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Healing Shrines, Spirit Possession, Agency of Women

This response to Shubha Ranganathan ("The Rationalist Movement against Quack Healing: Critical Questions", EPW, 4 January 2014) argues that to characterise the activities of organisations such as the Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti as mere "benevolent paternalism" is misplaced.

The Dilemmas and Challenges faced by the Rationalist Indian

The murder of the anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar points to the society’s intolerance of criticism against religious beliefs and practices. The rampant misuse of Section 295A of the Indian penal code, which penalises “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings”, needs to be curbed. Unless space is provided for constructive and rational criticism, social reforms to stamp out regressive and evil practices cannot be undertaken.
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