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Cracker-Free Diwali Festival, 2016

Feed back received from Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANS) activists indicate that there has been tremendous response from school going children from all over Maharashtra to say NO emphatically to crackers during Diwali festival this year. In fact ANS has initiated this movement of environmental protection right from 2006. ANS activists have taken this Continue reading

Evidence: It Worked for My Aunt Tillie Is Not Enough

I had a friend who used all kinds of questionable treatments including homeopathy. I asked her how she decided what to try. She said if a friend told her something had worked for him, and if it didnt seem dangerous, she would try it. That was all the evidence she needed. She didnt Continue reading

In Defence of Rationalism

What is Rationalism?

In Epistemology (the branch of philosophy studying the nature, sources and limits of knowledge) Rationalism is the theory that reason rather than experience is the foundation of certainty in knowledge. Those who accept rationalism in this epistemological sense assert that knowledge is gained a priori (prior to experience) Continue reading

Bhagavad Gita: Another critical perspective

The bookThe Role Of The Bhagavad Gita In Indian Lifewas written by Premnath Bazaz (a Kashmiri Pandit and freedom fighter). I have searched high and dry for this book with no success so far. There are really very few works that take a critical and dissenting look at the Bhagavad Gita (BG). The Continue reading

More Truths about the Bhagavad Gita

Let me assume hypothetically that Mahabharat is real history and Krishna was a god in human form:

Gitopadesh and Reality check

When we discuss the Gita, the thing that strikes us at the outset is that the occasion and place for preaching of the Gita was highly inappropriate for Continue reading

Mahesh Yogi and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankars first major tryst with organised spirituality was a lecture by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who took an immediate shine to him. The next thing he knew, he was whisked off to Switzerland and found himself travelling the world with his guru.

Sri Sri recalled his days with Mahesh Yogi as Continue reading

Osho on Mother Teresa

The politicians and the priests have always been in deep conspiracy, they have divided man. The politician rules the outside and the priest rules the inside: the politician the exterior and the priest the interior. They are joined in a deep conspiracy against humanitythey may not even be aware of what they are Continue reading

Rationalists and the idea of India

M.M. Kalburgi, former vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Karnataka, renowned author and opponent of idol worship, was shot dead by two unidentified men on 30 Aug (2015). Indian rationalists have been physically attacked in recent months by Hindu extremists, who would rather kill off people with whom they disagree than debate their ideas. Continue reading

How Come Some People Believe in the Paranormal?

I loved magic shows when I was a kid. I remember being absolutely fascinated by mysterious events and the possibility that some of us might possess supernatural powers such as the ability to read minds, get a glimpse of the future, or, perhaps, suddenly port into another dimension. The human mind is a Continue reading

Confusions around term Hindutva

On October 25 (2016) the seven member Supreme Court Bench started hearing to revisit Hindutva cases. These are group of cases where the use of term Hindutva-Hinduism to be used during elections is to be opined. One such case was that of Manohar Joshi who in his election speech said that if he Continue reading

Hinduism and the political project of Hindutva

As the Supreme Court considers aspects of the debate between religion and politics and what constitutes a violation of the founding principles of the Representation of the People Act, attention has been drawn to a 3-judge bench of the Supreme Court, which 21 years ago (December 11, 1995) famously spoke of Hinduism or Continue reading

A Way of Thinking

Sagan: Its not that pseudoscience and superstition and new-age (so called) beliefs and fundamentalist zealotry are something new. Theyve been with us for as long as weve been human. But, we live in an age based on science and technology with formidable technological powers.

Interviewer: Science and technology are propelling us Continue reading