FOR A RATIONAL EDUCATION DEBATE…

If Maharashtra is trying to identify children who are not getting educated, as per RTE, it has to include those children who are not studying the core subjects, be they in a Madrasa, Vedic pathshala or any other religious or community school.

Maharashtra’s recent decision to conduct a survey of what it calls “non-school going children” seems to have created a storm. Political parties are now up in arms calling it an anti-minority move and Muslim leaders in particular have declared their resolve to fight the decision. Some intellectuals have even called the step as “insensitive” and one that will only raise the suspicions of the minorities.

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WHEN EVEN RAPE IS LEGAL

Kanika Sharma, National Alliance for Peoples Movements

Aashish Gupta, Research Institute for Compassionate Economics.

There is overwhelming evidence to prove that marital rape is the most common form of sexual violence in India. Yet, the government refuses to make it  punishable by law

Some debates appear to be timeless. Today’s raging debate on marital rape in India echoes arguments that go back more than 125 years ago to the Phulmani case when a 11-year-old Bengali girl died after being brutally raped by her 35-year-old husband.

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WED-LOCK Losing Significance, Empowering Women Folk To Ensure Equal Rights

-V.Kumaresan

Social reform process cannot take place over night in a society which had been in deep slumber about rational thinking for long. It is through the continuous propaganda of reformists both individually and organizationally, humankind has attained many milestone achievements. In a civilized society, it is legislated enactments which remain both supportive and inhibitive to the social reform measures.

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TO CLASSIFY BELIEF IN GOD AS A MENTAL ILLNESS

American Psychological Association

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power, to the point where it impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters, will now be classified as a mental illness.

The controversial ruling comes after a 5-year study by the APA showed devoutly religious people often suffered from anxiety, emotional distress, hallucinations, and paranoia. The study stated that those who perceived God as punitive was directly related to their poorer health, while those who viewed God as benevolent did not suffer as many mental problems. The religious views of both groups often resulted in them being disconnected from reality.

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