Articles By: Arvind Iyer

It’s not about The Hindus February 26, 2014 6:03 am

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 […]

Growing up with Oshin : Lessons in Sustainability and Solidarity October 1, 2012 9:49 pm

Growing up with Oshin : Lessons in Sustainability and Solidarity

Battling war and waste What does it take to unite people around a common cause? Are tales of shared ancestry or the threat of a common enemy the only way, as religions as governments have been assuming far too long? Here are some glimpses of how commitments towards a cause can be kindled and how divisions can be made irrelevant, without resorting to evangelical or apocalyptic narratives, but by the simple process of identifying with a human story from beyond […]

Campaigning for Secular Humanism : Conversations beyond constituencies April 2, 2012 8:16 am

Campaigning for Secular Humanism : Conversations beyond constituencies

We may not yet win votes for freethought, but we seek to win voters for freethought. We seek to win over a group of thoughtful citizens, however small, who are committed to the moral progress of humanity and being the change they wish to see.

We’re free to share cards and flowers if we wish February 14, 2012 12:47 am

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 […]

Freethought, Cross-examined February 10, 2012 8:32 am

Freethought, Cross-examined

Many a time when freethinkers engage religious believers in a discussion, it quickly degenerates without achieving much in the way of a dialogue. So here is an exercise where we try to simulate a dialogue.

Arms, Drugs and Spirituality -A Counterpoint to a Counterpoint by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar November 10, 2011 11:09 pm

Arms, Drugs and Spirituality -A Counterpoint to a Counterpoint by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

This article is a paragraph-wise response to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s counterpoint to rationalist and atheist Javed Akhtar’s critical examination of the former’s ideas.

Beyond the Shadow of ‘Role Models’ and Rogue Mannequins – Lessons from the Ramayana revisited August 21, 2011 7:21 pm

Beyond the Shadow of ‘Role Models’ and Rogue Mannequins – Lessons from the Ramayana revisited

Presented along with the content from the original slide-show, what this is not is a ‘smackdown’ and what it is is a critique of how oversimplified a mythology-based ethical worldview is.

July 14, 2011 2:42 pm

Just How Much Gold Do You Need For Worship?

The mills of God grind small, we are told… But too slow for those in hunger’s grip! For whose sake is saved God’s hoarded gold? How much gold do you need for worship?

M F Husain In Memoriam June 9, 2011 1:53 pm

M F Husain In Memoriam

Icons of the national imagination who take birth in a poet’s mind, come of age in an artist’s canvas in every age, and today stand bereaved at the passing of this age’s best-known rearer and reshaper of India’s inherited iconography.

February 12, 2011 1:36 pm

The Reign of Reason (A Poem)

We insist the past is not wisdom’s sole source… But among us you’ll find no idol-smasher! Wielding high thinking, and never brute force, The reign of Reason let us now usher!