Articles By: Narendra Nayak

Midbrain activation and mastery — A skeptic’s view March 26, 2015 8:57 pm

Midbrain activation and mastery — A skeptic’s view

It is that time of the year when parents look for classes that would keep their children engaged during the summer vacation. The one doing the rounds lately has the right mix of ingredients to ensnare parents and to make them spend money to ‘activate the midbrain’ of their children. Advertisements have started to pop up in many cities wherein fantastic claims are being made. Did you know that the mid brains of your children are not functioning to its […]

Neutraceutical Racket Taking People For A Ride January 31, 2015 10:48 am

Neutraceutical Racket Taking People For A Ride

The latest fad in town seems to be racket in what are called as ‘neutraceuticals’ by clever marketing companies out to take consumers for a ride. It could be anything from spirulina to aloe vera to herbal teas! These are the new in-things out to take people for a ride and promise cures from anything from obesity to cancer. Brimming with names like anti oxidants, bio organics, essential fatty acids to amino acids seems to be the latest jargons and […]

The Spirulina Racket And Why Panaceas Do Not Exist January 7, 2015 6:54 am

The Spirulina Racket And Why Panaceas Do Not Exist

What I saw on a white board at a school in Mysuru took me back to my days as a teacher of biochemistry, classes on nutrition and a lot of other stuff. It also awoke the consumer activist in me, and the myth buster too! The blurb says that 1 spirulina is equal to 10kgs of vegetables/fruits besides making claims of it containing all vitamins from a to z! Is spirulina what is claimed to be? How the peddlers of […]

Children and Superstitions December 26, 2014 12:57 am

Children and Superstitions

The abuse of children for and in the name of religions and related superstitions has been going on since time immemorial, writes Prof. Narendra Nayak

The Pope, the Prime Minister and the Islamic State November 17, 2014 9:05 am

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 […]

Avasthe of URA’s Samskara! September 27, 2014 9:43 pm

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 […]

Astrology Flops Again! May 16, 2014 9:01 pm

Astrology Flops Again!

Press note of our million rupee astrological challenge results: I had made a prediction when we put forward our challenges to astrologers and all those who possess supernatural powers of prediction to forecast the results of the elections of 2014 – I had said whoever may win or lose but astrology will be a flop and I am glad that my prediction has come true again! We had posed twenty questions to them to predict the results including a googly […]

Predict Election Results And Win 1 Million Rupees! April 27, 2014 10:05 am

Predict Election Results And Win 1 Million Rupees!

We have been inviting all those who claim supernatural powers of prediction to come forward and show their efficiency but forecasting the results for the elections from many decades. The elections of 2014 are the most interesting ones and most important from the point of view of the nation. We would like to test the acumen of these innumerable such claimants from all corners of this country and hence have put forward this offer of one million Indian rupees to […]

Miracle Exposure Program – Part II December 18, 2013 12:45 pm

Miracle Exposure Program – Part II

[This is the second article in a series of write-ups by Narendra Nayak on his efforts to expose and educate people on claims of miracles. The first article in this series can be read here] While we look at the Miracle Exposure Program as a major boost and an anchor for our movement, we have to see the details of the presentations that have made it an attractive program. The plus points are that this is an activity which catches […]

The Miracle Exposure Program – An Overview October 16, 2013 2:04 am

The Miracle Exposure Program – An Overview

(Editor’s Note: This is Narendra Nayak’s 100th article for Nirmukta. He has been associated with Nirmukta right from the early days when Ajita Kamal founded Nirmukta. In this series he would be sharing his reminiscences about his tireless work).   I feel that it is time we have a serious discussion about an activity which has become the flagship program of our movement and has helped us to build it up to whatever it is today. While it is needed […]