Sorry, My Dear, if it hurts. At a time when Zakir Naik was flitting about the Country promoting his religion by reciting quotations from Hindu scriptures and the Bible, but also inventing his own interpretations of Islamic tenets , he was warned by a group of the so-called Islamic scholars thus : “You can speak … Continue reading I am Sorry if Atheism Hurts
Jesus and Matthew : The part that Matthew Forgot
When Jesus was speaking to the crowd, someone said aloud: “Look, Lord, Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.” Visibly offended, Jesus replied, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” Pointing to the crowd of followers, He said: “These are my Mothers and my brothers.” The crowd clapped their hands and chanted, “Praise the Lord. Son of … Continue reading Jesus and Matthew : The part that Matthew Forgot
What do Atheists Bring to the Plate?
This is how I answered a rather badly composed query that was posted on my timeline on the social media: The explosion of science in the 19th century was set off when atheism became an acceptable, if not entirely respectable way of thinking. Nobody pulled out the tongue and wired the jaws of Darwin, none … Continue reading What do Atheists Bring to the Plate?
Better Parent, Terrible God
Until someone defines God, I have not way to know whether I'm a believer, theist, deist, agnostic or atheist. But that god of religion - any religion - who waits for me to beg, grovel and plead for awarding me a fair judgment - oh, no, that god doesn't exist for me. Give it a … Continue reading Better Parent, Terrible God
The Doctor and the Infidel
It was more than a couple of decades ago when I met Dr. Das in a fishing suburb of Bombay. Jyoti Basu, the Communist Chief Minister of Bengal was his idol, and I, then a chronic patient of malaria, his favourite patient. Das charged the fisherfolk Rs. 2 in the name of consultation and Rs. … Continue reading The Doctor and the Infidel
Was everything dark from space except Mecca and Medina?
Answer to a question posed to me on quora.com Broadly stated, the brightest place on earth as viewed from the ISS is the Las Vegas strip. All major the cities of the world are visible as clusters of bright spots from the ISS which is at an average altitude of 405 kilometers from earth. The … Continue reading Was everything dark from space except Mecca and Medina?
WHY REPENTING WOMEN MUST BE STONED
These are three stories, all historic events, which are often repeated separately with pride by many Scholars as a proof of virtues of women and the kindness of the Messenger of God. Linking of the stories, pardon me, is my handiwork. A young woman approached Prophet Mohammed and confessed to him that she had committed … Continue reading WHY REPENTING WOMEN MUST BE STONED
Who was Aisha? Did Muhammad marry her when she was nine?
Not true. He married a six-year-old girl, Aisha, and consummated the marriage when she was nine after she was supposed to have menstruated. After that she grew up under the prophet's loving care. When she was eighteen, prophet died of old age and possibly from sexual exhaustion. It is said by the Sunni sect that the … Continue reading Who was Aisha? Did Muhammad marry her when she was nine?
SHOULD BORIS JOHNSON APOLOGISE?
(A version of this piece appeared in quora.com.) Rowan Atkinson, more ardently known as Mr. Bean, said that one needs to apologize for a bad joke; hence there is no need for an apology in saying that a woman in burqa looks like a letterbox. Mr. Bean should know what is a good joke. In … Continue reading SHOULD BORIS JOHNSON APOLOGISE?
DID GOD MAKE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS?
Our universe knows no laws, nor cares for any. Its elements have their intrinsic qualities derived from their origin in what is euphemistically known as the Big Bang. Laws of Physics are humankind’s attempt to understand, employ and make predictions based on those intrinsic qualities. All such laws are conditional, … Continue reading DID GOD MAKE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS?