Nirmukta Videos

Perspectives from natural and social sciences and the humanities. Thinkfest 2014 was organised by Nirmukta Chennai Freethinkers and Orinam on 23rd Feb 2014. Panel discussion by Prof.Kalpana Karunakaran, Dr.L.Ramakrishnan, Ravichandran R, Poongulali.B and Shambavi.

Science & Philosophy

  • Of ‘hate hags’, witch-hunts, and the Orwellian Woman

    The term ‘hate hag’, used to describe “women supporters of Narendra Modi” in an Outlook Magazine article recently gained currency, especially on social media. Vrinda Gopinath, who authored the article, clearly referred to three women—Madhu Kishwar, Tavleen Singh, and Sandhya Jain—as ‘Modi’s mausis’ (Modi’s aunts)

  • Play and Prejudice: Inter-caste marriages and Vijay Tendulkar’s Kanyadaan

    Vijay Tendulkar’s 1983 Marathi play Kanyadaan is explosive and disturbing. For this play, Tendulkar, a true giant in the world of Marathi literature and theatre, was awarded with the ‘Saraswati Samman’ and he had a shoe hurled at him at a Dalit conference.

  • It’s not about The Hindus

    It’s not about ‘The Hindus’ -A recall of alternatives- Disclaimer : Views expressed below are personal, based on the personal conviction that no single person embodies all Indian aspirations and no single text captures every idea of India. It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story. – Native American Proverb, Tribe unknown (as read on Twitter) This article is not about The Hindus : An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger. In fact, this article will not include a […]

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Pseudoscience & Religion

  • Schools are not Battlegrounds for Religions!

    I received today a communication on Facebook, shrieking that it was unjust for the authorities to consider suspension of a teacher who made students shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’ or Hail Lord Rama! in school. Was it Shri Ram or Jesus Christ that was born in India, it demands angrily. Can I not praise my Lord Rama in my own country, it wails. Does Bharat i.e. India belong to Hindus or to the westerners, it asks mindlessly. How dare they make […]

  • “Made snana”and Karnataka anti-superstition bill: the unreasonableness of tradition

    The controversial “Made Snana” at Kukke Subrahmanya Mutt, Karnataka, begins amidst protests from different groups. Made Snana is a demeaning and degrading ritual practiced and followed in this mutt where devotees (generally of the lower caste) roll over the leftovers of food partaken by the brahmins on the dining leaves.

  • A Report on Mumbai Freethinkers’ Meet

    Nita, Pritesh, Ankit, Hraday, Javed and I met at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Bandra. We introduced ourselves and started talking about what started us on the path towards atheism. We found there was a comfort level in sharing our personal stories with each other, rather unlike it would be with other people we meet for the first time and interact with. Pritesh said both he and his wife, as atheists and to-be parents had been pondering over whether […]

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Freethought Activism

  • Report on Thinkfest 2014

    (With inputs from Poonguntan Cibi and Manojkiran) Thinkfest is the annual programme organized by Chennai Freethinkers, a regional group of Nirmukta, during which science popularizers, humanists and freethought activists are invited to share their ideas with the general public. Thinkfest 2014 took place on 23rd February 2014.

  • Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s Homophobia

    I was walking past Azad Maidan on my way to CST when I saw something that caught my eye. It was, as most things at Azad Maidan are, a protest. But the nature of the protest is what intrigued me: it was a “protest against homosexuality”, organised by Jammat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), which appraised the Supreme Court verdict of December 11th, 2013, which effectively criminalized consensual same-sex between adults under the archaic Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This wasn’t […]

  • On a Prayer and a Petition

    An article by Babu Gogineni on Sanjay Salve, an Atheist teacher in Maharashtra who recently ‘won’ the right not to pray in school – a right that he always had, but now asserted and ‘clarified’ by the High Court in Mumbai.

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Humor & Creative Arts

  • Thoughts From A Secular Humanist

    I have no invisible authority I am not mentally enslaved, I am not an unworthy sinner Who is waiting to be saved. My actions are my own Responsibility for which I will take, Credit for the good and penalty for the bad The payment for my deeds only I can make. I’m not the innocent, confused child; ‘Humble’ messengers try to find, I’m a skeptic with adult reasoning Who has left Faith behind. The answers gifted by logic and reason […]

  • A Debate between Generations

    The year is 2032 CE and I have perhaps kicked the bucket much earlier. Ananya, my eight year old grand-daughter currently, has since become a Rocket scientist and she likes to discuss philosophical issues with her grandmother, my wife, whom she calls as “Avva” meaning Grandma in our mother tongue Telugu.

  • We’re free to share cards and flowers if we wish

    Our love’s more alive than any dead saint, But some Valentine’s cheer why not relish? These jolly rose hues won’t our culture taint! We’re free to share cards and flowers if we wish! Grown women and men don’t need to be taught, Their close relationships how to cherish! Why is this simple freedom so hard-fought? We’re free to share cards and flowers if we wish! Some faithful in whose eyes such fun is sin, Should first from their midst hatred banish! Sweet nothings sound better than hate-filled din. We’re free […]

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