Sanal Edamaruku in Helsinki

Two years in Exile! BBC World reports

It's two years now that India's top "miracle buster" lives in self-imposed exile in Finland, accused of blasphemy and concerned for his safety in India. Sanal Edamaruku was forced to move to Helsinki in June 2012 after giving a scientific explanation in TV about a water dripping Christ statue miracle in Mumbai, that was followed by blasphemy charges and security threats.

Listen the touching BBC World report and the interview with Sanal Edamaruku.

Sanal Edamaruku

Stuck in Finland

Read full report by Samanti Dissanayake, on BBC website.

Excerpts...

An Indian man who made his name exposing the "miraculous" feats of holy men as tricks has fled the country after being accused of blasphemy. Now in self-imposed exile in Finland, he fears jail - or even assassination - if he returns.

When a Hindu fakir declared on live television that he could kill anybody with tantric chanting, Sanal Edamaruku simply had to take him up on the challenge.

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Sanal Edamaruku in Helsinki

BBC Report on Sanal

BBC Report on Sanal in Hindi

BBC report about Sanal Edamaruku has appeared in several world languages on different BBC web sites. First appeared a report in Hindi, India's national language.
Read BBC report on Sanal Edamaruku in Hindi language.

BBC Report in Spanish

Spanish translation of the BBC report about Sanal Edamaruku received wide readership in South and Central America, and many parts of Europe.
Read BBC report on Sanal Edamaruku in Spanish language

Report in Czech language

Around the second anniversary of Sanal's exile in Finland, several fresh reports on Sanal Edamaruku appeared in different languags in different parts of the world.
Read a report on Sanal Edamaruku in Czech language by Honza Werner

Report in Romanian language

Here is a report on Sanal Edamaruku in Romanian language, by Radu Eremia.
Sanal Edamaruku, indianul care a demontat numeroase mituri, de la fakiri cu puteri supraomeneşti la statui fă

Producing magical ash from mid-air

Producing magical ash from mid-air

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Sanal Edamaruku in Helsinki

Two years of exile

It was in the first week of March 2012 that the "miracle" of a water dripping Mumbai crucifix that dripped water and attracted thousands of believers was scientifically explained and thereby stopped by Sanal Edamaruku. On a live TV programme he provided evidence that the source of the miraculous water was a leaking toilet drainage pipe. The exposé and the subsequent TV debate that Sanal had with the Mumbai bishop infuriated Catholic Church. Determined to silence their powerful critic at any cost, they resorted to extreme means.

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Soley Edamaruku (31/1/1934 – 1/3/2014)

Soley Edamaruku passed away

(31/1/1934 – 1/3/2014)

Soley Edamaruku, National Council member of Indian Rationalist Association and mother of Sanal Edamaruku, died on 1 March 2014 in a Trivandrum hospital. She could not meet her son for two years. Hours before her death, Sanal was with her on Skype.

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Sanal Edamaruku with James Randi

Richard Dawkins Foundation interviews Sanal Edamaruku

During the TAM conference in Las Vegas last year, legendary James Randi in a moving public talk announced that Sanal Edamaruku was his hero. We reproduce here a two part interview with Sanal Edamaruku (recorded during TAM) by Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason.

Sanal Edamaruku – Interview, Part - 1

Sanal Edamaruku – Interview, Part - 1

" When I came out of the TV studio after the debate on the so-called miracle - with five representatives of the church and the Mumbai bishop to counter me -, professional teamsters sent by the church were waiting with sticks outside to beat me..."

Sanal Edamaruku – Interview, Part - 2

Sanal Edamaruku – Interview, Part - 2

"I keep on going... The church planned, at high level, to damage me.. but it's persecution has enhanced my outreach and expanded my horizon."

Gail Tredwell and her book

Hugging Saint "Amma" under scrutiny

Indian holy woman Amruthanandamayi's major achievement is a record of hugging millions of devotees around the world, including top politicians. It is the base for her huge fortune and money minting institutions in numerouos countries. Now the Hugging Saint who claims to be the incarnation of at least two Hindu gods, has become the centre of a controversy after an insider and close associate published a book with shocking details about violence and financial scandals inside the cult. Australian born Gail Tredwell joined the cult of the Hugging Saint at the age of 20 and became the personal assistant of the "goddess" for the next two decades. With bitter experiences that shattered her belief in the Hugging Saint, she left the ashram and now came out with a book that shook the cult empire.

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Christopher Hitchens (1949 - 2011)  Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens  during Christopher's last public appearance

Remembering Christopher Hitchens...

Christopher Hitchens, a towering rationalist and atheist of our times, passed away two years back in the month of December, from complications arising from cancer. Some months before his death on 15 December 2011, he received the Richard Dawkins Award from Dawkins himself.

As Richard Dawkins rightly points out, the name of Christopher Hitchens has joined in the history of our movement with those of Bertrand Russell, Robert Ingersoll, Thomas Paine and David Hume.

A noted critic of religion and an antitheist, he said that a person "could be an atheist and wish that belief in God were correct", but that "an antitheist, a term I'm trying to get into circulation, is someone who is relieved that there's no evidence for such an assertion." According to Hitchens, the concept of a God or a supreme being is a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom, and that free expression and scientific discovery should replace religion as a means of teaching ethics and defining human civilization. His anti-religion polemic, God is Not Great, sold over 500,000 copies.

We are proud that Christopher Hitchens supported Rationalist International and was its Honorary Associate till his end.

Please watch the video of Christopher Hitchens receiving the Richard Dawkins Award and listen Dawkins and Hitchens. It's treat for Winter Solstice holidays!

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)

Christmas is not Christian

A Christmas sermon by Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)

The good part of Christmas is not always Christian -- it is generally Pagan; that is to say, human, natural.

Christianity did not come with tidings of great joy, but with a message of eternal grief. It came with the threat of everlasting torture on its lips. It meant war on earth and perdition hereafter.

It taught some good things -- the beauty of love and kindness in man. But as a torch-bearer, as a bringer of joy, it has been a failure. It has given infinite consequences to the acts of finite beings, crushing the soul with responsibility too great for mortals to bear. It has filled the future with fear and flame, and made God the keeper of an eternal penitentiary, destined to be the home of nearly all the sons of men. Not satisfied with that, it has deprived God of the pardoning power.

And yet it may have done some good by borrowing from the Pagan world the old festival called Christmas.

Long before Christ was born, the Sun-God triumphed over the powers of darkness. About the time that we call Christmas the days begin perceptibly to lengthen. Our barbarian ancestors were worshipers of the sun, and they celebrated his victory over the hosts of night. Such a festival was natural and beautiful. The most natural of all religions is the worship of the sun. Christianity adopted this festival. It borrowed from the Pagans the best it has.

I believe in Christmas and in every day that has been set apart for joy. We in America have too much work and not enough play. We are too much like the English.

I think it was Heinrich Heine who said that he thought a blaspheming Frenchman was a more pleasing object to God than a praying Englishman. We take our joys too sadly. I am in favor of all the good free days -- the more the better.

Christmas is a good day to forgive and forget -- a good day to throw away prejudices and hatreds -- a good day to fill your heart and your house, and the hearts and the houses of others, with sunshine.

Prof. Rao

Top Indian scientist criticizes superstition of Indian Space agency

In a welcome move, top Indian scientist, Bharat Ratna-designate and the Chairman of the scientific advisory council of the Indian Prime Minister, Prof. CNR Rao, has publicly criticized the long time practice of Indian Space research agency of seeking "divine blessing" in Tirupati temple and called it an act of superstition.

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Judge Barbara B. Crabb

USA: Court victory for secularism

Cheers to Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)!

A Federal District Court in the USA has declared a religious income tax exemption unconstitutional, fixing a huge leak that allows religious ministers of all stripes – priests, rabbis, imams and others – to avoid income tax payment for a considerable part of their salaries. The so-called parish exemption is currently benefitting about 44,000 religious salary earners and costing U.S. tax payers some $ 700 million a year.

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After 324 Years..

Film in memorial of the first known Polish atheist

The Polish Rationalist Association, the counterpart of Rationalist International in Poland, has produced a wonderful doumentary film on Kazimierz Łyszczyński, a noble man, philosopher, land owner, soldier and atheist who lived in Poland (March 4, 1634 to March 30, 1689). He wrote a treatise entitled "The non-existence of God" and was accused of blasphemy. Later he was executed by the Catholic church.

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Sanal Edamaruku

Sanal Edamaruku: Indian Gurus - From flying fakirs and starving saints

Speech at TAM 2013 at Las Vegas, USA

Sanal Edamaruku is the president of both Rationalist International and Indian Rationalist Association. He has carried out investigations which have helped expose many frauds, mystics and godmen. His campaigns against superstitions triggered a silent revolution in rural India and have been featured in Indian and international media. He is a regular TV commentator on various TV channels.

In 2012, Edamaruku debunked the "miracle" of the weeping Jesus statue in Mumbai and countered the claims of the Mumbai bishop in a TV debate. In response, the Indian Catholic Church pressed charges against him using an old draconian blasphemy law.

As fundamentalist groups threatened to assassinate Edamaruku, he left India. He now lives in Europe and is campaigning world-wide in defense of Free Speech and against blasphemy laws.

Click here for the video of the speech.

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James Randi

James Randi: Fighting the fakers

Keynote address at TAM 2013 at Las Vegas, USA

James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world's most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.

Randi has pursued "psychic" spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water "with a memory," and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over the public's eyes in the name of the supernatural.

He is the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural.

Click here for the video of the speech.

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Who should apologize?

One and a half years after Sanal Edamaruku debunked the 'miracle' of the Mumbai water dripping crucifix, the spokesperson of the archdiocese of Mumbai now agrees, "if we were to investigate all the evidence presented, it definitely didn’t seem like a miracle. There is no need for a declaration on our part.." All the same, pointing out my criticism on the miracle-mongering business of Catholic church, he reiterates Mumbai arch bishop's demand for my apology as a condition to withdraw the cases against me. "We are saying, 'If you have made those statements, then apologize.'"

Sanal Edamaruku has made his position clear: "Even if the church brings all torture machines from the medieval times that it used to silence critics, I will not apologize. The church should withdraw the cases unconditionally. The church need not apologize to me for the harassment that they made. It would, however, be appropriate to apologize to those gullible believers who were served toilet water, under a priest's guidance, claiming that it was holy water."

Read the interview with Fr. Nigel Barrett, spokesperson of the archdiocese of Bombay, in Frontline magazine

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Sanal Edamaruku

Interview with Sanal Edamaruku

Sanal Edamaruku, the president of the Indian Rationalist Association, has been at the forefront of the fight against superstition and black magic. The Catholic Church pressed blasphemy charges against him for exposing the miracle of a water-dripping crucifix. He lives in Finland in exile at present. In an email interview to Frontline, Edamaruku spoke about the challenges to the rationalist movement and the future of a post-religious society in India.

Read the landmark interview with Sanal Edamaruku in Frontline Magazine.

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Outlook

The Witch Hunt Continues

SANAL EDAMARUKU

September 05, 2013

The murder of Narendra Dabholkar, death-threats to those who expose "miracles", delayed action against godmen... is the Indian dream turning into a nightmare?

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Asaram Bapu

Indian godman arrested

Asaram Bapu, 72, one of India’s rich and powerful godmen, has been arrested from his Jodhpur ashram. He stands accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl. It is for the first time that public pressure has been stronger than political protection, that shielded him from prosecution in many assault, murder and other criminal cases in the past. There are chances that Asaram will be brought to book at least for one of all the horrible crimes he committed.

IBN Live

The Laws are unholy for India's holy men!

SANAL EDAMARUKU

5.9.2013

The law is finally taking its course against Asaram Bapu however, with utmost hesitation. It took days of massive public uproar, a hunger strike of the victim's family, strong media protest and even mounting pressure from a section of parliamentarians to get the state machinery started. There is a big foot standing in the brakes…

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Sanal Edamaruku and James Randi at the TAM 2013 (The Amazing Meeting) in Las Vegas, USA

Two rationalist heroes

“I consider James Randi as my hero. When Randi, in his keynote address in the TAM conference suddenly announced that he considered me as his hero and the audience reacted with standing ovation, I felt totally moved!” - Sanal Edamaruku

Sanal Edamaruku – Interviewed during TAM by Jessica Bluemke
Sanal Edamaruku – Interviewed during TAM by Jessica Bluemke
The Times

He argued and argued. So he was murdered

David Aaronovitch

August 22 2013

The death of a brave Indian rationalist reminds us that people are still killed simply for opening their mouth

On Monday night Dr Narendra Dabholkar, a man in his late sixties, took an evening train from Mumbai to Pune. He arrived after midnight, but still got up early the next morning to go for a walk in the Sambhaji Garden. Shortly after 7am two men, who had parked their Honda motorbikes by a Hindu temple, walked up to Dr Dabholkar and shot him four times in the head and body. By the time the police arrived he was dying.

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New Humanist

India’s second freedom struggle

Sanal Edamaruku

20 August 2013

My friend and colleague Narendra Dabholkar was murdered for standing up to superstition. Let us hope his death inspires Indians to continue his fight for rationalism, says Sanal Edamaruku

Narendra Dabholkar’s death has finally focused public attention on the role of the rationalist fight for India. It is a tragedy that the death of one of the country’s finest rationalists was needed to bring about this sea change. But as I knew him, I can imagine that he would smile.

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DNA

Be watchful and disquiet!

Sanal Edamaruku

August 25 2013

With Narendra Dabholkar, India has lost one of its finest rationalist leaders, I have lost a friend and a brother-in-arms, who has been a pillar of the movement in Maharashtra. His brutal murder made visible an explosive conflict seething under the surface of public attention. I think at least after the rationalist’s death people should open their eyes. Dabholkar was murdered because he stood up against superstition. But his enemies have not been common believers trying to defend their faith. On the contrary, the rationalist movement is enjoying great acceptance. Dabholkar was loved by the people and this is best reflected in the spontaneous outpouring of grief and anger in Maharashtra.

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Deccan Chronicle

‘Dabholkar faced martyrdom for his cause’

DC | 23rd Aug 2013

Kottayam: “The murder of anti-superstition activist, Dabholkar,  is an affront to the civilized world, and shockingly no religious leader has till now denounced it,” according to Sanal Edamaruku, close associate of  Dabholkar.

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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar
Dr. Narendra Dabholkar
Interview with Sanal Edamaruku

‘Narendra Dabholkar’s death should inspire Indians to battle superstition’

The noted anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was murdered in broad daylight in Pune. The founder of the Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, Dabholkar had been associated with a two-decade-long campaign against superstition and had been the force behind the creation of a legislation against superstition and black magic. During the course of his battle against superstition, Dabholkar had received many threats from various groups but had never allowed it to deter him.

Sanal Edamaruku, in an interview to Firstpost, speaks about his friend and colleague and about India’s second freedom struggle.

Sanal Edamaruku gets a pat from Angelo

Cartoons by Angelo Madrid

Heroes of Rationalism and critical thinking - Part 1: The great Tantra Challenge
Heroes of Rationalism and critical thinking - Part 2: The Weeping Jesus
Sanal Edamaruku speaks on his father Joseph Edamaruku, on his birth and a forced conversion scheme

Sanal Edamaruku speaks on his father Joseph Edamaruku, on his birth and a forced conversion scheme

On the seventh death anniversary of his father, the legendary Indian rationalist Joseph Edamaruku, Sanal Edamaruku delivered a memorial speech on the annual memorial at Trivandrum

Sanal Edamaruku: On his father J.Edamaruku <strong>Sanal Edamaruku</strong>: On his birth & a forced conversion scheme ...
Sanal Edamaruku: On his father J.Edamaruku Sanal Edamaruku: On his birth & a forced conversion scheme ...

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Sanal Edamaruku during an interview at the Humanist House in Oslo

Sanal Edamaruku tells the Catholic Church: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind”

Tulpesh Patel reports Sanal Edamaruku's trip to Norway

On 10th of March, 2012, leading Indian rationlist Sanal Edamaruku was called out to a Mumbai chapel to investigate claims that a statue of Jesus was spontaneously weeping tears. Despite his long a colourful career debunking superstitions and religious myths, there was no way that Sanal could have foreseen that the reaction to his simple explanation – that the ‘weeping’ was caused by the capillary action of water from a nearby blocked sewage drain – would change his life forever and become a watershed case in securing India’s secular future.

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A winning team: former Indian cabinet minister Natwar Singh and polit-tantrik Chandraswami

Margaret Thatcher, Chandraswami and Natwar Singh

Sanal Edamaruku

Natwar Singh is a gifted story teller. But he does not mind to use his talent for a dirty job. His pretentious tale of Margaret Thatcher’s alleged admiration for Chandraswami, that is hitting the media these days, is a brazen-faced attempt to bring the shady polit-tantrik, entangled in numerous high profile criminal cases, back into the match. It is appalling to see the former Indian cabinet minister and professed rationalist prostituting himself for such a service. But alas, if his story is true, it’s not the first time.

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FIRSTPOST

Sanal Edamaruku: Natwar Singh disgraced India by promoting superstition

Apr 10, 2013

Natwar Singh did a disgrace to India by projecting it as a country of snake charmers and superstitious beliefs. Even a child can tell that he was trying to promote a religious con-man like Chandraswami thus denigrating the image of India.

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Sanal Edamaruku

New Online Petition

Drop blasphemy charges against Sanal Edamaruku

Sign here…

The Rationalist Association (UK) has launched the Second Online Petition in Sanal Edamaruku’s support. The first one, calling upon the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India and the Archdiocese of Mumbai to encourage the withdrawal of blasphemy charges against Sanal Edamaruku has so far been signed by 12453 people (counting…), among them Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, John Opie and many other prominent Rationalists. However, so far the Catholic authorities did not move.

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Kunngjøring

If you are from Norway or otherwise speaking the interesting language of this beautiful coutry, here is good news for you: Our Bulletin will from now onwards have a Norwegian edition! Please spread the word! To subscribe to it, please click here.

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Sanal Edamaruku spent a relaxed afternoon on the first anniversary of the miracle exposure in Mumbai with his skeptic friends Tulpesh Patel and Marte at their apartment in Norway

It’s 10th of March again...

Time flies. One year has passed. On 10th of March, 2012, Sanal Edamaruku has been in Mumbai to investigate the Catholic “miracle’’ of Jesus’ dripping feet. It was the day that changed his life.

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Sanal Edamaruku with Luis Garcia Castro in Madrid

Sanal Edamaruku in Spain

In December 2012, Sanal Edamaruku visited Spain. He traveled across the country, met with rationalists, skeptics and atheists from all walks of life – among them many scientists, artists, students and professionals – and gave talks in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada and Gijon. In the first of his speeches, held on 15th December in Barcelona’s Civic Centre, Sanal provided insight into nature and mechanisms of various facets of the Indian belief in the paranormal and into the techniques of rationalist work.

Now you can see Sanal Edamaruku’s Barcelona speech on YouTube: click here.

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Trolling With Logic Trolling With Logic

Sanal Edamaruku on "Trolling With Logic"

Sanal Edamaruku has been special guest on TWL Live, an internet TV show and podcast on issues of science, skepticism and atheism. In the live program on 24 February, he speaks about a childhood event that prompted him to become a rationalist activist, about dangerous superstitions enjoying political support in India, about the Mantra Healing Centre and many other topics .... Now on YouTube.

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Blasphemy, Free Speech, and Rationalism: An Interview with Sanal Edamaruku

Blasphemy, Free Speech, and Rationalism: An Interview with Sanal Edamaruku

The March/April issue of the American magazine The Humanist is just out with a long interview with Sanal Edamaruku. Sanal talks to the historian and writer Ryan Shaffer about his background, his childhood, his rationalist father, his academic interests and intellectual influences, about his work and success in India, about religion and state, the ongoing case, the draconic blasphemy law and about the future.

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Tiranga Bangle

Tiempo Real – De la física y otras blasfemias

On 20th February, Tiempo Real, Latin America’s biggest TV network, has broadcast an interview with Sanal about the situation in India, his rationalist work and the blasphemy case against him. You can see it here.

Tiranga Bangle

Japan - South Africa – India
Evolution of a patriotic new avatar of superstition

Tiranga Bangle is the name of a new product on the great Indian superstition bazaar. This copper bracelet promises to relieve you from pain, cure a range of illnesses including gout and arthritis, protect you from the damaging influence of radioactivity and boost your energy, strength and vitality. Such claims are nothing very special in a country where scores of lucky charms, miraculous pendants, protective amulets, healing crystals and holy oils are out to lure the gullible and the fearful. But this is a slightly different story. And it is alarming.

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Sanal Edamaruku

Alarming erosion of intellectual and artistic freedom in India

Sanal Edamaruku

I feel worried about India’s future. There is an alarming erosion of intellectual and artistic freedom in my country.

The fate of Kamal Haasan, great actor and rationalist, is yet another case in point. I heard his emotional statement the other day, considering exile as his last resort to further unfold his creative talent. I feel pained.

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Rationalist International on FaceBook

Rationalist International has now an official page on Face Book. Please visit this page frequently for regular updates, news and links to wonderful articles. Mark your “Like” on the Rationalist International page, make comments, share articles and links and make it vibrant. Here is the address:

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Indian Society of Authors asks Prime Minister of India:

"Drop all malicious charges against Sanal Edamaruku"

Prof. Dinish Mishra, prominent writer, scholar and President Emeritus of the Indian Society of Authors urged the Prime Minister of India in a letter sent on 3 February, to take up necessary steps to ensure the dropping of all malicious charges against Sanal Edamaruku. Full text of the letter is given below.

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FINNISH HUMANIST UNION

A LETTER FROM THE FINNISH HUMANIST UNION

Support Sanal Edamaruku

Dear Friends,

I write to you as the president of the Finnish Humanist Union, as an Honorary Associate of Rationalist International and as a close friend of Sanal Edamaruku since decades.

As you may know, Sanal is living in Helsinki since June 2012. I am glad that the Finnish Humanist Union is in a position to offer him a safe though modest base outside India from where he is fighting the blasphemy cases launched against him in India by religious zealots backed by the Roman Catholic Church. This case, based on a draconian law from colonial times, is posing a threat to Sanal’s freedom and even to his life, as we got confidential information about a plot to attack him if arrested.

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WAITING FOR A FLYING SAUCER AGAIN

WAITING FOR A FLYING SAUCER AGAIN...

Of psychopaths, profiteers and big doomsday biz

Sanal Edamaruku

(Written one day before the world ended on 21 December 2012)

20th December, 2012. Doom is looming large. Our world is claimed to come to an abrupt end tomorrow. One of the few places on earth expected to be spared is the French village of Bugarach, south west of Carassone. Nestled in the shadows of the Pyrenees, it is a legendary place. Some 800 years back, Pope Innocent III launched here a bloody crusade to extinguish Cathar heresy. Tomorrow, aliens with a flying saucer are expected to land here to rescue the chosen ones. Fearing the worst, the mayor of Bugarach has called in police to cordon off the alien landing place....

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CNN International

Sanal Edmaruku charged after debunking crying Jesus statue

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www.firstpost.com

‘Blasphemy law is unworthy of secular democracy’

In a long and very open interview, Sanal Edamaruku speaks in Stockholm to Pallavi Polanki from FIRSTPOST about the draconian Blasphemy Law that has to be abolished, about his life in exile, about his "underground" times in Delhi, about failed attempts to win the support of Indian politicians and about his next plans. (Click here to read the interview)

India awakes

This TV program is a breakthrough. CNN IBN, a leading English-language channel, started a campaign for the freedom of Sanal Edamaruku. “Does a rationalist deserve to be jailed for questioning a religious miracle?”, asked firebrand moderator Sargarika Ghose on 4th December in CNN IBN’s flagship program Face the Nation, calling upon the public to take a stand. The response was impressive: people from all walks of life expressed unequivocal support for Sanal, on camera, on twitter and on facebook. The wave keeps running... And 87% of the viewers who participated in a public internet ballot answered the question “Are blasphemy laws out of place in a secular democracy?” with a clear Yes! The blasphemy law should go.

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Home-made Catholic 'miracle' at Ballinspittle

Home-made Catholic "miracle" at Ballinspittle

Travelling South and North Ireland during the last week of November, Sanal Edamaruku spoke in public meetings in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast and met politicians, professors and students and supporters of atheist and rationalist organisations in several places. Before he left for Germany, the leaders of Atheist Ireland, who organized and hosted his journey, invited Sanal to visit the village Ballinspittle, the place of the famous Catholic “miracle” of the “Moving Mary” statue.

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Sanal Edamaruku -  Photo: Kuva / Yle (Helsinki)

I used my best weapon: laughter

Sanal Edamaruku speaks about the bigger frame of the Blasphemy case against him, about the Vatican’s plans for India, Catholic miracles and a “Saint exportable”. He tells how he escaped a trap set for him and explains why the Indian blasphemy laws have to be abolished

Click here to see an excerpt of Sanal’s talk in Dublin
Click here to read more about the “Saint exportable”
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ireishtimes.com - Sanal Edamaruku speaking in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril  Irish Times

Ireland's blasphemy laws condemned

“Ireland’s blasphemy law is being cited by Islamic states 'as justification' for persecuting religious dissidents.... World public opinion has to be raised to the issue of blasphemy laws. I am not so much worried about me; I am worried about the end of these laws” -- Sanal Edamaruku

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Frankfurter Rundschau - Sanal Edamaruku

26. November 2012 . INDIEN

Wunder-Enthüller wegen "Blasphemie" verfolgt

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The World & BBC World Service

A Rationalist Fights to Disprove Miracles in India

The American journalist Ashley Cleek travelled all the way to India to shed some light upon the background of the blasphemy case against Sanal Edamaruku. Here is her report

Ashley Cleek, November 23, 2012

“..... I met Edamaruku three years ago in Delhi. But this time, we spoke over Skype, because he has decamped to Europe, for “an extended lecture tour.” Edamaruku faces jail time back home. So what happened?

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the guardian

'Blasphemer' at risk of jail in India brings his fight to Europe

Sanal Edamaruku faces court for revealing 'tears' trickling down a statue of Jesus came from clogged drainage pipes

Henry McDonald, 23 November 2012

When water started trickling down a statue of Jesus Christ at a Catholic church in Mumbai earlier this year, locals were quick to declare a miracle. Some began collecting the holy water and the Church of Our Lady of Velan Kanni began to imagine a future as a site of pilgrimage.

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Senator Ivana Bacik greets Sanal Edamaruku

Sanal Edamaruku speaks in Dublin, Cork, Galway & Belfast on 24, 25, 26 & 27 November

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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.

Senator Ivana Bacik greets Sanal Edamaruku

Report about the London Meeting

by Paul Sims

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.

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Paul Kurtz

Paul Kurtz passed away...

Paul Kurtz, American skeptic, founder of modern secular-humanist movement and philosopher, passed away on 20 October 2012. He was 86 years old. He was Honorary Associate of Rationalist International and also Honorary Associate of Rationalist Association (formerly RPA) of UK . In 1999 Kurtz received International Humanist Award by the IHEU, and in 2000 he received International Rationalist Award by the Rationalist International.

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Sanal Edamaruku with Jacek Tabisz, signing the Trilateral Agreement of Co-operation

Sanal Edamaruku in Poland

Accepting an invitation of the Polskie Stowarzyszenie Racjonalistów (Polish Society of Rationalists, PSR), Sanal Edamaruku toured Poland this July. It was both, a fascinating and insightful journey through the history of Poland and a lively and cordial exchange with rationalists all over the country.

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Małgorzata Koraszewska and Andrzej Koraszewski

Małgorzata Koraszewska and Andrzej Koraszewski - new Honorary Associates of Rationalist International

Małgorzata Koraszewska and Andrzej Koraszewski from Poland have been elected Honorary Associates of Rationalist International. This is in recognition of their relentless and committed services for the rationalist cause in Poland and far beyond. Writing and publishing hundreds of enlightening articles and translations of today’s most powerful voices of reason, science and emancipation into Polish language, Andrzej and Malgorzata have inspired a generation of young rationalists and supported them swimming against the tide in a once deeply religious country. Especially by creating the rich and lively portal racjonalista.pl as an intellectual catalytic force, they have helped significantly in building a strong and dynamic rationalist movement in Poland and connecting it to rationalists all over the world.

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Sanal Edamaruku says, “NO.”

“I can understand that they might be inspired by the stories of Inquisition and Witch Hunting in the middle ages. We live in 21st century. There are courageous people who would defend the right to speak what they are convinced about, even if stakes are invoked against them. I am one amongst them. I would not apologize nor succumb to any pressures.”

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Sanal Edamaruku

Police in Sanal’s house to arrest him

4 July 2012.This morning, officers of the Delhi Police reached Sanal Edamaruku’s house to arrest him. They came upon directions of a Delhi court to execute an arrest warrant issued by a Mumbai Metropolitan Magistrate Court (second highest Criminal Court).

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The noose is further tightening

A petition for “anticipatory bail”, filed by Sanal Edamaruku to the Delhi High Court, has been turned down on formal grounds!

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Caspar Melville interviews Sanal Edamaruku

Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku vs the Catholic Church - lend your support

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Catholic Church vs. Sanal Edamaruku

The noose is tightening at Mumbai

It is more than three weeks now that agents of the Catholic Church pressed multiple blasphemy charges against Sanal Edamaruku as revenge against him for exposing their “miracle” of the water-dripping cross as a job for the plumber. While the threat of arrest keeps looming over Sanal’s head, ready to hit anytime, the Catholic Church is unleashing the “dogs of the Lord”). In a widely circulated public statement, a fanatic Catholic group tries to invoke fatwa power and calls Sanal a case for mental asylum.

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LATEST PRESS REPORTS:

Wall Street Journal (15 May 2012): Christ Statue in Mumbai Prompts Balsphemy SpatThe Hindu (7 May 2012): India's god laws fail the test of reasonHindustan Times: Batting for reason in a land of faithFinancial Chronicle: Life is the greatest of all miraclesThe Sunday Indian: Cross ConnectionsAssorted articles: Batting for reason in a land of faith

Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

As he exposed the “miracle” of the drippling Jesus in Mumbai, revengeful Catholic Church leaders vow to harass Sanal Edamaruku with an array of blasphemy cases. The harassment has started.

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the POD delusion

Sanal Edamaruku on Catholic Miracles

The Catholic Church is famous for it’s preposterous fabricated miracles. The church has an interest in promoting innumerable bones of saints with allegedly curative properties, mystical shrouds and apparitions of the blessed virgin mary - they confer a sense of spiritual authority upon the church and help raise funds.

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Wired Opinion
James Randi

Reason Under Fire in India

This week, a change of pace: I’m hoping to enlist the readers of “The Amazing Column” to join me in fighting a ridiculous, archaic attack on reason halfway around the world in India.

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Christian forums file FIRS after IRA chief calls 'miracle water' a scam

Early last month Sanal Edamaruku, head of the Indian Rationalists Association had claimed on TV that the water seeping out of a cross near Vile Parle was fake.

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FIR against rationalist for questioning ‘miracle’

Man files complaint against Sanal Edamaruku who dismissed water dripping from Jesus statue as due to capillary action, saying he had made statements against the Church. Read the article

Hear an interview with Sanal Edamaruku in The Buffalo Beast

BEASTcast 28: Sanal Edamaruku
Posted by Josh Bunting On April - 15 – 2012

The magic healer of Janakpuri

A Rationalist Sting Operation

Janakpuri, one of the largest residential colonies in Asia, is located on the outskirts of New Delhi. In a sub-lane of one of the main residential blocks lives Sunderlal Bhargav. From behind the bamboo curtains covering his veranda in the ground floor, clouds of white smoke are soaring into the air. Holy mantras are being recited. In front of the fire, with an excited face, sits Alison, a blonde TV anchor from Australia. Vis a vis a jovial fat man clad in white, chanting relentlessly holy words. That is Bhargav. He is a holy man. Bhargav and Alison have struck a deal.

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Sathya Sai Baba

Rushdie: Long shadow of the fatwa

Its twenty three years now. On 24th February 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued his fatwa against Salman Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses”. There was nothing very new about a religious leader calling for the murder of a writer because he did not like his books. Or perhaps more precisely: because he vaguely sensed irreverence in his expressions without even going to the bother of reading a line. Religious leaders, if only powerful enough, have always claimed the right to silence any voice that does not sing their song. Not only Islam - the history of Christianity is full of Khomeinis, indexing books and burning “heretics’ alive. Dogmatism cannot stand intellectual confrontation. It needs heavily guarded, air-tight protectorates to survive.

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A related article by Sanal Edamaruku in Malayalam.

The secretive Vatican Bank is ruled by a small group of cardinals and, ultimately, the pontiff

The Pope, his Bank & the Mafia

There is hullaballoo in the Vatican, since sensitive and highly embarrassing internal documents were leaked to the media. Over the past month, “Vatileaks” produced three major scandals: revelations of cronyism and corruption governing the papal state, the rumor of a murder plot against the pope, and allegations of sinister deals of the Vatican Bank.

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Hamza Kashgari

Saudi Arabia: Death threat against journalist for twitter comment

Saudi newspaper columnist Hamza Kashgari (23) is in great danger of being killed - with or without a court verdict. His fate lies in the hands of blood-thirsty Saudi clerics.

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Adel Emam

Egypt: Actor Adel Emam sentenced to three months jail

The world famous Egyptian movie and stage actor Adel Emam* has been sentenced in absentia to three months jail for allegedly offending Islam and its symbols. He has one month to appeal against the sentence. The case was brought by a lawyer linked to an Islamist group. It refers to Emam’s performance a 2007 film and a 1998 stage play about an Arab dictator.

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Richard Dawkins

UK: Richard Dawkins celebrates a victory over creationists

Prof. Richard Dawkins welcomed a decision by the British government barring free schools from state-funding if they teach creationism in science classes. The decision comes in the wake of the British Humanist Association’s powerful campaign against creationism, spearheaded by Dawkins and supported by 30 leading educationists and scientists.

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Sanal Edamaruku and his team in a North Indian village

RATIONALIST REALITY THEATRE

Indian Rationalists have developed a novel way to immunize villagers against a very special disease that is rampant in India, highly communicable and extremely dangerous: superstition.

From the tour diary: Igniting fire without matches
" Le Monde

On 11th November 2011, Le Monde published an article about Sanal Edamaruku and the work of the Indian Rationalists, titled:The Indian who does not like the gurus. Read the full text (in French).

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Premiere in Zurich
18 Sept. 2011

Premiere in Zurich

By Sanal Edamaruku

The event lived up to its name. In Zurich, the premiere of the Denkfest was put on stage this September. Under direction of the Swiss Freethinkers, it turned out to be a vibrant celebration of critical and scientific thinking on a high level.

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Sathya Sai Baba

India would have been a better place without Sathya Sai Baba

By Sanal Edamaruku

When Sathya Sai Baba died this morning (24 April 2011) at the age of 85 years, he proved once again that miracles and predictions fail.

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Prahlad Jani
TheNational 30th May 2010

Exposed: the tricks of India's ‘guru’ fraudsters

Hannah Gardner, Foreign Correspondent

Sanal Edamaruku calls for silence, stretches out his upturned hands and then issues a single command: levitate.

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Prahlad Jani
guardian.co.uk 18 May 2010

Prahlad Jani and his powerful protectors

By Sanal Edamaruku

Prahlad Jani's claims to have survived without food or water for decades is being bolstered by people who should know better .

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Twinkle
guardian.co.uk 12 May 2010

When I met the 'girl who cries blood'

By Sanal Edamaruku

Tantrics, astrologers and assorted 'holy men' were called in. But Twinkle's problems were far from supernatural.

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Times Online 19 March 2010

Rationalist challenges guru to kill him live on TV

By Jeremy Page

How one rationalist is taking on the gurus.

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The Great Tantra Challenge

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Sanal Edamaruku on BBC

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