nothing to do with reality. He takes content from one place, changes a couple of words and prolaims a new prophecy by Nostradamus, one which has been found from that same “old trunk” that he has discovered multiple times in the last 18 years. Let’s look at the next passage.
Patrus Theus boutiqus, studium bonus est
Namusprimum narendus est“The supreme leader of India will be born in the state of Gujarat
His father will sell tea in a shop
His first name will be narendus (Narendra)”
Now a google search would reveal that an equivalent of this passage is not available on the Internet, not documented anywhere, even in parts. But, Mr Gautier being Mr Gautier, he always leaves a few gaping holes. In a 2014 blog on his own website, he claims:
In 2014, Nostradamus used to like to call Narendra Modi as “Narendrum Modum” and in 2017 he likes to call PM Modi as “narendrus”. It doesn’t end there. In 2014, he claimed that Vajpayee, Advani and Modi will be the pillars. In a 2009 blog on his own website, he had claimed that AB Vajpayee, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will be the three pillars. He had written and I quote:
So, from Murli Manohor Joshi as the pillar in 2009 to Narendra Modi as the pillar in 2014 to Narendra Modi as the supreme leader of India in 2017, Mr Gautier has been conveniently changing the prophecies that come out of that “old trunk” based on the prevalent political climate. Yet, such blatant lies are given space in Indian media outlets without any verification. After the TOI blog, BJP Channel Zee News dutifully published this bit of ‘news’.
Soon enough, various websites will publish this fiction as it is and share it via their social media accounts to scores of people and something that is patently false will become the reality for those who are not discernible enough. Thus, keeps rolling the fake news industry in India.
Independent journalism that speaks truth to power and is free of corporate and political control is possible only when people start contributing towards the same. Please consider donating towards this endeavour to fight fake news and misinformation.