i saw a bunch of posts on this blog about nostradamus' predictions.
personally i am not a big believer in nostradamus. his elliptical poetry can be construed any way the reader wants, and it is written in a deliberately oblique manner as he was under some threat from the authorities of the time.
also, francois gautier did a splendid two-stanza parody of nostradamus' old french a few years ago, and that may well be the source of all these bjp-will-win-and-hindus-will-reign assertions made by various people here.
if you go read the entire original nostradamus prophesy on the web (i have glanced through it) i dont think it mentions india at all.
this is what i said about nostradamus after 9/11:
Now that bashing astrology is so fashionable in certain Indian 'intellectual' circles, I thought I'd add the following little anecdote. I was thinking of Nostradamus's predictions about World War III when I got email from a friend that gave me the impetus to check it out on the Web. Here is what I found. Yes, of course, there is a lot of fanciful interpretation of what Nostradamus said, but isn't it entertaining? About an apocalyptic leader:
Out of the country of Greater Arabia
Shall be born a strong master of Mohammed...
He will enter Europe wearing a blue turban.
He will be the terror of mankind.
Never more horror.
Sound like Osama bin Laden (does he wear blue turbans)?
And when will all this happen?
In the year 1999 and seven months
From the sky will come the great King of Terror.
He will bring back to life the King of the Mongols;
Before and after war reigns.
We could always suggest that 1999 was a fanciful rendering of 2001: that is, 2000+1 depicted as 2000-1. And do remember that September did use to be the seventh month before January and February were added. The King of the Mongols might be the Chinese, with their support of the Sino-Islamic axis against the West, Russia and India.
The war will last seven and twenty years.
What is the first target of the war?
The sky will burn at forty-five degrees.
Fire approaches the great new city.
We have seen the fire in the sky, in the twin skyscrapers aflame. New York is at 41 degrees North latitude, not 45.
By fire he will destroy their city,
A cold and cruel heart,
Blood will pour,
Mercy to none.