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Are Reason and Religion Mutually Exclusive?

Contemporary Western liberals often assume that theological and political worldviews are competing discourses. Religion, when it enters the political arena, is cast as just another ideology vying for power. But treating the theological and the political as warring forces stops us from looking at the more surprising ways that they interact and inform Continue reading

She didn’t see it coming: psychic arrested for $800,000 fraud

Psychic Zoe has not had a very good week. On 9 May the fortune-teller, whose real name is Ann Thompson, was arrested by theNew YorkPoliceDepartment on suspicion of defrauding clients out of over $800,000. Youd think she might have had a premonition thepolicewould be knocking at her door but, alas, the future isnt Continue reading

FROM E-MAIL BOX

Dearrespected Narlikar Saheb,

This is with reference to your article Science should have the last word appeared in The Hindu of 17 Feb 2018.

I wish to draw Your attention to your letter to me dated .2 Nov 2006 “Thanks for your letter. I always wonder why the defenders Continue reading

Because I Am a Girl, I Must Study

A father asks his daughter: Study? Why should you study? I have sons aplenty who can study. Girl, why should you study?

The daughter tells her father: Since you ask, heres why I must study. Because I am a girl, I must study.

Long denied this right, I must study For my dreams to take Continue reading

Science should have the last word

A few years ago, I was at an international conference in Delhi which dealt with important issues arising from changes brought about by the rapid progress ofscience and technology.As the meeting progressed, with international experts highlighting the action needed in various fields, I began to feel uncomfortable, much like a diner at a Continue reading

With Ministers like These, Every Day Must Be Science Day

February 28 is not Indias first Science Day in 2018. In fact, its the fourth.

The first Science Day was on January 20, when Satyapal Singh, minister of state for Human Resource Development (HRD), said Charles Darwin was wrong and scientists from around the country rose up in measured frustration against Continue reading

What It Means to Reject Evolution, in the Words of a 1982 Judgment

Therecent commentby Satyapal Singh, the Union minister of state for human resource development, that evolution is unscientific, takes a different tack on science than that of the saffron science brigade. The difference is that the votaries of saffron science have been going to the extent of attributing modern discoveries and insights to ancient Continue reading

The Karnataka Anti-Superstition Act and its Impact

Karnataka is the second state to think of passing a law to curb some of the most dangerous and anti-human practices related to irrational beliefs. Having worked in the field to eradicate superstitions over the past four decades in Karnataka, it is time for me to put down a few opinions on this Continue reading

Charwak Darshan; The most vilified philosophy

Charwaks were accused of being thoughtless and self-indulgent and to support this allegation an oft repeated but distorted saying of the Charwaks was -‘eat ghee even if you have to incur debt’ as quoted in the ‘Sarvadarshan Sangraha’ – a book in which all philosophies are brought together. But the original Charwak saying Continue reading

Hindutva calling itself a version of Hinduism is problematic

At the vanguard of present day studies of Indian history, Professor Romila Thapar has always recognised history as a dynamic discipline, a continuous dialogue between the past and present. The author of several insightful books, she is now the subject of a new book,Talking History, published by Oxford University Press. In the book Continue reading

Treated ‘worse than animals’:

Thousands of Indian women feared trapped in ashrams

Neither the din of traffic nor the roar of aircraft from a nearby airport could blot out the screams neighbours say they regularly heard from the apartment building in west Delhi.

On Saturday, on the second floor of the unassuming complex in Mohan Continue reading

The Madness of Honor Killing

What makes people murder their own children for the sake of reputation?

In the UK, one of the main news items at the moment is the trial of the parents of a teenage girl called Shafilea Ahmed. They have been charged with murdering their daughter after she refused to go through with an Continue reading