Friday, 12 July 2013

V. K. Krishna Menon, 1896-1974 (Indian nationalist, diplomat and statesman)

* V. K. Krishna Menon ― described as the second most powerful man in India by Time magazine (after Jawaharlal Nehru) ― had a powerhouse combination of Jupiter in early Leo in the 8th House ruling his Ascendant at 29° Sagittarius in the last degree of the Leo decan. Moreover, Pluto quincunxes and rules Saturn in Scorpio on his Part of Fortune.


Vengalil Krishnan Krishna Menon (3 May 1896 – 6 October 1974) was noted for his eloquence, brilliance, and forceful, highly abrasive persona. Menon inspired widespread adulation and fervent detraction in both India and the West; to his supporters, he was an unapologetic champion of India in the face of Western imperialism, who famously “taught the white man his place”; to his Western detractors, “Nehru’s evil genius”. US President Dwight Eisenhower characterised him as “menace (…) governed by an ambition to prove himself the master international manipulator and politician of the age”, while Indian President K.R. Narayanan eulogised him as a truly great man; decades after his death, Menon remains an enigmatic and controversial figure.

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.


BIRTH DATA: Vengalil Krishnan Krishna Menon, 3 May 1896, 21:48 (9:48 p.m.) (-5:21), Calicut, India (11n15, 75e46). ASC: 29 Sagittarius. RR: AA (from famliy records quoted in a biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes T. J. S. George, Krishna Menon, A Biography (New York: Taplinger, 1965). p. 14: "V. K. Krishna Menon was born on May 3rd, 1896, at Panniankara in Calicut at 9.48 p.m. The birth was registered by the municipal authorities of Calicut. Some time later confusion crept into the records and today almost all available biographical references on him mention 1897 as his year of birth. Material put out by the Government of India itself has helped to establish the mistake. Menon's family records give precise details of the event. The karanavar of his father's household, Komathu Govinda Kurup, was a meticulous man who maintained a voluminous diary, notebook after notebook of family details written in Malayalam, his mother tongue, in a neat and steady hand on carefully lined pages. . . . in the entry under 25 Medam 1071 (Malayalam era), he wrote: 'Tonight at 7 o'clock a servant came from Vengalil house with information that nephew Kunji- Krishnan's wife Lakshmi Kutty gave birth to a male offspring on Sunday the 22nd of this month after sunset at 48 minutes past 9 o'clock under the sign of Uthratam."

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