The Case for Reason: Volume One – Understanding the Anti-superstition Movement

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Author:Dr Narendra Dabholkar
Translated by Suman Oak

9789387894143 | HB | pp. 326 | 2018 | Context

Originally published in Marathi as Timiratuni Tejakade, rationalist and activist Dr Narendra Dabholkars magnum opus, The Case for Reason is both a vision document for, and a chronicle of, the battle that he and his co-activists waged against obscurantism, superstition, pseudo-sciences and blind faith in the scriptures.

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Originally published in Marathi as Timiratuni Tejakade, rationalist and activist Dr Narendra Dabholkars magnum opus, The Case for Reason is both a vision document for, and a chronicle of, the battle that he and his co-activists waged against obscurantism, superstition, pseudo-sciences and blind faith in the scriptures.

In Dabholkars view, it is the constitutional duty of every Indian citizen to develop a scientific temper, and the Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samitis (ANiS) campaigns have made this the central argument of their work. A few days after Dabholkar was shot dead by religious extremists in 2013, the Maharashtra government issued an anti-superstition ordinance that was in essence a tribute to Dabholkars life-long struggle.

The Case for Reason is available in two volumes, the first of which—Understanding the Anti-superstition Movement—lays out the theoretical framework of the rationalist movement and also highlights the many practical battles that ANiS fought in a bid to insert rationalism in the public discourse. In this volume, Dabholkar discusses the concept of god and the role of religion, the importance of the scientific method and scientific outlook, and points in the direction of independent thinking and resolute action.

Argumentative and illuminating, this book is a guide to the thinking of one of Indias most independent, important voices—available for the first time in an English translation…..

Additional information

Author:

Dr Narendra Dabholkar
Translator: Suman Oak

ISBN:

9789387894143

Binding:

Hardback

Pages:

326

Year of Publication:

2018

Publisher:

Context

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Contributors

Dr Narendra Dabholkar was a trained medical doctor. After practicing medicine for few years he decided to close his dispensary and devote his full time to social work. He was founder president of the Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANiS) (Committee for the Eradication of Blind Faith). He was mysteriously shot dead in 2013. He has written twelve books about the anti-superstition movement.

Suman Oak was a Professor of Education in SNDT Women’s University, MUmbai. Post her move to Pune, she worked very closely with Dr Narendra Dabholkar and ANiS.

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