Rationalism

Atheism, rationalism, free speech and communalism #NotInMyName

It is rare that one needs to speak up as an atheist and disown the speech or behavior of other atheists as communal hatred. Atheists are usually the smallest minority anywhere and where there is communal violence, they are usually on the receiving end, so the question of atheists being perpetrators of communal hatred rarely …

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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar - rationalist, humanist

Narendra Dabholkar’s speech on tradition and superstition – English translation Part 2

  Narendra Dabholkar has become an icon of rationalist thought in India, but his works being mostly in Marathi are understood by few non-Maharashtrians for either endorsement or criticism. I am attempting to translate some of his speeches, so that his thoughts may reach more people and inform opinions. This is part 2 of the …

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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar - rationalist, humanist

Narendra Dabholkar’s speech on tradition and superstition – English translation Part 1

Narendra Dabholkar was a notable rationalist from Maharashtra who quit a flourishing medical practice to devote time to social reform and had founded the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti to combat superstitious beliefs among people. He was brutally murdered after receiving threats from religious fanatics for many years. Extremists condemn him for opposing Hinduism. Liberals endorse …

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Sant Rampal - a self proclaimed Godman

A do-it-yourself experiment in faith-based cheating

A series of tweets about the gullibility of blind faith. Sanatan Sanstha's "God" Athavale and his pink toilet brush. http://t.co/NI6DgqdZvM Not just zealot murders, add demented to the list. — Wildcard Vidyut (@Vidyut) September 21, 2015 Looks like Sanatan Sanstha will be going for the insanity defense for killing people. The divine particles spoke to …

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Comrade Govind Pansare is dead. May his words LIVE.

Once Maharashtra was the land of progressive thought. Now it is the land where progressive thought is killed. After Narendra Dabholkar’s murder in Pune, Comrade Govind Pansare was shot in Kolhapur. He has succumbed to his injuries. This is the man who hosted events asking dangerous questions like “Who killed Karkare?” or protested the powerful …

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