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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar

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Prabhakar Nanawaty

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Indian Rationalist Movement: Past, Present and Future

Atheist Centre, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh is immensely happy to be associated with Maharashtra Andh Shraddha Nirmulan Samithi in the International Conference scheduled to be held in Mumbai on August 9, 2019. We are proud to be associated with the programme. Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was a Doyen of Rationalism and he was uncompromising on Continue reading

Rationalism and Secularism: Meaning, Concept & Understanding

Rationalism

Rationalism is any view appealing toreasonas a source of knowledge or justification. In more technical terms it is a method or atheoryin which the criterion of the truth is not sensory but intellectual anddeductive. Different degrees of emphasis on this method or theory lead to a range of rationalist standpoints, Continue reading

Who Should Fight Superstition?

Show them a comet with a red tail, scare them out of their wits, and theyll rush out of their houses and break their legs. But try making one rational statement to them, and back it up with seven proofs, and theyll just laugh at you.

Life of Galileoby Bertolt Brecht, Continue reading

European Manifesto against Pseudo-therapies

Lets be clear: pseudo-sciences kills. And they are being employed with total impunity thanks to European laws that protect them.

They kill thousands of people, with names and family. People such as Francesco Bonifaz, a 7-year-old boy whose doctor prescribed homeopathy instead of antibiotics. He died in Italy. People like Mario Continue reading

Dabholkars War on Superstition rages on

The commitment to reason and evidence that Narendra Dabholkar promoted throughout his life has not just lived on but grown after his assassination in 2013.

Dabholkar had founded the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti in 1989 to encourage the growth of a scientific outlook among the masses and work to eradicate superstitions Continue reading

Anand Patwardhans ‘Reason’ Is Both Uncomfortable and Reassuring

It was a dreary weekend afternoon when I went to watch the screening of Anand Patwardhans four-hour-long documentary,Reason(Vivekin Hindi). The expectation from Patwardhans movies is always that facts will be narrated in a way that finally meanders into hope. His depictions whether inRam ke NaamorWar and Peace are rooted in reality and people-centric, Continue reading

A Question of Writ

On the streets of India andPakistan,a frightening message is being sent out: that courts must not rush in where politicians fear to tread. In matters of faith, courts must simply sit on their hands and pray for divine intervention to resolve the petition before them. The public and political responses to Supreme Court Continue reading

Are we undermining our scientific temper?

Jayant Murthy says YES

There was much angst early this month about the disgraceful remarks that have been over the last few years at the Indian Science Congress (ISC) meetings, to the point where even the organisers felt the need to take a stand. This is unfortunate because the ISC has 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 is Continue reading

Are Reason and Religion Mutually Exclusive?

Religion as the highest part of humanity was a reiteration of a very ancient idea: the notion that politics cannot bring human flourishing and cant capture the full extent of a person.

Contemporary Western liberals often assume that theological and political worldviews are competing discourses. Religion, when it enters the political Continue reading

National Law against Superstition

Atish Dabholkar physicist and head of high energy physics and cosmology division at Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, said a national anti-superstition law is desirable, but it was important to have public action too.

Speaking on Science and Superstition, at the Ramanujan Auditorium of The Institute of Continue reading

Calling SCAM (So Called Alternate Medicine) a Scam

As the worlds first professor of complementary medicine, Dr. Edzard Ernst set out to apply rigorous scientific standards of evidence to find out which alternative medicine treatments worked and which didnt. After 25 years of research and a torrent of published studies, he had determined that most of them didnt. A lot of Continue reading