Saving rationalism from the rationalists6 min read 19 Nov 2013, 02:13 PM IST
It is debatable whether anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar contributed to promoting scientific thinking in India
The murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar is worthy of unreserved condemnation. Dabholkar, who founded the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) and campaigned for three decades against practices and ideas that he deemed to be superstitious, was apparently killed because of his activism. An array of prominent individuals rightly censured this heinous act. But some like the film-maker Amol Palekar and activist Sandhya Gokhale lionized him and lamented how we didn’t deserve Dabholkar. This adulation is something we disagree with, and find befuddling.
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