Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

Homage to Comrade Govind Pansare (1933 – 2015)

An idealist, but never dogmatic

Comrade Govind Pansare died late on Friday. While he was well-known in and around Kolhapur, he remains less known in the rest of Maharashtra and India only because he eschewed publicity for solid work. So who was he? Was he an advocate or trade union leader? Was Continue reading

Act of Cowardice

Senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader and rationalist Govind Pansare, 82, died in Mumbai on February 20, five days after he was shot at in Kolhapur. He and his wife, Uma, were out on a walk in the morning when they were shot at, near their Kolhapur home. The exact details Continue reading

Dabholkar to Pansare: Journey of Rabid Communal Terrorism

The dastardly assassination of Comrade Govind Pansare, the veteran 81-year old former CPI state secretary, national council member, trade union leader, eminent lawyer and prominent Marxist intellectual and writer – exactly a year and a half after the similar assassination of renowned rationalist and socialist Dr Narendra Dabholkar – has been another black Continue reading

Investigating the Murder Cases of Dr. Dabholkar and Comrade Pansare

In October 2009, I had written an investigative report on the Sanatan Sanstha for Tehelka, a week after a low intensity bomb went off in Goa, for which members of the right wing organisation were chargesheeted. The piece, titled “Deceptive Piety”, ( Reproduced as a separate article in this issue.- Ed) followed the Continue reading

Deceptive Piety!

A Hindu organization the Sanatan Sanstha, is once again in the public eye after a low intensity blast that took place in Goa’s Madhgaon district on October 16, the eve of Diwali. Two activists of the Sanstha were badly injured and later died when improvised explosive devices (IEDs) they were carrying in a Continue reading

Why People “Fly from Facts”

“There was a scientific study that showed vaccines cause autism.”

“Actually, the researcher in that study lost his medical license, and overwhelming research since then has shown no link between vaccines and autism.”

“Well, regardless, it’s still my personal right as a parent to make decisions for my child.”

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How Hindu is Yoga after all?

Yoga is to North America what McDonalds is to India: both are foreign implants gone native. The urban and suburban landscape of the United States is dotted with neighbourhood health clubs, spas and even churches and synagogues offering yoga classes. Some 16 million Americans do some form of yoga, primarily as a part Continue reading

Saffron Science

Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind.

– Albert Einstein


The culture vultures belonging to the Sangh Parivar have long been preying on every kind of lie and falsehood about the history of the subcontinent to establish their supremacist claim. The roots of the current Hindutva Continue reading

Recent Trends in Family and Marriage Institutions

It is indeed a great honor to be invited to be the Chief Guest and be asked to deliver the Keynote Address for the National Seminar on “Recent Trends in Family and Marriage Institutions” being held at the Shrimati Sushiladevi Deshmukh Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Latur on the 12th of December 2014. In a society Continue reading

A Review of Cases lodged under Maharashtra Eradication of Black Magic and Evil Practices and Customs Act, 2013.

The Act was passed soon after the cruel death of Dr Narendra Dabholkar. Though Govt of Maharashtra did not support the Act whole heartedly while implementing the same, ANS took initiative to put into practice by way of poster exhibition, conducting lecture on the Act and conducting rallies etc. In fact these efforts Continue reading

Cosmopolitan Secular Humanism with an Indian Blend

Living with Values is the autobiography of Indian humanist philosopher and human rights activist Narisetti Innaiah (b. 1937). Historian of ideas Bill Cooke writes in his book A Wealth of Insights. Humanist thought since the Enlightenment (2011) a long chapter on the rich tradition of humanism and related –isms in India, despite the Continue reading