Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

The Phenomenon of Satya Sai Baba

As the dust after the death of Satya Sai Baba has largely settled, it is time to evaluate him, his work and its implications, objectively and unemotionally, for there is a good deal to be learnt from his life and death.

His rise to fame from an ordinary, even humble background, Continue reading

Bhagwan Satya Sai: Faith Marginalizes Reason

The death of Satya Sai Baba, April 24th 2011, has created a big turmoil, not only amongst his followers but also amongst those who had more mundane things to look after, like law and order, visit of VVIP’s to Puthaparthi etc. Bhajans (devotional songs) to mourn his death are being held all over Continue reading

India would have been a better place without Sathya Sai Baba

When Sathya Sai Baba died this morning (24 April 2011) at the age of 85 years, he proved once again that miracles and predictions fail. He had predicted at a public gathering at his head quarters in Puttaparthy, in 2000, and repeatedly many times, that he would die at the age of 96 Continue reading

Baba Ramdev: Yogi or Commissar?

Baba Ramdev has been probably most successful of God men of recent times. He claims to have a following of over a billion people. There are an infinite number of people claiming that his yoga therapy and medicines work wonders for their health. Baba in a short span of time has built a Continue reading

Is Baba Ramdev a Yogi?

Baba Ramdev who contorts his body into difficult positions is looked upon as a Yogi by the media and public. A person who simply has the capacity to twist his body into difficult asanas or postures cannot be called a Yogi when the root meaning of the word signifies an enlightened individual who Continue reading

The Risk of Heresy: Why I am not Celebrating with Anna Hazare

At the risk of heresy, let me express my profound unease at the crescendo of euphoria surrounding the ‘Anna Hazare + Jan Lokpal Bill’ phenomenon as it has unfolded on Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and across several hysterical TV stations over the last few days.

This time around, I have to say Continue reading

Kawach Television

New Delhi : That’s the other K-channel on Indian TV, where theatrical babas and washed-up actors sell viewers elaborate amulets and a few false hopes

“Are people falling ill around you? Does no prospective groom like your daughter? Is your field yielding a poor harvest? Think it’s all just written in Continue reading

Paranormal investigations: Why you want to believe?

FOR the past 20 years, I have immersed myself in the paranormal – the weird world where people claim they can predict the future, summon spirits and move objects with their minds. I have tested telepaths, spent sleepless nights in haunted castles and even attempted to talk with the dead. Each time the Continue reading

Woes of Creation: Deepak Chopra

On Thursday, March 31, Deepak Chopra and I squared off for a second time in person in a public venue, this time accompanied by the physicist Leonard Mlodinow on my side and Stuart Hameroff on his side (along with other panelists). The question on the table was this:

“Is there an Continue reading

Dr Dabholkar’s Interview with Indian Express Staff

I’m fighting against religious practices that are 5,000 years old. I am asking people to rethink. European nations started doing this about 400 years ago, we did after Independence… but still this thought is not encouraged,” said Narendra Dabholkar, the founder-president of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, who was instrumental in fighting the Kolhapur Continue reading

Gopal Ganesh Agarkar : Rationalist, Secularist and Social Reformer

Gopal Ganesh Agarkar’s (1856-95) ideas mark the apex of the secular rationalist trend during renaissance of nineteenth century Maharashtra. Arvind Ganashari’s book, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, the Secular Rationalist Reformer, clearly highlights the achievements of a remarkable personality who deeply influenced the national intellectual current.

In one of the essays on Agarkar, Continue reading

Prize in the sky

Prize in the sky: The Templeton Foundation rewards “spiritual progress,” but what the heck is that?

Is there such a thing as a spiritual fact? Finding? Discovery? Something roughly analogous to, say, the discovery of gravity? X-rays? Photosynthesis? The double helix?

This question is brought to mind by the Continue reading