Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


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


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

A Call for Reason

In a companion article titled `A Historic Choice I have outlined the significance of the Maharashtra Ordinance XIV of 2013 against black magic, and the need for concerted efforts of citizens to make sure that it is passed into a law. This emergency ordinance was cleared by the cabinet of the state of Continue reading

India Facing Ongoing Assault on Scientific Temper

Earlier this year, the All India Peoples Science Network (AIPSN) called for observing August 20 asNational Scientific Temper Day (NSTD), in order to commemorate the cold-blooded murder of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, well known campaigner against superstition and for scientific temper, on that day in 2013. To the horror of the nation, the original Continue reading

Six Possible Scientific Reasons for Ghosts

If you believe in ghosts, you are far from alone. Around 45% of Americansbelieve in ghostsand as many as 18% of people will go so far as to say they have hadcontact with a ghost. I will also admit to spooking myself out on occasion when my dog has refused to stop barking Continue reading

What Can Science Learn from Religion? Steven Pinker on Religious Beliefs & Rituals

On Sunday February 3 theNew York Timesran anOpinion Editorial by David DeSteno, a professor of psychology at North-eastern University, Boston who studies the ways in which emotions guide decisions and behaviors fundamental to social living. The essay argues that scientists have much to learn from religious traditions because they offer a rich store Continue reading

Five Ways Our Brains Are Wired To Make Bad Choices, and How to Correct Them

Blame your brain

I like to think of myself as a rational person, but Im not one. The good news is its not just me or you. We are all irrational.

For a long time, researchers and economists believed that humans made logical, well-considered decisions. In recent decades, however, Continue reading

These Mysteries Puzzled Us Forever, But Science Solved Them

Humans love making up unbelievably-intriguing and mysterious stories about ghosts, sea monsters, animate objects, and alien invasions. The list goes on, and I must admit that I love reading these scary legends and stories myself, from time to time.

However, what excitesme even more than scary stories is when I learn Continue reading