Articles By: 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 […]

A Rationalist in Ranchi September 9, 2013 9:53 pm

A Rationalist in Ranchi

Narendra Nayak writes about his recent programmes in Ranchi.

Of Inter-caste, Inter-religious Marriages September 3, 2013 10:50 am

Of Inter-caste, Inter-religious Marriages

On 7th of July I had been invited to Tiruchirapalli in Tamilnadu to take part in the solemnization of the marriage of one of our activists, Kali Muthu, with Kalpana. His parents and many members of his family were absent or rather we should say boycotted the function for the simple reason, that they were Gownders, one of the OBCs while the bride Kalpana was a Dalit. Her father was active in the leftist movement and her family had no […]

My Rationalist Brother Narendra Dabholkar – A Tribute August 22, 2013 5:39 am

My Rationalist Brother Narendra Dabholkar – A Tribute

We were at a National level advanced training program for demystifying miracles on the 20th of August when one of the activists of the Maharashtra Andha Shraddha Nirmulan Samithi who was a participant showed an SMS which imply said Dr.Narendra Bhabolkar shot dead. It was a terrible shock to us to hear that.

Developing Freethought in Andamans – Step One! July 11, 2013 5:26 am

Developing Freethought in Andamans – Step One!

Narendra Nayak talks about his experiences on spreading freethought in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.