Thinkfest, the annual event of Chennai Freethinkers was held on 26th January 2015. Ramakrishnan welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction about Chennai Freethinkers and Nirmukta. He then went on to introduce Namit Arora, the first speaker for the day. (more…)
“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”
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 […]
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Thinkfest, the annual event of Chennai Freethinkers was held on 26th January 2015. Ramakrishnan welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction about Chennai Freethinkers and Nirmukta. He then went on to introduce Namit Arora, the first speaker for the day.
In the silencing of Perumal Murugan and his tragic reaction, there is one more thing that has been bothering me. Yes, support is slowly building up and protests are being organized. But time and again we hear voices being judgmental about the decision taken by Perumal Murugan. Whenever and wherever people discussed this passionately there were people who kept saying, ‘He should not have given up so easily.’ On the one end were people who called him spineless for letting […]
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 […]
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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!
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 […]
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