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The Rationalist Movement against Quack Healing

Critical Questions

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Following the murder of the anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra there has been a lot of outrage against quacks and "babas". However, in a diverse and pluralist country, it is difficult to determine which healing practices constitute "superstition" and which are genuine. Further, the rationalist movement fails to distinguish adequately between faith and blind faith often seeing the opposition between science and religion in either/or terms. In this rationalist world view, there is little space for the mystical, spiritual, or even the cultural and symbolic.

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