RATIONALISM and SELF RES[ECT

Our society needs revolutionary policies. Rationalist propaganda should be geared up. With that noble object, we start Rationalists’ Forums and Associations. There may be people who would condemn such rationalist associations springing up. They would raise the false cry that our movement is against something or someone. I tell you very plainly, whether we are really against such things or not. We are never against justice or opposed to reason. We call our organisation as Rationalists’ Forum. It is for you to think over yourself.  That is what we expect and that alone would be the right thing to do. See what other persons are doing. They join with others and behave as brutes. They start Varnashrama Dharma  Associations. It is to protect castes. They form Sanatanist Associations to protect the old order. They talk high of what Ram did, or Krishna preached and such other nonsense. For all these they claim rights. They don’t allow you to think independently. You have no right to think about what all is said about god, religion, spiritual heads and other things. They mistake that our propaganda is against their god, religion and shastras. They raise the cry that our propaganda hurts their feelings. What does it matter to us? Let them go to dogs!

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SHIRINES ON THE PAVEMENTS-AN IMPEDIMENT TO PROGRESS

A  curse against civic sense is a lot of pavement shrines that are prominently visible in the street corners and just on the pavements, in various towns and cities of the country. Prayers, ceremonies and rituals follow, off and on resulting in pedestrians compelled to walk on the busy thorough fares, risking themselves into traffic hazards. Though appears to be a devotional service on the surface level, these Lilliputian temples are absolutely illegal and unsociable. It is a tragic irony that the Municipal Corporations and other local administrative bodies do not seem to have been concerned about the ridiculous display of religious fanaticism and a perversion of misplaced devotion.

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