(First published by Rupa & Co in 1991; 15 Bankim Chatterjee Street, Kolkata-700673)—First published in Great Britain in 1990 by Futura publications — 560 pages)
As a matter of interest, I picked up this book by Erika Cheetham from my library and wanted to know if the 'Great French Seer,' Nostradamus, had any idea of Corona or COVID-19. While reading “Century III,” I came across this quatrain LXXV (75). (A Century here means a chapter or a volume— there are 10 such chapters — each containing some 75-100 quatrains/verses). It made an interesting reading. May be, he had predicted this Corona menace in mid sixteenth century, Erika Cheetham though interprets as HIV or AIDS.
But one may ignore this because HIV and AIDS did not come out of China. It is Corona which has come from China which as per Nostradamus could be the "Distant Lands."
Quatrain: LXXV (75) Century III, Pages: 207
(I am giving the French language and translation in English by Erika Cheetham) Also see the photo copy of the quatrain at the end:—
Pau, , Verone , Vicence,Sarragegouffe, De Glaiues loings terroirs deFang humides; Pefte fi grandes Viendra a LaGrand Gouffe, Proche fecours E bien loing lesremedes.
Erika Cheetham Translates it as
Pau, Verona, Vicenza, Sara-gassa swords dripping with blood from distant lands. A very great plague will come in the “great shell” ( read Europe), relief near but remedies far away.
Erika Cheetham Gives an Explanation
All the cities here are in Europe and Nostradamus seems to indicate that a devastating "plague" will afflict them, "within the great shell." This might involve chemical warfare as used in Iran and Iraq (Erika Cheetham had this as the only example in 1990)
Erika Cheetham continues...
But I feel the last line is more important. The prefix “Fi Grandes” might apply to AIDS. (Again, author is writing in 1990) The relief so near for those who suffer it, “proche fecours” is probably the drug used to contain HIV - Positive condition, which can be maintained and stabilised for as long as five years. But unfortunately, the cure for either HIV - Infection or full-blown AIDS will be a long time arriving, “E Bien loing les remedes.”
Erika Cheetham contends that AZT IS an example of the drug used to contain it.
Erika Cheetham makes a revelation that line 2 indicates that there may be a war waged against Europe from a distant country. It is impossible to say from where. Nostradamus's guess is "China.”
Erika Cheetham made this interpretation in the year 1989 — when there were no signs of such a biological virus being developed. But the behaviour and conduct of Corona or COVID- 19 gives an indication that Nostradamus might be referring to this disease or may be yet another more dangerous disease in the future . However , at the moment, Corina seems to be the interpretation of this Nostradamus quatrain No LXXV of Century III.
Colonel Rajinder Kushwaha is an ex-NDA, commissioned into the 3 Bihar Regiment in June 1971 and was the Commanding Officer of same unit in insurgency environs in Assam between 1990-93. Has vast experience in CI Ops from North East to Punjab and J&K and has held distinct appointments. He is a prolific writer-cum-critic on defence and security matters and a regular contributor at the renowned 'Fauji India' magazine. He has authored the book, 'Kashmir: A Different Perspective.' His second book on Assam, 'The ULFA Insurgency' was published in April 2018. His third book of short stories, 'Life in My Times,' containing tit bits on militancy and terrorism, is scheduled for release in March 2020. You may read Col. Kushwaha's further work at: https://faujiindia.in
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