Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

Science should have the last word

A few years ago, I was at an international conference in Delhi which dealt with important issues arising from changes brought about by the rapid progress ofscience and technology.As the meeting progressed, with international experts highlighting the action needed in various fields, I began to feel uncomfortable, much like a diner at a Continue reading

With Ministers like These, Every Day Must Be Science Day

February 28 is not Indias first Science Day in 2018. In fact, its the fourth.

The first Science Day was on January 20, when Satyapal Singh, minister of state for Human Resource Development (HRD), said Charles Darwin was wrong and scientists from around the country rose up in measured frustration against Continue reading

What It Means to Reject Evolution, in the Words of a 1982 Judgment

Therecent commentby Satyapal Singh, the Union minister of state for human resource development, that evolution is unscientific, takes a different tack on science than that of the saffron science brigade. The difference is that the votaries of saffron science have been going to the extent of attributing modern discoveries and insights to ancient Continue reading

The Karnataka Anti-Superstition Act and its Impact

Karnataka is the second state to think of passing a law to curb some of the most dangerous and anti-human practices related to irrational beliefs. Having worked in the field to eradicate superstitions over the past four decades in Karnataka, it is time for me to put down a few opinions on this Continue reading

Charwak Darshan; The most vilified philosophy

Charwaks were accused of being thoughtless and self-indulgent and to support this allegation an oft repeated but distorted saying of the Charwaks was -‘eat ghee even if you have to incur debt’ as quoted in the ‘Sarvadarshan Sangraha’ – a book in which all philosophies are brought together. But the original Charwak saying Continue reading

Hindutva calling itself a version of Hinduism is problematic

At the vanguard of present day studies of Indian history, Professor Romila Thapar has always recognised history as a dynamic discipline, a continuous dialogue between the past and present. The author of several insightful books, she is now the subject of a new book,Talking History, published by Oxford University Press. In the book Continue reading

Treated ‘worse than animals’:

Thousands of Indian women feared trapped in ashrams

Neither the din of traffic nor the roar of aircraft from a nearby airport could blot out the screams neighbours say they regularly heard from the apartment building in west Delhi.

On Saturday, on the second floor of the unassuming complex in Mohan Continue reading

The Madness of Honor Killing

What makes people murder their own children for the sake of reputation?

In the UK, one of the main news items at the moment is the trial of the parents of a teenage girl called Shafilea Ahmed. They have been charged with murdering their daughter after she refused to go through with an Continue reading

What is the Soul, Anyway?

The Problem of Identity and the Impossibility of Immortality

In an episode ofStar Trek: The Next Generationtitled Second Chances, Commander William Riker of the starshipEnterprise beams down to a planet to retrieve data from a research station he visited eight years before when he was a lieutenant on board the starshipPotemkin. There he Continue reading

How to Talk to a Science Denier without Arguing

A simple strategy with the acronym EGRIP can be surprisingly effective

Its the holiday season, which means plenty of opportunities for uncomfortable interactions with friends and family who are science deniers, from people who believe the moon landing was faked to those who believe vaccines cause autism or who think that humans did Continue reading

Where’s the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works?

The concept of mindfulness involves focusing on your present situation and state of mind. This can mean awareness of your surroundings, emotions and breathingor, more simply, enjoying each bite of a really good sandwich. Research in recent decades has linked mindfulness practices to a staggering collection of possible health benefits.

Tuning Continue reading

Beyond the Ugly Practices of Organised Religion

Why is it that everything is upside down, and all that happens in the name of religion is divisive, oppressive and morally repugnant?

What can I do my friends, if I do not know? I am neither Christian nor Jew, nor Muslim nor Hindu. What can I do? My place Continue reading