Press Esc to close
Monday 03 August 2015
News updated at 2:06 AM IST
Weather
Max: 32°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Rain lightly

Dabholkar aides to take rationalist movement on national level

Pune, Sep 14, 2013 (PTI)

Supporters of Narendra Dabholkar's rationalist movement will now seek support of various political parties to press for a law in states to eradicate superstition-based malpractices.

A delegation of Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), the anti-superstition organisation founded by Dabholkar - who was shot dead here last month - will visit Delhi next week and speak to political leaders to garner support for their mission.

Encouraged by the positive response being seen in Maharashtra with the promulgation of the anti-black magic ordinance, MANS activists, including Anish Patwardhan, son-in- law of the slain rationalist, will also have an interaction with the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in order to mobilise public opinion and change social mindset.

The state government promulgated the ordinance, a long -standing demand of Dabholkar, a day after the noted social activist was gunned down by unidentified men on August 20.

"We have our schedule fixed for an interaction with JNU students and faculty as the institution is known to be a vibrant centre of rational thought. Also on the agenda are meetings with the Left party leaders, including D Raja (CPI), in an endeavour to create awareness in all states for enactment of anti-superstition laws," Patwardhan said.

He said after Maharashtra became the first state to issue the anti-superstition ordinance, expected to ratified by the legislature in the winter session, Tamil Nadu and Assam governments, too, have evinced keen interest in enactment of a similar law which was a positive sign to take the rationalist movement forward and make it nation-wide.

In Maharashtra, post-ordinance, a large number of people had started coming out and lodged complaints against quacks and conmen who cheated them taking advantage of their ignorance and superstitious beliefs, Patwardhan said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A bike rally organized by Mangalore Java Yezdi Motorcycle Club and The United Bikers’ of Mangaluru..

A bike rally organized by Mangalore Java Yezdi Motorcycle Club and The United Bikers’ of Mangaluru..

Kids testing ice cream cone on the occasion of 'Friendship day'...

Kids testing ice cream cone on the occasion of 'Friendship day'...

A girl takes selfie with her friends on the occasion of 'Friendship day' near UB City in Bengaluru..

A girl takes selfie with her friends on the occasion of 'Friendship day' near UB City in Bengaluru..

'Suravi Odissi dance students presenting Odissi dance at the Naman, a festival of Odissi dance...

'Suravi Odissi dance students presenting Odissi dance at the Naman, a festival of Odissi dance...

A view of a flooded road on the banks of river Ganga, pictured after heavy monsoon rains...

A view of a flooded road on the banks of river Ganga, pictured after heavy monsoon rains...

Actor Kangana Ranaut walks the ramp as the showstopper for designer Manav Gangwani...

Actor Kangana Ranaut walks the ramp as the showstopper for designer Manav Gangwani...

A stray dog takes the support of a woman to cross a flooded street in Kolkata on Sunday...

A stray dog takes the support of a woman to cross a flooded street in Kolkata on Sunday...

School children pay tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at Jodhpur...

School children pay tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at Jodhpur...

A pair of squirrel in New Delhi on Sunday...

A pair of squirrel in New Delhi on Sunday...

A pair of Myna in New Delhi on Sunday...

A pair of Myna in New Delhi on Sunday...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523