Indian rationalists versus superstition: Jana Vignana Vedika
Posted by robertpriddy on December 9, 2013
Jana Vignana Vedika is an Indian rationalist organisation which striving to create awareness among people about the importance of science in daily life and motivates many volunteers to give demonstrations of a range of black magic tricks so as to create awareness of superstition among the populace.
It has numerous outlets in the Indian media. It’s main agenda is:- http://visualexposures.blogspot.no/2014/12/no-law-bars-sorcery-in-india.html
A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the action of people. For this reason, a research scientist will hardly be inclined to believe that events could be influenced by a prayer, i.e. by a wish addressed to a Supernatural Being.
Only a life, lived for others, is a life worthwhile. The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.
Its stated aims are:-
To popularize science and to promote scientific temper among people
To eradicate obscurantist, superstitious and paranormal and mystical practices from people by means of popularization of science
To understand the scientific basis behind several of the problems faced by the people and to explore remedial solutions for the same
To facilitate the fruits of science which are otherwise confined to the rich to reach the underprivileged also
To encourage quest for knowledge and to strive for national integrity, self reliance, world peace, social progress and cultural vibrancy
To encourage research in divergent areas with people’s welfare as the prime motto
To design programmes suitable to realize the objectives set as above (see http://hydjvv.blogspot.in)