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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar

Editor

Prabhakar Nanawaty

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Scientific Temper

Science is progressing at breakneck speed. The notion that man can understand the rules of nature and use them for his own benefit is a recent one in history, and we are seeing the stunning results of this notion. On the one hand, science informs us of the structure of subatomic particles; on Continue reading

Breaking the Barriers – 25 years of Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Vartapatra (ANV)

Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Vartapatra (ANV) is not just a house journal trumpeting the achievements and programs of Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, a movement lead by Late Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra. ANV is also a need we feel within us, of a desire to know and/or act in the path of rational thinking.

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Role of Atheist and Rationalist Literature in Social Change

“. . . There were 113,11,50,000 nonreligious people in the world in 2010, and that number is expected to increase to 123,03,40,000 by the year 2020.”

Free Inquiry

Atheist Centre is immensely happy that Maharastra Andhshraddha Nirmoolan Samitee is organizing the Second Andh Shraddha Nirmulan Sahitya Sammelan on Continue reading

Karnataka dithers over law against superstition

Despite expressing its intent to pass a law to prevent superstitious practices at the start of its term in 2013, the Congress government in Karnataka remains undecided on tabling a bill that would regulate superstitious practices that affect human dignity on account of the fear of a backlash from religious groups and lack Continue reading

Karnataka bows to mutts, dilutes superstition bill

The Karnataka government has done a volte-face again on the anti-superstition bill by removing some key practices, including Made Made Snana, from the list. Bowing to pressure from mutts and pontiffs, and much against the views of rationalists and progressive people, the state government dropped the practice of Made Made Snana (rolling over Continue reading

Like Ambedkar, Rohith had no nation

The suicide of Rohith Vemula is being met with two kinds of responses – while the Dalit and Progressive sections are calling it an ‘institutionalized murder’, where a Dalit boy was driven to suicide by the administration; the other response paints it as an individual act where caste had no role to play Continue reading

The Idea of India

As we welcome the New Year (2016) with hope and optimism, the events of the year gone by flash to our mind, those events which going to have influences in the times to come. We saw that the politics of the BJP led NDA government was practically marked by the controlling agenda of Continue reading

Unholy Nexus: Dabholkar-Pansare-Kalburgi murders

Bullet cartridges in the three killings suggest a common set of killers, accused Sameer Gaikwad and Rudra Patil likely to be commonly involved; Sanatan Prabhat the organ of Sanathan Sanstha has ‘marked’ out Dabholkar and Pansare as ‘targets’ yet the union home ministry tells Parliament that there are no connections?

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“I share bond with every writer who is wholeheartedly engaged in the cultural struggle”

(‘Pradnya Daya Pawar’is a renowned figure in Indian literature. There are very few writers who break the barriers laid down by the establishment to put forth visions and glimpses of a new world. Pradnya Pawar belongs to this category. She is a courageous writer who bravely puts forth the woman’s side in a Continue reading

While Propagating Rationalism

Why were Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Comrade Govind Pansare gunned down? Not because they had adopted an insular, narrow-minded stand against another such equally insular and narrow minded position; what angered the orthodox parochial people who wanted to eliminate them, on the contrary, was the comprehensive liberal stand that they adopted and propagated. Continue reading

Be an Enlightened Hindu: History of Hinduism is hidden in the Sacred Texts

The other day when pope held an all-religion meeting at the site of 9/11 Monument in New York City. A young Hindu woman uttered the following ancient Sūtra: Asato Ma Sat Gamaya, Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya. She interpreted this Sutra literally and inanely like everyone in India does, including great Sanskrit Continue reading

Caste Panchayat

Narendra Dabholkar, the founder of the ANS had started a campaign against the caste panchayats and had organised a series of meetings across the state under the program named ‘Jaat panchayat muthmati abhiyan’ (Caste Pancahayat Eradication Mission) . Dabholkar, held a series of meetings as part of this campaign at various places. Meetings Continue reading