Well wishers and readers of The Modern Rationalist might have noticed and gone through the multi-focused special Issue of this monthly released on the 2nd of December 2014. Its aim is three-fold. Not only an Annual Number it is, but also a reminder of the Self Respect Day besides celebrating the 82nd Birthday of its Editor.
This journal may not be excelling itself very well amidst umpteen magazines of cinematic world and of sensational and topical issues of politics and current affairs. Nor does it have an interest in them. It believes in the possibility of reforming society from its false beliefs, foolish notions and irrational activities. Strives hard to infuse a scientific temper that is insisted in the preamble of the Indian Constitution. To serve to that extent, it reaches the intellectuals, scholars, social workers and academicians. Let us be optimistic that in the days to come, it will be eagerly read by one and all.
Women Self Help Groups Symbol for Economic Renaissance and Social Empowerment Move to scrap them, to be discouraged!
Despite the passing of 45 years of bank nationalization Financial Inclusion still continues as unfinished agenda in the development policy of the Government. Fight against financial exclusion with the ultimate goal of reaching the un reached continues as the running agenda.To reach the rural folks who are predominant population and with special emphasis to lend for rural women through Self Help Groups, an informal organizational set up which does not require any registration warranted under law.
Q : When will there be the society that has abolished castes and consequently needs no reservations?
- S.Jeevanandam , Thiruvarur
Ans : When all of us have achieved social justice and have become aware of our rights and responsibilities. We may not then need reservations.
‘CONVERSION’ is what harrowing every ear in India and filling the foul mouths of the political urchins these days. There are graded foolish and illiterate utterances each surpassing the others in lunatic excesses of the interpretations of the term. Unassailable majority mandate given by the electorate to the ruling party seems to have doled out immeasurable boldness and licence to the most ignorant and senseless to make venomous and irresponsible statements on history and secularism guaranteed in the Constitution.
Honourable Judges of the Supreme Court Madan Lokkur and Bhanumathi have recently given a judgment which is not only historic but highly commnedable. It is bound to create a scientific temper among the public besides underlining the importance of wiping out meaningless rituals and irrational superstitions.
The State Government of Karnataka has banned an ugly, unhygienic and barbaric custom of foolish devotees rolling down on the plaintain leaves used by Brahmins to eat their meals in the precincts of the temple. Every year this had been the (urulu Seva) ritual in about three or four temples of Lord Subramanys in Dakshin Karnataka district of Karnataka State. The commoners' belief was that they will be cured of sickness and ailments if they perform this ugly ceremony. The State Government banned this undesirable custom but the High Court of Karnataka has cancelled the Government order.
The State Government then appealed to the Supreme Court against the ban of the High Court. Advocates on behalf of the temple argued that this has been a practice among the devotees for the past five hundred years. The Supreme Court countered this premise by posing a question just because untouchability has been there for hundreds of years, can it be justified? Thus the argument of the defence lawyers was declared untenable, the order of the High Court had decreed that this ritual should not be held on the 27th of December 2014 and thereafter for ever.