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

  • A Matter of Privilege – Recipes for an Elitist Marriage

    “Have the match-making aunties started making a queue outside your home?”, I asked my friend, who was passing out of IIT.

    “Yeah. A lot of proposals have already come. My mom is handling all that stuff”

  • What’s So Moral About AIDS Anyway?

    Well, to answer the question in the title, Dr Harsha Vardhan, India’s new Union Health Minister in the BJP-led government, certainly thinks so. In an interview with The New York Times, Dr Vardhan expressed his reservation about the promotion of condom usage in AIDS awareness and prevention campaigns. He said: The thrust of the AIDS campaign should not only be on the use of condoms…This sends the wrong message that you can have any kind of illicit sexual relationship, but […]

  • 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)

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Pseudoscience & Religion

  • The Pope, the Prime Minister and the Islamic State

    While one may wonder what the Pope and the Prime Minister may have in common, I would like to elaborate why. Both are desperate to cling on to their following and hence the commonality! This has reference to two of their statements made recently – one of the Pope Francis who says that the Big Bang theory may be right and that god is no magician with a wand sitting out there in the sky while the other of the […]

  • The Inanity of Love Jihad

    The Indian right wingers will have us believe that a planned and co-ordinated effort, a shadowy conspiracy by Indian Muslims to ‘lure’ away innocent, vulnerable Hindu women and subsequently forcibly convert them out of their religion is underway.

  • The Hindutva Hate Machine in Action

    It has been an year since Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated. While rationalists, humanists and freethinkers are fighting for justice as his assassins are still at large, a Hindu right wing page, which has Subramaniam Swamy’s blessings, has a different take on Narendra Dabholkar.

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Freethought Activism

  • Avasthe of URA’s Samskara!

    If I may be pardoned for the play on these Kannada words which are also the titles of two of the famous books of Jnanapita award winner Dr.U.R.Ananthamurthy popularly known by his initials, I will elaborate on the choice. Avasthe means disorder in Kannada and samskara is the abbreviated word for antya samaskara or the last rites performed before the disposal of one’s mortal remains! Well, URA was well known for his controversial remarks, his fearless speeches and his very […]

  • A Report on the 33rd Chennai Freethinkers’ Meet

    Report by Prema Ravi. Thirty two Chennai Freethinkers meets have gone by during which I was an active spectator and passive participant – witnessing the various activities from the comfort of my private space, observing, learning and watching like a passenger looking through a window during a long train journey. On 20.07.2014, for the first time I ventured to attend a CFT meet which had been arranged jointly with Catalyst Study Circle. The programme was a bilingual discussion by a […]

  • Chennai Pride March – Photo Essay

    (This Photo Essay was put together by Soorya Sriram, a member of Chennai Freethinkers) On 29th June 2014, Chennai saw a group of loving, caring and awesome people come together and march for Chennai Pride 2014 .

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Humor & Creative Arts

  • Life in the world of Involuntary behaviors

    I tic and twitch and tap and swear, As I get on with my life of care. Non- sense phrases invade my speech, As I get on with the problem to teach. Patients come in and patients walk out, I see fear in their eyes as they see me tic. Interns gaze at me in awe, The new nurse has a frown plastered on her face!

  • 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.

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