Faith or easy money?

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Faith or easy money? It is incorrect to link scientific and economic progress to people’s faith in religion. As a teenager, I always used to believe that as we make technological progress, people’s faith in God would decrease, and some day eventually ‘God’ would remain as a concept limited to books. How wrong I was. When we shifted to Mumbai,…

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Milk down sacred drains

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Hundreds of liters of milk is wasted daily in offerings to lord Shiva. This figure spikes every Monday, a day supposedly sacred for Shiva. On Mahashivratri day, while devotees celebrate the marriage of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati, this wastage reaches its highest limits. Devotees compete with each other for offering milk, and sometimes as high as one-hundred-one liters of…

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Muharram and Kurla

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Woke up today at 5 AM and geared up by 7 AM for another ordeal – commuting from home to office – Dombivli to Kurla by suburban local train. I had to go to the railway station early, since my quarterly ticket expired yesterday and I had to renew it. The ticket window for First class travelers does not have…

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धर्म आणि उत्क्रांतिवादाचा सिद्धांत

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“डार्विनच्या उत्क्रांतिवादाच्या सिद्धांताने पृथ्वीवरील जीवसृष्टीच्या निर्मितिचे गूढ उकलणे अशक्य आहे”, असा दावा करत अमेरिकेतील शालेय अभ्यासक्रमात ‘इंटेलिजंट डिझाईन’ सिद्धांताचा समावेश करण्याचा प्रयत्न तेथील परंपरावाद्यांनी केला होता. या सिद्धांताप्रमाणे पृथ्वीवरील जीवसृष्टी ही विज्ञानावर आधारलेल्य डार्विनच्या उत्क्रांतिवादाच्या सिद्धांताप्रमाणे झाली नसून ती एखाद्या अद्भुत शक्तिने घडवली आहे. ख्रिस्ती धर्मात ईश्वराने सहा दिवसात पृथ्वीची निर्मिति केली असे सांगीतले आहे. अमेरिकेचा एक चेहरा आधुनिक असला…

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