Sanal Edamaruku speaks in Dublin, Cork,
Senator Ivana Bacik greets Sanal Edamaruku at Atheist Ireland briefing for politicians, where he met with TDs (Deputies) and Senators today (22 November) to speak about his case and the blasphemy laws in India. Click here to see a clipping.
|From left: Richard Sorabji (Oxford Philosopher), Sir Stephen Sedley (Appeals Court Judge), Caspar Melville (CEO of the Rationalist Association), Sanal Edamaruku|
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
A large audience gathered at London's Free Word Centre this lunchtime for a free event organised by the Rationalist Association and Index on Censorship in support of Sanal Edamaruku, the Indian rationalist facing blasphemy charges after he debunked a supposed miracle involving a dripping crucifix at a Catholic Church in Mumbai. The event was a panel discussion featuring Sanal alongside the retired appeals court judge Stephen Sedley, the distinguished philosopher Richard Sorabji, and the journalist Salil Tripathi, who has written widely on free speech and Hindu nationalism in India.
First to speak was Sanal Edamaruku, who began by saying that his main aim is to go back to India. He is currently staying in Europe as he faces arrest without the guarantee of bail back home, but he said he wants to go back because he has started a job that he wants to complete. There are two Indias, in Sanal's view – the modern, progressive India, and the India controlled by holy men, astrologers and tantrics, underpinned by the caste system. The modern India has to win, because an India with a prominent role on the world stage must not be controlled by the forces of reaction. Read more....
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