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Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 29 2013

Is Atheism Accepted In Hinduism?

There is a trope that we ex-Hindus come across very frequently when we tell people that we are atheists – “Atheism is accepted in Hinduism”. The implication is that us atheists should just shut up about tolerant Hinduism already and concentrate on the intolerant Abrahamic religions. However trope is only partially true. Atheism is accepted …

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Jun 25 2013

Analysing Arguments: Two Articles on the Death Penalty

An electric chair. (Image via Wikimedia Commons; public domain.)

“Analysing Arguments” is going to be an ongoing series of posts which analyse arguments found in the news and online media. Some good background material for this is Coursera’s enormously popular course Think Again: How to Reason and Argue, and the book Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic. You might also find the primer …

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Jun 20 2013

Come one come all to California Pizza Kitchen! No not you in the wheelchair.

California Pizza Kitchen in Bangalore, India

The American pizza chain California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened last year in Bangalore, and here is a picture of the restaurant (the description is in the text below): The restaurant has a long glass facade revealing the tables inside, and the entire thing is raised about a foot and a half off ground level. Outside …

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Jun 15 2013

“Brahmins Only” Housing

Advertisement for "Brahmins only" housing project in Bangalore

This advertisement for a “Brahmins Only” housing project appeared in a newspaper in April:

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Jun 14 2013

Why Your Daughter’s Marriage Shouldn’t Be Your Biggest Dream For Her

Studio portrait of three children wearing jewellery, at Madras in Tamil Nadu, taken in c. 1870 The young girl on the left is wearing the half-sari which is the traditional dress of adolescent girls in the South Indian states. The girl in the centre of the photograph is wearing the jewelled head-dress traditionally worn at marriage ceremonies or at 'rites of passage' ceremonies performed when a girl reaches puberty.
source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Group_of_Tamil_girls.jpg

“When are you going to start saving? Don’t forget there’s a girl growing up in the house..”, countless wives have been reminding their husbands in Indian households and sometimes on TV screens. Parents in the country place too much emphasis on marriage. And if you’re a girl, this gets doubled. The moment the doctor announces …

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Jun 11 2013

A White Mark

I waz whitemailed By a white witch, Wid white magic An white lies, Branded by a white sheep I slaved as a whitesmith Near a white spot Where I suffered whitewater fever. Whitelisted as a whiteleg I waz in de white book As a master of white art, It waz like white death. People called …

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Jun 09 2013

Hello!

Hello! It’s great to be here and our sincere thanks to Ed and the FTB team for having us on board. A quick introduction to Nirmukta: Nirmukta is an organization which promotes science, freethought and secular humanism in India. It was founded as a website by Ajita Kamal in 2008, and since then its online …

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