Baba Black Sheep

Baba Black Sheep
Want a job, bank loan, a visa? Go to the neighbourhood baba ‘famous’ for solving your particular New Age problem. Urban Indians are increasingly turning to spiritual service providers who seem to take care of everything, except the soul The baba rolls his bloodshot eyes, his head swinging like a pendulum, murmuring a mantra under ...

Yogi In Politics: A Rationalist’s Thoughts On Baba Ramdev

The political space in India seems to be as large as the country itself. We have parties advocating everything from communism to capitalism, Hindutva to Islam, though not publicly, since the constitution prohibits it. We have the Manuvadi parties, the Dalit parties, parties of the OBCs, parties proposing an atheistic government and so on. Into this cacophony a ...

Views of a peaceful (??) religion

Views of a peaceful (??) religion
Is it peaceful with so much blood around? Easter in Philippines

Battling The Burqa

French secularism takes the bull by the horns No end is in sight to the fierce debate raging in France over an imminent move to ban the wearing of the burqa in public establishments. On the contrary, just about any matter involving Muslims adds fuel to it. Right now the media are focused on an ...

Debunking Astrology: Mars Can’t Influence You

So you think the position of Mars in the sky at the time of your birth made you tall, dark, and handsome (or short, fair, and ugly)? Or lucky (or unlucky) in love? If you think believing in astrology is anywhere close to scientific, well, Dude, time to think again. Pick two babies born within a ...