I have been volunteering for Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (Maharashtra Committee for Eradication of Blind Faith), usually referred to as Anis, for over 3 years and was fortunate to be closely associated with Dr Dabholkar over that period. I write this in great shock, disbelief and sorrow.
For over two decades, Dr. Dabholkar fought against rampant superstitions in our society and for the cause of rationalism and humanism. While radicals and those with vested interests regularly tried to malign him and project him as someone opposed to religion, that was never the case. Continue reading Narendra Dabholkar : Science – Courage – Ethics and a tireless march for reform
At the National Film Awards in March, the Marathi movie Deool won the Best Film award while Girish Kulkarni, the writer and the lead actor of the movie won the Best Actor award. Deool is not only a wonderful entertainer but it also touches on socially relevant topics like blind faith and the commercialization of faith & religion in India.
The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti had organized a discussion on Deool, Faith & Blind Faith where Girish Kulkarni spoke at length on the topic. Girish talked about why he took up the subject, what faith & religion means to him and why he believes our society needs to align religion with science and reform religion as per the times. Continue reading Girish Kulkarni on Deool, Faith & Religion