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Chief Minister's `prescience' or reading of history?

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CHENNAI: Is it prescience or a diligent reading of history?

Welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries including Ministers, senior civil servants and academicians for the inauguration of the Tamil Nadu Equitable Growth Initiative on Wednesday, the Chief Secretary, N. Narayanan, said that at a recent meeting, the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, told him to keep ready the flood relief machinery as there would be bountiful rain this year, when he expressed concerns about rainfall and agricultural prospects.

He said "Today, I realise how prescient the Chief Minister was."

But, the Chief Minister, in her response, said it was not really prescience but "just a diligent reading" of history.

Her explanation: Going by the Tamil almanac, which has a 60-year cycle, the current year was Parthiba Aandu.

"In the past, whenever this Parthiba Aandu has occurred once in 60 years, there has always been plentiful rainfall in Tamil Nadu. So, that is the secret of my prescience," she remarked.

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