Beliefs, Religion and Reason – A perspective of Hindu Atheist

April 11, 2009

Indian Secularists and their attitude towards Islam

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Two terrific posts by NitWit on this topic,
What Secural Indians need to know about Islam – part -1 and part-2

Just like the actual posts, comments are also a great read.


March 18, 2009

Funny and sad

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(via HA) Just like Charlie Chaplin himself, the news of opposition to Charlie Chaplin statue is funny and sad.

Charlie would have laughed at his own fate and cried at the same time.

March 15, 2009


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Racism is when you stand for supremacy of your race. Wrong!

Regionalism is when you favor a Kannadiga over a Bengali. Wrong!

Casteism is when a Brahmin boy wants to marry a girl only from Brahmin caste. Practised, but still wrong!

Nepotism is to favor one’s own kin against the merit. Wrong!

Then why believing in national supremacy, cheering for one’s own nation in event of war, appeal to emotion on national grounds aka patriotism is good? Is patriotism the last surviving form of groupism which is still widely regarded as a virtue?

I’m not proud to be an Indian, I am not ashamed of being an Indian, I just happened to be an Indian.
Is there something wrong having such an attitude?

March 3, 2009

On hiatus

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By thumping its nasty foot on my buttocks,  recession has sent me packing to Bangalore.
So bye bye Toronto and Hiiiiiiiii there, Bangalore.

Meanwhile though, I’m on hiatus ……

February 25, 2009


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“So you say you believe in Science?”
“Do you trust Science?”
“Do you have faith in Science?”
“Do you have *belief* in Science?”
“.. and I have belief in religion, faith in God. What’s the difference? We are same.”
“Umm …”
“So is there any difference?”
“What difference? I think both of us have blind faith in something.”
“I believe in the process of Science – a well laid out process of research, inquiry, theory and evidence. Science debates the ideas, different viewpoints are considered, research reports are peer reviewed. Still science makes mistakes and science corrects itself. It is a continuous process of self -improvement. Science evolves.”
“But *you* do not test those theories, *you* do not verify evidence. You faith is just as blind as mine, isn’t it?”
“No. Even though I haven’t verified the evidence of each and every scientific theory, I know someone has. I also know if I want to I can see the evidence myself, and based on my capacity to understand it I can verify each and every claim the theory makes. Can you say the same thing about religion? When religion has produced any evidence for any of its claims? When religion has discarded any of its old theories in light of new reality? How the faith in religion is same as faith in science? How? Why?”
” … ”
“We both believe in something, but that’s not just the same. It is exactly opposite.”

February 22, 2009

Every slumdog has his day, but …

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.. some sh!theads are so fcuked up in their heads that all they look for in a movie like slumdog millionaire is offense to Hindu religion. It is as ridiculous as it gets. If you read this piece by Hindu Jagruti, you’ll throw your hand up in the air in astonishment and say what the fcuk?

What is wrong in this film ?

  1. The film shows that Hindus attacks Muslim area shouting ‘They’re Muslims, get them’ and starts hitting Muslims and Muslims were running away. Hindus killing and burning Muslims which gives message that Hindus are cruel and kill Muslims now and then by attacking in mobs.
  2. Jamal sees Lord Ram and his facial expressions are tense. It shows that Lord Ram is some one like terrorist. The child in the form of Lord Rama is shown very horrible. Facial expressions and the pose taken by child dressed like God Rama is very skeptical at that situation.
  3. All characters in this film are Muslims except a few like, begger boy Arvind, Game show host Prem Kumar and Jamal’s girlfriend Latika.
  4. As per the news, Muslim boys are paid to lure Hindu Girls. In this film Jamal, a Muslim boy is shown very kind to Hindu girl. This is part of international conspiracy against Hindu culture.
  5. Hindu boy Arvind was made blind and begger. Again why not Salim, Shaik, Omar?

Listen Hindu Jagruti, when we normal people watch the movies we don’t necessarily profile characters as hindus, muslims or christians unless their religion has any special context in the story. But your ability to filter everything thru wicked glasses of religious divide is unbelievable.

None of the above points (or other mentioned on the site) deserve the slightest attention or rebuttal, they are all rotten and ridiculous to the core.

My personal favorite for year 2008 was ‘Doubt’, but ‘slumdog’ was also a good movie. I just liked ‘Doubt’ more, may be because familiarity breeds cotempt and the ‘slumdog’ was quite too familiar too me to feel any awe.

Congratulations Slumdog for all the Academy Awards!!!

February 17, 2009

Evolution and voice of sanity

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While I blogged about ISKCON’s view on evolution sometime back, I should also post this very moderate and rational view on evolution emerging out of same ISKCON.

Sita-pati das unequivocally accepts the proven aspect of evolution and disputes the chemical evolution. Fair enough! (although you can not just keep saying ‘life comes from life’. the regress has to terminate somewhere to answer ‘how the very first life came into being’)

The important difference is the attitude towards science. Science has brought in tremendous improvement in overall quality of human life. Enjoying all material comforts enabled by science, preaching hatred for science is clean hypocrisy.

If this is how everyone in ISKCON thinks about evolution, that’s a good news.

Update: Meanwhile, New Vrndavan Club 108 continues its tirade of vilifying Darwin.

TIME top 25 blogs for 2009

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TIME has come out with a list of Top 25 blogs for 2009

Top Blogs

Most Overrated Blogs

The rise of Huffington Post is remarkable.

Paul Krugman’s blog and Freakonomics are two of my regular reads.

February 15, 2009

Method in madness

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Masses, myself included, need recognition, validation, acknowledgment for their mediocre capabilities
Masses, myself included, need sense of social belongingness, someone to care, something to share
Masses, myself included, need occupation for their mind, 24*7, 365 days a year, entire lifetime
Masses, myself included, need a forum to express their ordinary skills and talents
Masses, myself included, need escape from pain, a painkiller, a placebo
Masses, myself included, need purpose of life to make sense of it

Masses turn to religion
and I?

February 14, 2009

Vatican buries the hatchet with Charles Darwin

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A setback to creationists and IDiots.

Vatican buries the hatchet with Charles Darwin

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.

A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a “higher power” for the complexities of life.

It further goes on to say,

Marc Leclerc, who teaches natural philosophy at the Gregorian University, said that no scholar could “remain indifferent” to the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth tomorrow. There was, however, “no question of celebrating” it.

The Vatican would “take the measure of an event, which has left its mark for ever on the history of science and has influenced the way we understand our humanity”. The “time has come for a rigorous and objective valuation” of Darwin by the Church, he said.

No one can stop an idea whose time has come. So Vatican, that time is now. And after your objective valuation, don’t you come up with something like ‘evolution’ is already explained in bible or god whispered theory of natural selection in Darwin’s ears, because god designed nature that way.

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