Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

Is religion universal in human culture or an academic invention?

If anything seems self-evident in human culture, its the widespread presence of religion. People do religious stuff all the time; a commitment to gods, myths and rituals has been present in all societies. These practices and beliefs are diverse, to be sure, from Aztec human sacrifice to Christian baptism, but they appear to Continue reading

On Faith and Science

On Faith and Scienceis one of those books where the title says it all. Throughout the pages of this volume, the authors provide both historical and philosophical analyses of the interaction between science and religion within various fields of science. Ultimately, this book provides glimpse into the world of secular scholarship surrounding the Continue reading

Culture is not an excuse for oppressing women

The light in her eyes had gone out. She sat on her hands, her head bowed, apathetic. We were in asalle dcoutea listening roomin a dimly lit hut in a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. I was there as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, to prevent conflict-related sexual violence and Continue reading

The unreality of luck

Optimists believe in good luck, pessimists in bad. But if its all a matter of perspective, does luck even exist?

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a technical draughtsman for oil tankers when in the summer of 1945 his employer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries sent him to the Japanese city of Hiroshima for a lengthy Continue reading