Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

Beating Irrationality, Inequality and Fear

I feel greatly privileged in being asked to deliver the fourth Premanand Memorial lecture. I have had the privilege of knowing Premanand from the eighties when I was in CCMB. I have had the pleasure of interacting with him on several occasions in the intervening years. The last I spoke to him Continue reading

Project: Khol Jadu Ka Pol

Paranormal Powers and the Baba Jees

Atta Ul Haq Qasmi, a prominent Urdu columnist, has written a piece in a national daily introducing a “handsome young man” named Professor Abdulah Bhatti who possesses supernatural powers. Qasmi Sahib claims to have experienced these powers himself and further gives credence to the “Professor” by Continue reading

Disenchanting India: An Overview of Rationalism

India is not only a land of religion, superstition and blind beliefs, but also atheism, rationalism, humanism, skepticism and agnostics. It is a land of enlightenment, philosophical quest for truth and practical application of (rationalistic) principles for common good…..

Dr. G. Vijayam

While reading above quotation, one will wonder whether it is Continue reading

Evolution of a Patriotic New Avatar of Superstition

Tiranga Bangle is the name of a new product on the great Indian superstition bazaar. This copper bracelet promises to relieve you from pain, cure a range of illnesses including gout and arthritis, protect you from the damaging influence of radioactivity and boost your energy, strength and vitality. Such claims are nothing very Continue reading

Are you Superstitious at Work?

From donning their lucky stones to wearing auspicious colour, HR managers find themselves broadly dealing with superstitious employees

A man entered an office cubicle occupied by four persons and announced that the annual appraisal assessments were about to begin. Upon hearing this, one of the employees without delay knocked twice on Continue reading

Why I Raise My Children without God

When my son was around 3 years old, he used to ask me a lot of questions about heaven. Where is it? How do people walk without a body? How will I find you? You know the questions that kids ask.

For over a year, I lied to him Continue reading

Hindutva and the Supreme Court

On December 11, 1995, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court delivered judgements in a number of appeals which arose from decisions of the Bombay High Court relating to the validity of the elections of certain Shiv Sena BJP candidates to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. The Bombay High Court had set aside Continue reading

Are Ghosts Real? Science Says No-o-o-o

If you believe in ghosts, you’re not alone: A 2005 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses, and about one-third believe in ghosts. Tens of thousands of people around the world actively search for ghosts as a hobby. Researcher Sharon Hill of the Doubtful Newsblog counted about Continue reading

Philosophical Consequences of Modern Science : ‘Thesis’ Antithesis

The facts relating to this Thesis constitute interesting reading. The zigzag turns, the twists all give a touch of drama to the course of the Thesis. Its chequered career is influenced and shaped by acts of well meaning and honest persons as well as by the sly and subtle ways of some others.

Mr. Continue reading