Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

How long should we wait for the arrest of the suspected assassins?

Two years have passed since the brutal murder of Comrade Panasare and 42 months after killing Dr. Dabholkar. The two independent agencies involved in the investigation, viz, CBI of Central Government and SIT of State Government have lodged a criminal case on Sanatan Sanstha and Virendra Tawade of Hindu Jan Jagran Samiti. In Continue reading

Sanatan head questioned in Pansare murder case

The Kolhapur police team investigating the murder of rationalist Govind Pansare has reportedly questioned Dr Jayant Athavale, the founder of Sanatan Sanstha, in a major development in the case.

The grilling took place this week at the ultra-right-wing group’s headquarters in Ramnathi, Goa, Mirror has learned. To avoid any drama or Continue reading

Sanatan Sanstha doubts legality of SPP in Pansare murder case

It is distractions galore in the Sanatan Sanstha-Pansare murder case, with the organisation now objecting the appointment of Shivajirao Rane as the special public prosecutor (SPP) by calling it “illegal”. The right-wing organisation argued that Rane was appointed as the SPP since September 2016 by the then superintendent of police, Pradeep Deshpande, which Continue reading

The Mistrust of Science

(The following was delivered as the commencement address at the California Institute of Technology, on Friday, June 10th 2016 ).

If this place has done its joband I suspect it hasyoure all scientists now. Sorry, English and history graduates, even you are, too. Science is not a major or a career. Continue reading

First, justify jallikattu?

Now that the dust has settled on Marina beach, where young protesters had camped to demand that the ban on jallikattua traditional sport of bull jostlingbe lifted, lets discuss the larger and more serious issue of culture, tradition and their practice in the modern world. For a practising environmentalist (like me), this is Continue reading

Some Lessons for the Left

Govind Pansare was not among the nationally well known faces of the Communist Party of India (CPI), even though it was his political home for over six decades. Tragically, it was Pansares assassination in February 2015 that catapulted the CPI leader to the centre of national discourse. Prior to his murder, not many Continue reading

Further Thoughts on Why I Criticize Hinduism

Like Manoj and other Indian rationalists, I have often been chided by fellow Indians fairly mainstream, middle-class bhadralok, most of them for picking on Hinduism. I am asked if I am so concerned about irrationalities and pseudo-sciences, why dont I take on Islam and Christianity? Arent they full of faith-based nonsense? Hinduism, my Continue reading

Gandhi for our troubled times

I once asked my students at Jindal Global University about Mahatma Gandhis relevance in todays India. Gandhi is only a name and an image in India today, they commented coldly, as if I had been taken in by a romantic view of India which lived the Gandhian non-violence as a Utopian dream far Continue reading

Two Years of an Ambedkar Bhakt and the Plight of Dalits

With a self-proclaimed Ambedkar bhakt at the helm of the government, the Dalits might have expected a modicum of directional change in policies towards them. Instead, the two years of Narendra Modi’s government have led to a reversal of many of the gains made by the Dalits in the past few decades.

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Cosmic Consciousness and the Ptolemaic Principle

If you follow the literature of scientific research in medicine, you may have raised your eyebrows at the list of authors credited in an article that came out in the October, 2016, issue of the journal Scientific Reports. With the arcane title Identification of altered metabolomic profiles following a Panchakarma-based Ayurvedic intervention in Continue reading

Carl Sagan on Moving Beyond Us vs. Them

Unless we are very, very careful, wrote psychologist-turned-artist Anne Truitt in contemplating compassion and the cure for our chronic self-righteousness, we doom each other by holding onto images of one another based on preconceptions that are in turn based on indifference to what is other than ourselves. She urged for the honoring of Continue reading

What is our Nationality: Indian or Hindu?

Debate around the words Hindu, Hinduism, Hindutva is not new. Recently the assertion by Mohan Bhagwat, the Sarsanghchalk (Supreme Dictator) of RSS that everyone living in India is Hindu and that Muslims might be Muslim by religion but they are Hindus by nationality, is yet another interpretation of Word Hindu. He said that Continue reading