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Tuesday, August 20th 2013, 4:45pm

Narendra Dabholkar's murder

Very sad news: http://www.firstpost.com/india/narendra-…on-1047513.html

He was excellent, irreverent, sarcastic. Check out his speeches on YouTube.

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Friday, September 6th 2013, 7:55pm

- Narendra - the Anti-Superstition-Bill - and Asaram Bapu -

In light of the murder of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar and the demands for a strong Anti Superstition Law, Meena Karnik looks at some of the key issues surrounding this legislation.

According to the report of Meena the Anti-Superstition-Bill has 12 clauses which are punishable offences as per the law.

"1. Under the pretext of removing a bhoot (ghost) from a person’s body, tying that person with a rope or a chain or a stick, assaulting them or asking them to drink water soaked in footwear, hang the person to the roof, pluck their hair, ask them to touch heated objects or force them to conduct sexual act in the open or force the intake of urine or stool.

2. Make financial profits by displaying so called miracles. Cheat and terrorise people with the aid of such miracles.

3. With the objective of attaining supernatural powers, do something or ask others to do something that might cause injuries or risk to life.

4. At the pretext of searching for hidden treasure or water source do something that is inhuman, gruesome and ask or encourage or suggest for human life as prashad.

5. Create a feeling of fear by giving an impression of having supernatural power or pretending that someone else has such powers or threaten that evil will befall if he/she doesn’t obey the person having such powers.

6. Creating suspicion about a person claiming that he/she performs black magic through which he/she carries evil practices and makes life difficult for that person or declare that a person is a Satan or form of Satan.

7. Beating up a person or have a procession of a naked woman saying she is a witch or restrict her routine.

8. Threatening to invite a ghost and creating fear in the mind and misguiding people by claiming to cure a disease with the help of mantras by preventing medical aid.

9. Preventing medical aid and instead claiming to cure a person bitten by snake, dog or scorpion by chanting mantras or by tying threads or similar things.

10. Claiming to change the sex of the foetus in the womb by inserting fingers.

11. Giving an impression that one has supernatural powers or that the devotee was his/ her wife/ husband or paramour in past birth thereby indulging in sexual activity with such person. Having sex with a woman yearning for a child claiming to make her pregnant with supernatural powers.

12. Claiming that a differently abled person has supernatural power and using him or her for business purpose."

Hindu fundamentalists opposed the bill as if it is apocalyptic, one of them was Asaram Bapu and here the circle closes.

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Sunday, September 8th 2013, 4:20pm

- Religious and Political Power are going together -


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