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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar

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Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

Religion vs Religious Nationalism

The starting point for anti-Hindutva politics must be the distinction between Hinduism and Hindutva. Else, its doomed.

Any rigid secular approach, unrestrained by considerations of electoralpolitics,could only lead to disapproval of Congress president Rahul Gandhis demonstration of his religious faith and his characterisation of the Congress as a party of Hinduism. Continue reading

So much for Hindu Rashtra

While BJP trumpets Hindu nationalism in its election campaign, the question, Who are we? has been answered brilliantly by Tony Joseph in a new book, Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From. Elucidating new genetic studies that have revolutionised our ability to trace ancestry, Joseph shows that all Continue reading

Pseudoscience Drive Is More Than an Attack on Science

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has proposed a new textbook that will discuss the Indian knowledge system via a number of pseudoscientific claims about the supposed inventions and discoveries of ancient India,The Printreportedon September 26. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) signed off on the move, and the textbook Continue reading

Atheists New Perspective

On 20th August 2013, Narendra Dabholkar, a well-know atheist and anti-superstition campaigner, was shot dead by two unknown assailants, while he was out on a morning walk. On 30th August 2015,M. M. Kalburgi, a scholar and rationalist, was shot dead at his home. On 2nd July 2011, the house of U. Kalanathan, secretary Continue reading

Cutting off Superstition One Dreadlock at a Time

A belief that naturally matted hair is a blessing from goddesses and cutting them will invite misfortune is fueling the practice in parts of the state.

Eleven-year-oldHarshada Pingale, a class 6 student at a government school in Ghavar village 35 kms from Pune was hanging around her neighbours house one afternoon. Continue reading

Knowledge

Open the doors of Knowledge wide;

Brush the dust of Ignorance aside.

Let Truth shine bright on all mankind

And release the shackles of the mind.

 

Trample tradition underfoot,

Tear out Theology by the root;

Plant sane, clean thinking in its stead-

No more on Christian tales be fed.

 

Listen not to the Continue reading