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Jul 02 2014

Member of parliament in India asks men to rape women

It is really unbelievable. But it is true. An Indian member of parliament threatened women with rape and murder.

Jun 29 2014

Intolerant Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia says non-Muslims will be deported if they eat, drink, smoke in public during ramadan days. Saudi Arabia has threatened to deport any non-Muslim foreigners who don’t respect the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan by eating, drinking or smoking in public. An interior ministry statement on the official SPA state news agency urges non-Muslim …

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May 27 2014

Swimming against the tides


André Cohen is a guest blogger today. He wrote about the universal citizenship celebration in Paris on May 23 this year. I attended the celebration and felt how important utopia and other similar movements were. May 23rd, the Universal Citizenship Organization (UCO), a Paris-based coalition of NGO’s, celebrated its first birthday with a bittersweet taste. …

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Mar 24 2014

Erotic sculptures


These are erotic sculptures of medieval Hindu temples. The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Some say erotic sculptures were made to please Indra, the king of gods. Some say more bizarre things. But I get somehow convinced when I hear that the Chandella …

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Sep 27 2013

Iran allows men to marry their adopted daughters

Iranian lawmakers passed a law that allows men to marry their adopted daughters. Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 years. Activists have expressed alarm that the bill, …

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Sep 20 2013

What good does marriage do?

Why do human beings marry? For sex or for children! But why is marriage necessary for secure and safe sex or for children? Out of all living species it is only humans who feel the need to marry. But don’t all other animals stay together, procreate and bring up offsprings? Marriage is not even essential …

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Sep 03 2013

Good news from Egypt.

Egypt’s new constitution limits the role of Islam. Where the new constitution differs most significantly from the old one is on issues of Islam’s role in governance and law. The 2012 constitution included three articles that broadly defined and significantly expanded the role of Islamic jurisprudence. Article 2, which dates back to the 1971 constitution, …

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Aug 20 2013

An atheist and anti-superstition activist was shot dead in religious and superstitious India.


Anti-Superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar is shot dead in superstitious India. He was killed because he committed a crime, his crime was he fought against superstitions and he wanted to eradicate deep rooted superstitions in India. Narendra Dabholkar, leading anti-superstition campaigner, social worker and journalist, was gunned down in Pune by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants, police said. …

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Aug 15 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Today is August 15. . 66 years ago India got independence from British rule. Let’s celebrate the day. I was asked by The Hindu, one of he leading newspapers of India to write about my own experience of this country. Here is what I wrote. ‘When I first visited India in the late ‘80s, I …

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