ASIRIYAR ANSWERS

Question : In treading the path of Periyar’s policies, will there be economic dividends?
- M. Hussain, Sirkazhi

Answer : Certainly.
(a)    Expenditure within the levels of income. Self respectful and comfortable life we can lead without borrowing money from anybody.
(b)    Simplicity. This will lead to the habit of savings, ensuring of happiness and success at any stage of your life.
(c)    Thriftiness will ensure an essential and resourceful life after driving away an expensive luxury.
    Is there anything more that is needed in temporal life?

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PHILOSOPHY OF RATIONALISM FROM SOCRATES TO PERIYAR

What is rationalism?

Rationalism is a philosophy which regards reasons to be the chief source and test of knowledge. Rationalists believe that every human problem can be solved in the best possible manner by rationalistic approach. It has historical origin  in scientific approach,  rational choice in decision-making, secularism and irreligion. It is anti-traditionalist and anti-theistic.

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INDIAN SOCIETY AND THE SCIENTIFIC TEMPER

What is Scientific Temper?

Scientific temper was a phrase much in Jawaharlal Nehru’s vernacular. He reiterated it not only in speaking of science, but also in exhorting his countrymen in diverse contexts. The phrase is an attractive one and has both brevity and comprehensiveness, for temper indicates all the hues of man’s thinking, nicely qualified to the plausible and rational with the adjective scientific.

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POLICY SHOULD BE BASED ON EVIDENCE, NOT FAITH

In the last twenty years, political debate in Australia has slowly diverged from community expectations, resulting in the faith of some guiding the policies that affect us all. It's time to bring back rationality to the political process, writes Tracy Burgess.

Ask anyone on the street what government is "for" and you're likely to get a variety of answers. "To make laws for all Australians", some might say. "To protect the people and their rights," others might venture. "To create order," it might be suggested.

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