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Category Archive: Secularism

Sep 21 2013

Dublin declaration on secularism empowering women 2013

I was one of the speakers for the Dublin conference on ‘Empowering Women Through Secularism’ this year. It was a great conference, and a great declaration was made. All we want is to make our world a better place. 1. Secular Values in Society The secular values that will empower women are science-based reason, equality …

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Sep 17 2013

Onam, a secular festival was celebrated today.

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Onam is a traditional harvest festival. It is also a secular festival, celebrated mainly in Kerala, India. Malayalees all over the world celebrated Onam today. They sing a secular song during Onam festival. ‘Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam, manusharellarum onnupole amodhathode vasikkum kalam apathangarkkumottillathanum kallavum illa chathiyumilla ellolamilla polivachanam kallapparayum cherunazhiyum kallatharangal mattonnumilla adhikal vyadhikalonnumilla balamaranangal …

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Aug 11 2013

A secular baul!

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You know about baul, the troubadours of Bengal. Don’t you? You may know about Lalon too. Lalon was probably the most secular baul in the baul community. When Hindus and Muslims were hating each other over the differences of their religious beliefs, Lalon sang songs questioning their beliefs! Lalon was an illiterate poor man living …

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Jul 30 2013

Islam celebrates insanity

We live in a world where we get punished for being liberal. Raef Badawi, the Saudi rights activist is now sentenced to 7 years in prison and 600 lashes for setting up a liberal network and for ‘insulting Islam’. The Liberal Network is now banned. Anything ‘liberal’ or progressive or secular or scientific is anti-Islam. …

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Jun 16 2013

In the meantime..

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June 15, 2013. I have received an award. The Royal Academy of Science, Arts and Literature of Belgium awarded me the Academy Award for my struggle for women’s rights and secularism. After receiving the award I spoke at the Royal Academy about women’s rights and the importance of secularization of state, society and education system. …

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Mar 03 2013

Secular Uprising in Bangladesh

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Why I support Shahbag! Having keenly observed the Tahrir Square revolution and the eventual victory of Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists in Egypt, I no longer get easily impressed by crowd-sourced movements. A multitude of activists, connected primarily via Facebook, as well as progressive bloggers had gathered on Bangladesh streets demanding death penalty for a war …

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Nov 25 2012

Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamists Vs Everyone else. Time for a ‘real revolution’.

“Jihad is our path. And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.” -Morsi “The Koran was and will continue to be our constitution.” -Morsi “I take an oath before Allah and before you all that regardless of the actual text [of the constitution]… Allah willing, the text will truly reflect [Sharia], …

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