My understanding after reading through the writings of some rationalists

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Recently one of my WhatsApp contacts texted asking me to join a group in which there would be a weekly speech by one prominent religious figure. He said that he is sending the invitation to me because the religious figure was also once an ‘agnostic’. Presumably, he considers me to be one also. What is being agnostic mean?

A simple google search would make us understand it refers to a person who believes that at present there’s nothing has been proven of a divine being’s existence. It also means that nothing can be proven of a divine being’s existence.

Theism refers to the belief that there exists a divine being. A person who believes in this doctrine is called a Theist. Atheism rejects the existence of a divine being and a person who believes in this doctrine is called an Atheist. …


India’s farmers and corporate greed

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As of 5th December 2021, the farmer protests have been ongoing in India’s capital, New Delhi, for over 40 days. Braving the chilling cold of winter months, the farmers have shown the fortitude to agitate and not fall prey to the vile politics of ultra-right. Recent days saw farmers starting a campaign to boycott the JIO telecom services and Reliance industry products. The Farmers seem to have realized the fact that the strings behind their hardships are pulled by the ruling regime from the front and the corporate big houses from the back. …


Why is the RSS-BJP on an appropriation spree?

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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar delivering a speech. Image from Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

In 1920, K. B. Hedgewar formed the organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) inspired by V. D. Savarkar’s exclusionary ideology called Hindutva. It means ‘National Self-Protection Organization’. Later the second generation RSS leader — M.S. Golwalker, wrote in his book ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ that Muslims, Christians, and Communists as greater internal threats than external ones.

The organization’s activities followed a pattern of causing divisions and infusing hatred among Indian communities on communal lines explicitly. They implicitly championed caste-based oppression and took it as a mission. Golwalker was articulate about his defense of the caste system as it had ‘united and organized Hindus for centuries’. …


An analysis of whether the concept holds promise to counter the surge of Theocracy and Fascism

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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar delivering a speech. Image from Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

Abraham Lincoln’s definition of Democracy as ‘For the people, by the people and of the people’ is a generally agreed concept. But the present global trends of recognized democracies taking a fascist ultra-right turn speaks of an inherent flaw in the understanding of democracy.

In this scenario, it would rather do well to study what went wrong for India as it is continuously falling into a downward spiral of theocratic fascism. The spiral that has caused its deterioration politically, socially, and economically. What might be the possible solution to this situation?

Ambedkar’s Idea of Democracy

During the British colonial rule of India, the people of India craved freedom. Most of the intellectuals unanimously agreed to the idea of freedom from colonial rule for salvation. But on the topics of the meaning of freedom and how to achieve it, they were not on the same page. In this context, a great debate emerged between two great thinkers of the 20th century. The debate in question was between Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B. R. …


An analysis of some recent examples

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On 23rd October, an octagenarian got arrested on terrorism charges by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India. The 83-year-old, Father Stan Swamy, a Tamizh Christian Priest is a tribal rights activist of Jharkhand. He asked for bail continuously to the supreme court of India only to be rejected each time. His age is failing him and stricken with Parkinson finds it increasingly difficult for him to take care of himself.

He asked for a straw to sip water and a woolen blanket from the authorities due to winter cold seeping in North India. The authorities didn’t heed his requests and his lawyer had to report this to the Supreme Court (SC). The SC in turn asked for the authorities' response on the matter. …


A breakdown of recent events and facts behind it

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The beginning of November 2020 saw the sycophant Mainstream Indian Media busy advertising and cheerleading the ‘Anti-conversion laws’. This was passed by the RSS-BJP ruled states of India. The ‘Anti-Conversion’ laws are more famously known as ‘Love Jihad Laws’.

The right-wing led by RSS has been playing with an urban myth for a long time. They claim that Muslim men seduce and trap Hindu Women to marry them. The Muslim men did this to convert the girl into a Muslim and create a Muslim family.

According to them, there is a larger conspiracy to convert ‘cultured’ Hindu women to Islam so that the Muslim population would overtake the Hindu Population of India in near future. …


The Oppressed voices need Reassurance on a Global Level

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Medium has been a safe and comfortable platform for the oppressed of America. Disillusioned with the status quo of Indian social, political, economic, and environmental, I started a lonely venture. I ended up on Medium. It was about finding a solution to our problems and how to fight the creeping violent Casteist and communal discourse.

I had left Facebook One year back because of the hate it nurtured. Since then I have been wary of social media. I do not have an account in any of social media except Watsapp which I deactivated multiple times. It was my family’s insistence that prompted me to keep Watsapp. They wanted me to have an account on it to keep in touch. My parents are working in Oman. My siblings are in UAE. …


From an oppressed perspective

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Black Lives Matter (BLM) is really making a global impact. During the course of history, African Americans have proven their mettle against white supremacist oppression. In India too, people supported the movement but we the Oppressed of India couldn’t see any support for Dalit Lives Matter or Minority Lives Matter.

Dalits and Minorities are discriminated against at religious, social, economic, and political levels. In 1956, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar made a call to his fellow lower caste Hindus (lower castes and Tribals) to convert to Buddhism. 0.35 million followed him and converted into Buddhism from Hinduism.

During his speech, he underscores the fact that oppression by Caste Hindus is slavery. The caste Hindus are people who come under the Chaturvarna system of Bhagavad Gita. The lower caste Hindus are called Shudras. Hindus that don’t fall under Chaturvarna hence are entitled to be called Untouchables. Women are on a par with the lower caste in Hinduism. He famously…


The Villian and The Hero

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Lalu Prasad Yadav. Source: Wikimedia Commons

On November 8th, 2020, when the whole world was curiously following American Election results, India was exercising its own democratic Franchise. A state with a population of over 120 million was going out to vote for their next government. The state of Bihar is the most Backward State in the Country which has consistently taken the bottom rank on Human Development Index. But the state is also known for making waves of change.

When the British Colonial Powers was at the pinnacle of their Power, It was the Farmer Agitation of Champaran, Bihar, that paved the way for the rise of Mahatma Gandhi. In 1975–1977 when the then Indira led Indian Government imposed a Nation-Wide Emergency, it was from Bihar that the Anti-Emergency Icon Jaya Prakash Narayan rose. …


The Intricacies of Air Pollution

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Air we breathe is the most important commodity for the sustenance of life. Water, food, and shelter come after it. In 1772, Carl Wilhelm Scheele discovered Oxygen. As a child, when I heard this, I wondered, so what if he didn’t discover it? Will all humans die?

Childhood curiosity is a gift that all humans have. Often, the questions that arise in a child’s mind can be genuine and inspiring. The living world wouldn’t have existed if they had no oxygen to breathe. Without knowing what we were breathing, we have been inhaling it and living on this globe. …

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