Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 30 2013

Why and how a Hindu Brahmin became an atheist.

Arun Njanappilly Madhavan is a medical doctor living in Kerala, India. He is an atheist. We hear a lot why Christians or Jews or Muslims become atheists, but we do not hear much about Hindus, why a Hindu becomes an atheist. I requested Arun Madhavan to write about his story for my blog. The busy …

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Nov 26 2013

Where is Hamed Abdel-Samad? Is he killed because he is critical of Islam?


Hamed Abdel-Samad is disappeared. Police in Cairo are investigating the disappearance of an Egyptian-born German author and critic of Islam, security sources said on Tuesday, months after a cleric declared him an infidel and called for his death. Hamed Abdel-Samad, author of “The Downfall of the Islamic World: A Prognosis”, went missing in recent days, …

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Nov 25 2013

End Violence Against Women

It is in our hands.

Nov 24 2013

Elevatorgate India style


What I am going to do now is I am going to post five letters and five tweets on this blog. These are sources for you to know what has happened in Indian elite society recently. A young female journalist’s e-mail to the Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury, Tehelka. Dear Shoma, It is extremely painful for …

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Nov 23 2013

The Cat


I was not at home for a few days. She was alone. A girl came to give her food and water everyday, stayed with her for an hour or two. But it definitely did not make Minu the philosopher happy. Since I came back she made my body her bed, my face her pillow. She …

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Nov 23 2013

On the day of children’s rights


I tweeted a lot in the last few days. I was at the European Parliament to celebrate 25th Sakharov Prize anniversary. All the Sakharov Laureates were there except Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Hu Jia, Jafar Panahi and a few others. Shirin Ebadi the Nobel Peace Prize winner came to represent Nasrin Sotoudeh, the …

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Nov 15 2013

Mars 4 billion years ago.

I feel like I have been there, have seen cloudy blue sky, spooky rocky hills, dry red soil when I was travelling in Iceland, Irish peninsula, China or Egypt.

Nov 14 2013

Anti-rape underwear


A company has made anti-rape underwear for women. What about making don’t-rape underwear for men and make the wearing of that underwear compulsory? It won’t work, right? The responsibility to not be raped is not on the woman. The responsibility to not rape is on the man. If people still do not understand it, the …

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Nov 11 2013

Fatwabaaz and politicians


All the religious fanatics who issued fatwas against me, and set prices on my head or attacked me physically or tried to kill me for expressing my opinions were honored by the politicians in Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh: The picture above is from a press conference held in 1993 by Islamic fundamentalists for the banning …

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Nov 05 2013

Another patriarchal festival today in India. Bhai Phonta or Bhai Dooj.


There are hundreds of patriarchal festivals in India. People are celebrating Bhai Phonta or Bhai Dooj or Bhai Tika or Bhai Beej today. On this day, sisters put a sandalwood paste or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers and pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives, safety and success. …

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