Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

An Indian Test of Indian Astrology

In the world of astrology, India has many claims to fame. It has an astrology fundamentally different from both Chinese and Western astrology,1 possibly more part- and full-time astrologers than in the rest of the world put together, and the world’s longest-running English astrological monthly (The Astrological Magazine 1895–2007). Its main government funding Continue reading

G. P. Deshpande : Trapeze Artist of the Mind

G.P. Deshpande (fondly known as Go Pu or GPD) was one of India’s pioneering experts in Chinese Studies (he taught at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University for nearly four decades, till 2004), a leading Marathi playwright, literary and cultural critic, poet, polymath public intellectual, Marxist, founder-editor of the Journal of Arts and Ideas and Continue reading

Who Are Behind India’s Asarams?

The way godmen and godwomen are thriving, with an influential section of their followers in the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, and even in premier scientific and technological establishments, the Constitution’s hope of the inculcation of “scientific temper” lies shattered. The assassination of Narendra Dabholkar, a rationalist devoted to the eradication of Continue reading

No biz like god biz

Follow the money, and more often than not, it will lead to a guru — a CEO of spirituality with fingers in many pies. The god business, run with corporate finesse, is a loss-proof proposition. It’s a sublime way to make ridiculous wealth. For Baba Ramdev, yoga and Ayurveda have been the main Continue reading

Gold-rich temples refuse to unlock idle assets

KOLKATA/KOCHI: Some of India’s richest temples such as Tirumala Tirupati, Sree Padmanabhaswamy, Shree Krishna temple of Guruvayur, Shree Siddhivinayak and Vaishnodevi are in no mood to part with their treasure to ease the supply crunch and control the outflow of dollars. The gold trade is keen to get a slice of a possible Continue reading

Tribals, backwards seek own voices in Durga Puja

Over 15 districts spread across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa saw Durga Puja with a difference this festival season. Instead of the goddess slaying Mahishasur, the usual story of the Puja, this year, tribals and people belonging to Scheduled Castes and backward classes in these districts are celebrating the “demon Continue reading

The Origin of Gods

HOW many books have been written to prove the existence of God? It is not possible to say, but a good word in reply would be “prodigious” And how many sermons and lectures to prove the existence of God have been delivered? The reply here is “incalculable.” The believer in God is apt Continue reading

Ancient Indian Philosophy

Ancient Indian philosophy is based on Atheism. There is no creator or personal God in ancient Hindu philosophy. This belief is borrowed from other religions. Hinduism is not an organized Religion. It is a way of life. That is why festivals and beliefs vary from region to region. Festivals People of northern India Continue reading

Ayurvedic Medicine – does it work?

Imagine consulting a physician who chooses to cast aside more than two centuries of medical progress in favor of the “science” of ancient Greece and Rome. No modern diagnostic techniques (X-rays, MRIs, blood tests, CAT scans, etc.), no well-researched medications and therapies, this practitioner instead studies your “humors,” the life forces alleged to Continue reading

Martyred flame

A humble candle’s flame was haunting the

darkness engulfing broader landscape

It was agitating the enemies of

enlightenment whose restlessness was

borne in the hot air huffed and

puffed every now and then

The pencil rays of light

was enough not just to expose

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