Radical Humanist Association( IRHA) was constituted in 1969. It aims at
bringing renaissance in India with Humanist philosophy. Radical Humanism
was developed by M.N.Roy (1887-1954). Large number of intellectuals discussed
the philosophies, modern science, reason, and revolution in various study
camps and as a result Radical Humanism emerged. It is also called Integral
Humanism; New HumanismM.N.Roy was elected as vice President of International
Humanist and Ethical Union in 1952 in Amsterdam. Erich Fromm acclaimed and
recommended the two volumes of Roy`s magnum opus “Reason Romanticism
and Revolution” so that people can understand better about Renaissance.
Fromm mentioned this in his book “Sane Society”. M.N.Roy disbanded
his party The Radical Democratic party in 1948 in favor of Humanist movement.
Roy was very critical of political party system, which robs the soverignity
of people. Roy elaborately suggested decentralization of power, ethical
norms, cooperative economic system, and scientific education and pyramidical
structure of administration where power is always with people.
Several eminent persons put their efforts to organize through Radical Humanist
association. Mr. Justice V.M .Tarkunde, Mr C.T.Daru, Mr. Justice Avula Sambasivarao,
Mr M.V.Ramamurthy, Ms Indumati Parikh,and Prof Jayanti Patel worked as chairmen
of the IRHA at various periods.V.M.Tarkunde resigned as judge of Bombay
High Court to work for Radical Democracy. He put all his efforts for civil
liberties, human rights and decentralization of power.
New executive for 2005:Indian Radical Humanist Association(IRHA)
Mr Justice Raghavendra A. Jahagirdar, retired judge from Bombay High Court
was elected as president of IRHA on 16 december 2004 at Bombay, M.N.Roy
Human Development campus.
Mr. Narisetti Innaiah was elected as General Secretary of IRHA.
Ms Santa Singh, political science professor was the joint secretary.
Radical Humanist a monthly journal is edited by Rekha Saraswat. The Journal was founded by M.N.Roy. It has long
history in molding the intellectual opinion of the several people in India.
After Roy the journal was edited by Ellen Roy, V.B.Karnik, Shib Narayan
Ray, Professor A.B.Shah, Justice Jahagirdar Raghavendra, Justice V.M.Tarkunde,
Indumati Parekh built M N Roy campus in Bandra East, Mumbai, India which
has become center for humanist activities. International humanist conferences
were held here.
Professor Shib Narayan Ray edited the selected works of M N Roy which
were brought by Oxford Publishers in 4 volumes. The biographies of M N
Roy were written by V B Karnik, Shib Narayan Ray, Samaren Roy, G.P.Bhattacharjee,
N.Innaiah, J.B.H.Wadia, and several others. The bibliography of M N.Roy
works were compiled by Prof Ganguly in Kolkatta and Mr N.Innaiah.
Thousands of books were written on Roy and his philosophy throughout the
IRHA commenced its activities in 2005 with international convention on
what is Secularism and contemporary situation.
On 14 Jan Justice Raghavendra A Jahagirdar, the president of Indian Radical
Humanist Association, did the inauguration. He gave prepared and extempore
speech on Indian attitude towards secularism.
Mr. Justice Jayachandra Reddi the chairman of Press council India attended
as chief guest and gave speech supporting the cause of secularism.
Ms Santa Sinha, Magassasay awardee explained the need to educate children
in secular way and necessity to bring all children to schools.
Lars Gule narrated the situation of secularism in Norway and Europe.
Mr. Vikram exposed the miracles of god men by distributing the holy ash
and bringing Siva Lingam.
Jaya and Malini of Jana Vignana Vedika , The humanist cultural group,
Saraiah scientific forum students, Manava Vikasa troupe sang secular songs.
Mr. Prakash Narain humanist from Delhi presented paper on Secularism and
Hindutva. Mr. V K Sinha presided over.
In evening session Mr. Vijayam, atheist center, Mr. Ramana murthy, editor
vijaya viharam, B.Kirkhart, atheist leader from USA spoke.
Sangeeta Mall managing editor of Radical Humanist presided over.
Mr. Vikram exhibited the spoon bending frauds.
Cultural groups sang songs.
Mr. N.Innaiah conducted the convention as directors.
The convention was well attended. Mr. Subbarao, M brought out some booklets,
which were released by Mr. V K Sinha. Book exhibition was arranged.
Delegates from Andhra, Kerala, West Bengal, Gujarat, Delhi, Bombay attended.
15 Jan 2005
On the second day the convention commenced with the songs of Saraiah group
and Mr. K.Kesavarao, the president of Andhra Pradesh Congress committee
spoke the need for asserting secularization in India.
Mr. Roy Brown, the IHEU president stressed the need for separation of
church and state.
Ms Chandralatha, novelist spoke on rural life in Andhra where Jim Herrick,
the humanist from UK dealt with secularizing the art.
Ms Subbamma, the humanist narrated her achievements through secular movements.
N.Innaiah co coordinated the meeting. B.Sambasivarao the secretary of
Manava Vikasa Vedika spoke.
Prof Desai from Gujarat explained the carnage in the state while Mr. Kuruvella
Daniel revealed the secrets of Makara jyothi in Sabara malai.
Question answer session followed.
The media covered the convention. Andhra Jyothi published interviews of
prominent humanists on 16 (City Life).TV9, ETV2, Maatv, Teja, Citicable
covered the proceedings. Kuruvella Daniel interview on Sabarimalai fraud
was telecasted in TV9.
The convention opined that religion should be separated from state and
the people in power must keep their personal religious faith as private
matter without bringing into office. Government should confine to administering
the money matters but should not observe religious performances at the
time of inauguration, opening ceremonies, oath taking, and so on so forth.
Press meet on faith healing
FARA, IRHA and JVV held a press meet on 21 jan 2005 in JVV office.The
CD of James Randi`s exposure of Poppof was screened. A press note was
circulated challenging the faith healers to take up the case of Mr Jayapal
redid, the minister for information who is suffering with polio and if
the faith healers can cure him then all the rationalists will believe
faith healing and join them. The note explained how the emotionally surcharged
atmosphere of congregations created INFERON which might temporarily relieve
pain but will come back with double intensity.The Christian faith healers
are luring the poor people and cheating them with miracle cures through
toMr Sushil Kumar Shinde, Governor of Andhra pradesh; Nr M.S.Satyanarayana,
Minister for Endowments and K.Janareddi, Minister for Home Government
of Andhra Pradesh, India
Humanist Association, Federation of Atheist Rationalist Humanist associations
(FARA), Jana Vignana Vedika submits this memorandum for immediate action.
of Andhra Pradesh is infected with god men, holy women, Christian faith
healers; black magicians who thrive on the ignorance, innocence and faith
of people. We come across several instances of cheating, looting money
properties of people. They get exemptions from income tax, wealth tax,
and property tax in the name of religion. They also escape responsibility,
answerability to their ill-gotten wealth both from abroad and within the
country. Often some of them indulge in crimes and escape under the garb
of spiritualism. The sufferers are devotees.
Hence we request the government to stop these nefarious activities in
so-called religious-spiritual dens. We request for the following action.
1. A survey
of all the ashrams, mutts, peetams, and church centered faith healing
places, wakf board frauds with full details .The details should include
the past life of the so called holy persons, their crime record, properties
2. What are the present activities of these holy persons, which includes
collection of amounts from devotees, and abroad. If so is there any accountability
for that. Is there permission to receive foreign money?
3. If the religious places involve in business activity including manufacturing,
sale, advertising, does it cover income tax, wealth tax, property tax,
and sales tax? If not will the government immediately bring them under
4. Is the religious place open for public always or do they maintain secrecy
of admission, privacy for certain persons? If so, what is the need for
secrecy for spiritual religious bodies which thrive on public money?
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5. Are the
ministers, officials, judges, visit these holy places at the cost of government
money or keep the visit as purely private affair. If government money
is involved, is it not violation of constitutional principles?
6. When the holy persons claim to cure diseases with their drugs, prayers,
supernatural powers, does it not attract the act of drugs and magical
remedies? Will the government, especially the medical department take
note of this and take action?
7. The police department should take action sue motto against these holy
persons when they indulge in faith healing, spreading superstitions, claiming
cure for diseases with spiritual supernatural powers so that innocent
people are saved.
8. Will the government consider avoiding public holidays for religious
festivals so that those who observe the religious day may avail the optional
holiday and others may work normally? Thus imposing religious faith on
all people may be avoided.
9. An act may be planned like prohibition of superstitions (as contemplated
10. Will the government avoid inviting the holy religious persons to inaugurations,
openings, and oath taking ceremonies of official functions and keep them
open to all.
Here is the
list of persons, mutts, holy places, Christian faith healers, and ashrams
to be taken up by the government:
Baba of Puttaparthi, Anantapur
China Jiyyar Swami,
Kalki Baba of Chittoor district
Ganapathi Satchitananda Swamy (Datta Peetadhipathi)
Vijayasri Devi of Nellore
Bala Sai Baba of Kurnool
All Christian faith healers in the state
Rev Paravastu of Rajamundry
John David of Gutti
Bandlamma of Kavali
Ramdhoot of Ongole
Shirdi Sai temple trustees
in the state
Mehar baba temples in the state
Shirdi Sai temple trustees in the state
Chinmayananda ashrams in the state
Maharshi Mahesh yogi properties in the state
Brahma kumaris in the state
Ravi Shankar properties in the state
Matha Amrithananda mayi properties in the state
Raghavendra swami temple in Kurnool
Naked holy woman in Kurnool
Andal matha properties in Hyderabad
Jillella mudi amma properties
Desi guruvulu who travel in telengana from rayalaseema
Black magicians in the old city of Hyderabad
Siva bala yogi of cuddapah
Christian missionary activities in the state
Note of Explanation:
Baba affairs: The State of Andhra Pradesh got bad name in the eyes of
world due to lack of action against Puttaparthi Prasanti Nilayam of Sai
Baba despite serious allegations of sexual abuse, murders, money affairs,
false claims of paranormal powers.
UNESCO advised the world not to send delegates to the educational conference
held under the auspices of Puttaparthi ashram.
In view these things the state government ought to have taken action.
Andhra Pradesh pilgrims are attracted to Shirdi in large number. Temples
emerged in the name of Shirdi Sai. They are not covered by Endowments
department. Devotees are cheated by Shirdi Sai Trustees in many ways.
There is no photo of Sai baba. They show the photo of Abdul baba, a servant
of Sai Baba and propagate as though it belongs to Sai baba. The trustees
did not publish the Sufi sayings of Sai baba lest the devotees should
think that he is not Hindu and thought that they may lose income. Some
trustees in Maharastra were arrested for indulging in corruption. The
temple trustee activities in Andhra Pradesh should be checked.
The newly emerged Bala Sai Baba in Kurnool was exposed by the media for
his corrupt activities. Proper inquiry should be conducted at once.
Enormous properties were donated to Brahma kumaris in Hyderabad by Telugu
Desam government and also they enter into government offices with full
Matha Amrithananada Mayi
This hugging holy matha started acquiring properties in the state. Already
one estate was established in Mahendra hills, secunderabad. Her false
claims were already exposed by Srini Pattathanam, in Kerala.
China Jiyyar Swami
Often he indulges in government affairs. He has already accumulated enormous
properties. He performed one Yagnam for late N T Ramarao-Lakshmi Parvathi
claiming that the result of yagnam will get them son! He also involved
in controversial matters in Tirumala.
He accumulated huge properties. He maintain website too. Rationalists
exposed his activities but the government did not take any action.
He encroached the forest lands near ongole-kavali high way. Rationalists
complained about it. The previous Telugu Desam government received complaint
when Ayyanna Patrudu was forest minister who visited the ashram site.
But no action was taken.
Old city is full of black magicians. Poor people are suffering under the
influence of these cheaters.
Ayyappa swami devotees are cheated
In Kerala on the day of Makara Sankrati the Makara jyoti is lit with the
help of electricity department, forest department and endowments department
of Kerala. No body is allowed to the hill top so that the secret is kept
out of reach. Rationalists who exposed the truth of litting camphor and
make belief story is concocted as though divine light is coming on that
day, were not allowed to go to the other hill of Sabari Malai.
Several devotees are not told the truth in Andhra but they still believe
the false story of divine light.
Christian faith healers
Several faith healers in the state often open congregations and attract
thousands of poor people with false claim of curing diseases. Those patients
are never tested by doctors before the cure or after the cure. The cheating
is going on.
The Christian missionaries are getting enormous amounts from abroad. Some
of them show hostels, schools, hospitals and charity institutions as cover
to their nefarious activities. Tandur child murders were notorious incidents
where Christians are involved. These Christian missionaries attract persons
in power and get properties. They must be checked.
We are mentioning few examples only but all holy loafers are to be observed
and checked on time to save people from their clutches.
Co- Ordinator Secretary
FARA Jana Vignana Vedika
Telugu daily published an item on 8 march 2005 in City Life column written
by N.Innaiah, General Secretary Indian Radical Humanist Association, with
the caption “ unscientific alternative medicines to be banned”.
The editors also welcomed discussion on it.
High-level committee of experts under the chairmanship of Director General
of Indian Council of Medical Research Dr N.K.Ganguly examined and concluded
that alternative medicines are unscientific and should not be practiced.
This was done due to directions given by the High Court Delhi when Electropathy,
Electro homeo people claimed for money from government. In 1998 the committee
was constituted. The report was submitted in May 2003.
criteria for scientific test:
The system should have its own fundamental principles of health and disease
with a comprehensive system of health care and not restricted to a
Few diseases only.
The system should have substantial literature on concepts, etiology, diagnosis
and management of diseases like textbooks, including pharmacopoeia and
The system should be recognized in the country of its origin or in any
other country, where it was currently practiced.
The system should have documented information on the uniqueness of modalities
of treatment may it be drug, devices or any other method such as diet,
massage, and exercise?
The system should have standardized methods of preparation of drugs/devices
with clear-cut quality control procedures.
The experts panes scrutinized systems: Reiki, acupuncture, magnetotherapy,
pranic healing, hypnotherapy, colour therapy, aroma therapy, music therapy,
reflexology, gems and stone therapy, electrotherapy, electro-homeopathy,
urine therapy, auto-urine therapy.
These systems failed to satisfy the basic requirements of scientific methods.
Union Health ministry( Sushma Swaraj) was the minister) approved the recommendations
of the expert’s panel.
No institute should offer courses in these systems and confer degrees
No body that practices these systems should call themselves as “doctor”.
The Supreme Court asked the Central government to legislate on the conclusions
of experts panel.
Justice Y.K.Sabharwal and Justice D.M.Dharmadhikari directed the Central
government on 25 Nov 2004 that the legislation should be done within two
Humanists and Rationalists demanded
government to immediately implement the conclusions of the experts and
wide publicity should be given so that people will become conscious about
the unscientific nature of the alternative systems. Care should be taken
to prevent the fake doctors to close their clinics and help the patients
not to become victims in the hands of these quacks.
birthday falls on 21 March. To commemorate his birthday few lectures are
Dr A.D.Sawant, Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai gave talk on
Environmental Problems of India. Justice Raghavendra R Jahagirdar, president
of IRHA presided over on 21 march 2005 in western regional instrumentation
center, Bombay University Kalina campus.
Dr N.Jayaprakash Narayan, national co ordinator of Lok Satta delivered
a talk on The State, The market and the citizen. Dr N.Innaiah, general
Secretary of IRHA presided over on 2o march 2005 in Press club, Hyderabad.
Professor Tahir Mahmood, former chairman of Minorities commission of India
spoke on Religion and law in the modern world-21 st century scenario,
march 21 2005.Justice Rajinder Sachar retired judge presided over.
RH committee 2005
biennial general meeting of IRHA WB was held on 26 and 27 March 2005 and
a new executive committee had been formed. In this committee, Mr. Ajit
Bhattachayya is the President, Mr. Salil Dasgupta and Mr. Sushil Kar are
Joint Secretaries and Mr. Krishna Chandra Som is the Treasurer. There
are other EC members /
IRHA is registered
and audited accounts. The No. is Registered under Societies Registration
Act - 1860. Mumbai Reg. No.9199, G.B.B.S.D.
of Atheist, Rationalist and Humanist associations in Andhra Pradesh, India
formed during 2002 with Dr Innaiah Narisetti as co coordinator. The associations
joined in the federation are: Andhra Pradesh Radical Humanist Association,
Rationalist Association of India-Andhra Pradesh; Atheist Association,Vijayawada;
Indian Atheist Association, Anantapur Rationalist Association, Humanist
center, Inkole; Manava Vikas Samajam;
Several activities were taken up to educate the public and media.
2004 FARAH activities
Farah the federation of atheist rationalist Humanist association started
its activities in 2004 with a media meet on 7 January in Working Journalists
Union meeting hall in Basheer Bagh, Hyderabad. Mr. Larry Jones, vice chairman
of International Humanist and Ethical Union, New York and Gogineni Ramanath
Babu executive director of IHEU, N.Innaiah co coordinator Farah addressed
the press meet. Three books were released on this occasion.
Living without religion by Paul Kurtz, translated into Telugu by N.Innaiah
This book was dedicated to Mr. Kotapati Murahari rao and Mr. Narra Kotaiah
They were also present to receive the book.
The second book is Memoirs of Cat by M.N.Roy, translated into Telugu by
The third book is by M.Subbarao on curbing the menace of fundamentalism.
Mr. Larry Jones released this where as the other Mr. G.R.R.babu released
explained the activities of Hyderabad rationalist forum and Rationalist
Mr. N.Innaiah explained the thrust of Farah on separation of religion
Mr. G.R R Babu criticized the state and central governments for indulging
in the promotion of cults like Brahma kumaris and babas like Satya Sai.
He wanted the implementation human rights, which will cut across all religions.
He also cited the example of Pakistan, which has gone into barbaric state
through Sharia and denied the rights of expression. He gave the example
of dr Younus Sherif who was punished for criticizing Islamic law.
Mr. Larry Jones said that USA is going fundamentalist way under Bush regime
and felt that superstition is on the rise.
Mr. I.Muralidhar proposed vote of thanks.
Interview by Andhra Jyothi
Mr. Larry Jones and Mr. G R R Babu were interviewed by Andhra Jyothi and
published in daily on 8 Jan 2004.They had a meeting with Mr. K.Ramachandra
Murthy editor of Andhra Jyothi and exchanged views on various aspects.
Mr. N.Vikram, Ravela Somaiah, M.Chandrasekhar attended the Farah press
conference of Farah was held at Tenali on 12, 13 January 2004. M.Basavapunnarao
organized and welcomed the delegates in N.G.O Hall on 12 January.
Earlier N.Innaiah addressed the press and explained the objectives of
N.Innaiah presided over the convention.
Larry Jones inaugurated the conference and shared his experiences of Humanist
studies in United States.
Dr Vijayam translated the speech of Larry Jones into Telugu.
Vincent Lloyd editor of Common sense magazine from USA spoke briefly the
participation of youth in humanist movement in States.
Babu Gogineni explained the activities of International humanist organization.
Premanand stressed the need for united effort and narrated the unity effort
of rationalist organizations.
N.Vikram, Kondalarao performed the psychic surgery and explained the bogus
claims of quacks like Orbito Elex from Phillipphines.
They also demonstrated a street performance in Tenali street corner which
Kiran Nanavati, secretary of Humanist organization from Ahmedabad appealed
for the promotion of secular parties against Hindutva promoters.
He narrated the communal atmosphere of Gujarat.
Mr. I.Muralidhara gave suggestions for functioning of Farah.
Andres Marshall, Time Asia correspondent from Bangkok and Time Photographer
Frederic came to report the activities of Rationalist organizations. They
interviewed Chandra Latha, the author of Drisya Drisyalu, a Telugu novel
on ecological problems.
On the night of 12 January Farah representatives had discussions on future
of organization and various suggestions emerged. IHEU leaders and Time
magazine correspondent also participated in it. I.Muralidhar, N.Vikram,
C.Bhaskararao, Thotakura Venkateswarlu(editor of Charvaka monthly) N.Innaiah,
G.R.R.babu, Larry Jones, Vincent Lloyd, participated. Marshall Andrews
observed the discussions with keen interest.
On 13 January the Farah convention discussed the problem of Child abuse
N.Innaiah initiated discussion by giving details of UNESCO role, various
religious abuses of children and the need for scientific education for
children from primary level.
Mr. Narne Venkatasubbaiah presided over the second day deliberations.
MrBasavapunnarao explained the role of local bodies.
Mr. Krantikar fr om Khammam spoke. Mr. Ancha Seetharamaiah spoke.
Saraiah group sang several rationalistic songs in the conference.
Book exhibition also attracted several delegates.Mr Premanand spoke on
the second day.
charter of demands to political parties
charter of demands passed in Tenali conference were submitted to political
parties at Hyderabad on 24 Jan. N.Innaiah, I.Muralidhar, N.Vikram, M.Chandrasekhararao,
Mr. T.V.Rao(janavignana vedika) went round to Telangana rakshaka samithi(
Prof Srinivas redid), Telugu Desam( Umareddi Venkateswarlu), Congress
(K.Rosaiah), CPM (Raghavulu) CPI ( Suravaram Sudhakar reddi) BJP( Kishan
Reddi).All of them received well and expressed their views on various
points. They also accepted to distribute the charter among their party
members for discussion.
Mr. N.Innaiah, co ordinator and Mr. G R R Babu, Executive director of
IHEU addressed the media on 27 January 2004 in Press club, Hyderabad.
Innaiah briefed the press regarding the charter of demands of FARA, which
was submitted, to political party leader for implementation.
He explained the implication of the charter of demands.
Mr. Babu extensively briefed the media about the freedom of dr Shaik Younus
who was in Europe after release from Pakistan jail. He narrated the efforts
of IHEU in releasing the providing asylum for Dr Shaik. He also gave details
of various efforts of IHEU in saving the freedom of writers and fighters.
Mr. I.Muralidhar, Mr Hanumantharao, Mr Vikram, Mr. M.Chandrasekhararao,
Mr. Veeranana attended the press meet.
to Amrithanandamayi devotees
On 8 feb
Fara held a media meet in Press club, Hyderabad and protested to the government
of Kerala and the devotees of Matha Amrithanandamayi for trying to prosecute
Mr. Sreeni Pattathanam. The book written by Pattathanam is the basis for
prosecution. State government permitted mr A.T.Ajan an advocate of Kollam
to proceed against Pattathanam. FARA exhibited the hugging mother photos
and demanded probe into her funds received from abroad. They also asked
to remove all exemptions on Ashram funds since they are running it as
business concern. The hugging humbug was also criticized by FARA.
Mr. In.Innaiah, Mr. I Muralidhar, Mr. M Subbarao, Mr Hanumantharao, Mr
M Chandrasekhar participated in it. Eenadu, Vaartha published the news.
There was TV coverage. The book written by Mr. Pattathanam in Malayalam
was exhibited to the media along with the gist in English, published in
PM and CM
of FARA protest emails were sent to Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee,
Chief Minister Nara Chandra Babu Naidu for visiting officially to the
Puttaparthi Sai Baba on 11 Feb 2004. They violated the secular norms by
encouraging such cult babas.
a press meet on 7 march 2004 in Press club, Basheer Bagh, Hyderabad and
screened the CD of Denmark devotees of Sai Baba. It shows the sexual perversion
of Sai Baba. UNESCO withdrew from the educational conference organized
by Prasanti Nilayam in 2001 and advised visitors not to go since sexual
abuse complaints are rampant. Conney, a Swedish actor narrated his own
experiences with Sai baba and established a society in Sweden to help
the victims of Sai Baba Ashram.
Some other revelations also were shown like false claims of divinity,
miracle cures, taking things out of nowhere.
N.Innaiah addressed the press and demanded inquiry into funds of Ashram,
constitute committee to probe into sex complaints and account for enormous
amounts received from abroad.
Mr Muralaidhar, Mr. Subbarao M and Mr Chandra sekhar attended. Mr. Vikram
through his magic shown how ATMA Lingam is taken out from mouth which
Sai Baba fakes and cheats his disciples.Mr M.Subbarao exhibited the book
of Premanand “Murders in Sai Bab`s Bedroom” to the media.
on Shirdi Sai and trust affairs
A press meet
was held on 28 march 2004 in Regional Trasport commissioner office, Hyderabad.
Mr CLN Gandhi arranged the screening of Shirdi Sai photos for press.
Mr. N.Innaiah addressed the media saying that the photos exhibited for
devotees are not original Sai Baba. The photos of Shirdi Sai do not exist
at all. All the photos are of Abdul Baba who served Shirdi Sai. The Shirdi
Sai trust was created after 5 years of the death of Sai in 1917. Mr. Rahim
Baba who is 70 now served his grand father Abdul Baba and revealed the
truth about the photos to Mr. Prabhakar Nanawaty, Pune when he interviewed
Mr Abdul Baba also noted the sayings of Shirdi Sai in urdu. The manuscript
consist of 110 pages. Three photocopies were exhibited to the media. They
were not published by the Shirdi Sai trust because they belong to Sufi
sayings and Koran. Shirdi Trust wanted to do business on Sai by propagating
Hindu customs and attract more devotees to get money. The trust involved
in corrupt practices and some of the trustees were jailed also. One Mr.
K.R.Sampath IAS was appointed as approver. The Maharastra government wanted
to issue ordinanance and take over the trust under the chief ministership
of Vilasarao Deshmukh.But some officials who happened to be the devotees
stopped the attempt.
Mr. Yoginder Sikander of Islamic Institute of Leiden, Netherlands also
wrote article in Feb and March issues of Radical Humanist in 2004. Mr.
P.K.Nanawaty`s article was published in Rationalist Voice in 2003.
The Temples constructed in Andhra Pradesh are not controlled by Endowments
department since the Supreme Court accepted the plea that shirdi sai is
not Hindu. The individuals in Andhra Pradesh are constructing the temples
of sai and making money.
Malladi Subbamma lamented the exploitation of women in the name of Shirdi
sai pilgrimage. Mr. B.Sambasavarao, president Bharat Nastik Samaj said
that there is not word Sai but originally it is Shahi, who fled from the
sepoy mutiny fight during 1857. Later he was shown as Shirdi Sai.
Mr. I.Muralidhar said that the research articles of Sikander, and Nanawaty
revealed the truth about Shirdi sai. He also narrated how some individuals
indulge in earning through Shirdi sai temples in Nellore.
Mr. Vikram demonstrated through magic how the miracles of Shirdi sai took
place, such as lighting the lamp with Water and creating holy ash.
TV9 channel telecasted the news prominently.
Mr. Chandrasekhar, Ms Nandita were present.
a media meet to expose the defectors in politics in Andhra Pradesh. The
photos of prominent defectors were exhibited to the media. The meeting
was held in Jana Vignana center Khairatabad, Hyderabad on 11 April. N.Innaiah
explained the weakness of politicians who aim at capturing power and defect
parties to achieve that goal.He narrated the long tradition of defections
starting with late Tanguturi Prakasam, Prof N.G.Ranga, dr M.Channareddi
and 100 others.
The conference urged voters to be cautious with such defectors.
FARA also suggested the political parties should observe internal democracy,
decentralization in selecting candidates. The candidates should be elected
by the each political party in the constituency but not in Hyderabad,
Fara suggested that recall system should be introduced to show the power
FARA issued a press statement asking all political parties to stop involving
children for canvassing, carrying buntings, flags, raising slogans and
using them in advertisements. Election commission was urged to take note
of the child abuse during elections.
Datta Ashram of Anksapur, Vempalli mandal, Nizamabad district in Andhra
Pradesh installed 411 kilos mercury Phallic Lingam. The material was brought
from Benaras. It is said that some herbs and chemicals were mixed in it.
The radius of mercury solidified material is 3feet and height one and
Fara and Jana vignana vedika held a press meet on 28 april where Innaiah
warned the health dangers of mercury. He demanded that the concerned holy
persons should obtain permission from pollution control board and it is
against the hazardous material act to use mercury in temple.
Mr. Baburao scientist explained the consequences of mercury leakage into
water, soil and inhaling vapor.
Eenadu, Andhra Jyothi dailies published the item, and TV9 telecasted with
Fara issued a statement through Eenadu on may 8 challenging the astrologers
to predict the party wise winners of assembly and Lok sabha elections,
which will be counted on 11, may. Malladi Subbamma, Kotapati Muraharirao
and N.Innaiah addresses were given with phone numbers. Several phones
came throughout the state from astrologers asking to note down their predictions.
But we insisted on written statements and gave time until 10 may.
A press meet
was held on 9 may in Press club, Basheerbagh Hyderabad where N.Innaiah,
Dr K Krishnaiah and Mr. A V Reddi engineer addressed on Vaastu and its
criminality in connecting diseases to wrong constructions.
Minister Y S Rajasekharareddi- Letter to ask for observing secularism
A congratulatory letter was addressed to the Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhar
reddy asking him to observe secularism and avoid mixing personal beliefs
with administration. Also asked to separate religion from politics and
confine personal beliefs to home and not to bring them to government offices.
to Astrology predictions
A press meet
was arranged to exposed the failure of astrologers in Andhra Pradesh in
predicting the accurate figure of winning figure of political parties
in state and center. The letters written by various astrologers were exhibited
to the media. Also one lakh rupees cheque donated by Mr. Gadded Ramakrishna
was shown to the media in press club, Basher Bagh, Hyderabad on 15 th
TV9, ETV2 telecasted the program. The media Hindu, Eenadu, Andhra Jyothi,
Vaartha published the news on 16 May.
Malladi Subbmma, M Subbarao, I Muralidhar, Vikram, Veeranna G, participated.
Later Mr. Narne Venkatasubbaiah, M.Satyanarayana also attended. Mr.M.Nageswararao
of Eenadu journalism school especially present in the press meet.
Another press meet was held on 21 may in Press club. Addressed again on
fish medicine along with Jana vignana vedika persons. Issued a statement
on fraudulent nature of fish medicine cure of asthma.
Astrological predictions were conducted in three schools. In Malladi Subbamma
junior college girl students and Prakasam school in Khairatabad students
were given horoscope predictions after obtaining their date of birth,
place of birth, birth sign etc. Similarly 17 lady teachers were selected
in Jubilee hills public school (20th dec 2004) and their horoscope were
distributed to each individual. In all the three schools the participants
were given astrological predictions in envelops and asked to read silently
and after going through the text, asked them to keep the paper in the
envelop. Then opinions were obtained about the accuracy of the predictions.
Majority of the participants said that the text was accurate; some said
that it was 90% accurate. But none said that the predictions were wrong.
Then the participants were asked to give the envelop to the person sitting
behind him/her and the last row participants were asked to give their
envelops to the front row persons. Then they were asked to go through
the text. Every body was taken aback and surprised that the text is the
same for everyone. What is the accuracy is the question! At that juncture
Indian astrology was explained through question answer session, the non
existent planets, the difference between sun and planet, the inaccuracy
of calculation at the time of birth; no influence of planet on persons;
ignorance about the stars;
Most of the participants accepted the falsehood of astrology and its predictions.
In each case, N.Innaiah explained in detail about the scientific attitude
to understand the difference between astrology and astronomy.
Then followed the magic show of Mr. Vikram where he exhibited the distribution
of holy ash, bringing out Siva Lingam from stomach, which was followed
by explanation. The teachers participated in the discussions.
Vaastu was repeatedly challenged by FARA and Jana Vignana Vedika in meetings
Mr. Gouri Thirupathi Reddi books were condemned as committing social crime
and harassing persons with his false claims. Similar discussions were
held in TV9 and ETV2 channels too. Mr Pandarinath, Mr. Gouri Thirupathi
redid failed to argue scientifically. Mr. N.Innaiah, Mr. TV Rao Mr. I.Muralidhar,
Mr. B.Sambasivarao participated on behalf of JVV and FARA.
is following its own peculiar secularism. Often the political parties, especially
the religious oriented dub Secularism as “Western”.
It all started with the perverted interpretation of Secularism by Dr Sarvepalli
Radhakrishnan ( the president of India and interpreter of Hinduism)
Dr Radhakrishnan defined secularism as equal respect to all religions and
never should be considered as irreligious. Political parties in power follow
this definition and take advantage of the situation to their advantage.
Mahatma Gandhi realized in the last days of his life the need for separation
of religion from politics, especially the state. Gandhiji always practiced
religion in politics through prayers. He followed the principle of equal
respect to all religions. At the fag end of his life Gandhi wanted non-interference
of State in the religious matters. He also emphasized the separation of
religion so that it can be practiced only at personal level. But that was
too late. He did not live longer to propagate the separation of religion
Jawaharlal Nehru as first prime minister of India always stood for secularism.
But he could not take it to the logical end due to pressures from political
and religious lobbies. He even failed to bring uniform civil code in the
The founding fathers of Indian Constitution makers clearly stated, “
that nothing in this article shall affect the operation of any existing
law or prevent the state from making any law regulating or restricting
any economic, financial, political or other secular activity which may
be associated with religious practice.”(Article 25 (2) (a) constitution.
Through 42nd amendment to the Constitution in 1976, the preamble clearly
stated:” We the people of India having solemnly resolved to constitute
India into a Sovereign Secular Democratic Republic”.
Yet the political parties who oppose the secular principle and who support
the practice of Secularism dare not interpret in proper perspective.
Usually the Congress party is considered to be secular-by and large. Barring
Jawaharlal Nehru, all the congress prime ministers, ministers, and others
at various levels followed religious practices “officially”.
The invite Hindu priests on the occasion of oath taking ceremonies, inaugurations,
opening of new projects, laying foundations, etc. To avoid criticism they
involve Christian priests and Muslim Mullahs too. They visit temples and
receive honors “officially”. They exhibit their faith publicly
at the cost of government funds, which means peoples money. The government
officially declares holidays to all religious festivals. Temples, Masjid
and churches are allowed in the premises of government offices. During
office hours the prayers are allowed. Persons bring their own individual
Guru’s pictures, images into the offices. Government officially
patronage the pilgrimages, provide all facilities and extend financial
concessions. Government lands are allotted to religious purposes.
Each religion took advantage of the weakness of political parties and
gained much to benefit in several ways. Religious establishments became
powerful institutions with huge amounts accumulated. All religions get
exemptions from taxes. There is no accountability either for the illegal
money or business affairs conducted in the name spiritual activity.
Cult Babas, holy women gather around politicians and built empires of
ashrams. Even criminal activity of holy persons goes undetected except
in rare cases.
Dhirendra Brahmachari a cult holy persons was very powerful during Mrs.
Indira Gandhi`s tenure of Prime Minister ship. Chanda Swami, a cult person
emerged as spiritual ambassador during the time of Mr. P .V.Narasimharao`s
premiership. In each state several holy cult persons amassed wealth and
established powerful empires. They developed connections with politicians
who always come to their support in need.
Presidents of India prostrated before the holy persons and visited several
of them “officially”. Similarly prime ministers, ministers,
judges, officials made their religious visits official. All these practices
made secularism more difficult in public life.
The confusion about secularism percolated to all levels. The compulsion
of elections, made the political parties impotent before cults, religious
The left parties are supposed to be secular and non-religious, if not
irreligious. But this is not so. Communists gained power in states several
times. They did not practice secularism. Take the example of Kerala. Communists
ruled the south Indian state quite for some time. There is Ayyappa cult
in Kerala. People annually visit the Ayyappa temple located on the top
of a hill Sabarmalai. Neighboring state devoted visit in thousands. On
the last day of the visit during January month, the government officially
involves electricity department, forest department, and temple administration
in the function. On the other hill near Sabarimalai, the government arranges
to light camphor so that devotees see the light. It is described as Divine
Light. Of course it is make belief. This practice is going every year.
Communists also practice this anti secular make belief.
When there were protests, the chief minister of communist party defended
the practice saying that the state gains much through revenue from pilgrims
and hence there should be no protest.
Communist party (Marxist) is in power in West Bengal state. Every year
Durga cult religious sacrifices were performed for 9 days with all pomp.
The State government makes all arrangements and encourages the religious
practice. The communist government described this practice as “cultural”
and continues to gain popularity among people. This is another compromising
attitude to perpetuate political power. Communists never tried to educate
people about wrong notions of Durga cult, lest they should lose cheap
Mr. Surjit Singh, communist party leader from Punjab state wear Sikh turban,
grows beard and moustache. He looks like typical Sikh religious person.
Sikh religion insists that hair should not be cut; turban is must and
so on and so forth. The communist leader never resisted this Sikh religious
practice nor tried to educate the Sikhs that dress is personal. On the
other hand they defend these cult practices in dress, food as “cultural”
and follow them!
Mr. Kalam is the scientist from South India. When he was elected as president
of India, secularists felt happy and expected genuine secular practice
from the highest dignitary. But Mr. Kalam started visiting cult holy persons
like Satya Sai Baba, Matha Amrithananda Mayi and Brahma Kumaris. This
practice of encouraging holy persons started with the first President
of India Mr. Rajendra Prasad. The first president not only visited the
religious persons but also even went to the extent of washing their feet
in public. The Presidents Sankar Dayal Sarma, Venkataraman officially
exhibited their faith.
The Bharatiya Janata Party was in power for some time in the center and
in some states. They stood for religion and hence there is no expectation
from them to practice secularism. The disappointment came from Congress
party and left parties.
Muslims and Christians, Sikhs etc took advantage of misinterpretation
of secularism and gained much for their religious practices. Muslims started
ignoring the rulings of Supreme Court regarding noise pollution at the
time of prayers. Muslims use mikes and loud speakers causing nuisance
to residents, students during examination time. Christians and Hindus
also imitate them and started using mikes and loud speakers as though
god is deaf! Religious churches, masjids, Hindu mandirs are built obstructing
the roads and traffic. In the name of religion it is shown as though anything
and everything is possible.
Thousands of holy persons emerge to earn illegal money, property since
exemptions are there and accountability is absent. Most religious places
involve in business that has become very lucrative and powerful centers.
Tirumala-Tirupati has become largest pilgrimage center with enormous amounts
of income. The money source at this temple is not questioned. Hence much
illegal amount reaches the holy place and government accepts this practice
in the name of religion. All such illegal and anti secular activity is
rampant throughout the country, shared by all the political parties.
Future of Secularism
India has to begin
the practice of Secularism, somewhere. To start with there should be clear
understanding that Secularism means separation of State and religion in
all matters. Religion is faith based and hence confine to individual belief
related to god and supernatural spirituality. In the matters of state
the law should be equal to all irrespective of religion. There should
be no exemptions to the principle that all are equal before law. Some
people including religious persons should not be kept above law under
In India some judges visit holy persons “publicly”. This creates
problems. It would be difficult for victims of holy persons to fight against
injustice when judges openly prostrate before the holy persons. Justice
cannot be expected from such persons.
Similarly law officers, Police should not exhibit their personal faith
openly. Holy persons who indulge criminal activity take shelter with the
support of police devotees. These things are happening continuously in
India. Religious crimes also are crimes. There should be no exemptions
to spiritual and religious persons so far as crimes, mis appropriation
of funds, sexual abuses are concerned.
Religious practices of untouchbility, castes, child marriages, burning
of wife when husband dies, oppression of minorities, discrimination against
women, child labor should not be tolerated and there should be no exemption
to those who practice them.
In the field of education, scientific method should be inculcated from
primary level. Religious instruction should not be included in texts,
curriculum since that belongs to faith and belief.
Holy loafers should not get any exemption from law, answerability and
Rights of minorities so far as religion is concerned should be confined
to personal level. This includes prayer, holidays, dress, food habits
and civil law. They must not be brought to the streets.
In India Religion encroached into politics and public life. Thus religious
belief system vitiated the moral life of the people.
Religious morality should not be confused with values and ethics. Religious
values, morality are strictly confined to divine laws and supernatural
realm. There is no verification, nor proof for religious belief systems
and religious values including moral faith. They should not be confused
with human rights, human values and human morals.
Secular values are moral, and human. Secular values are not in any way
connected with supernatural and para normal systems.
Human rights and religions often don’t go together. When human rights
and values emphasize that all are equal, men and women have the same rights,
religions don’t accept. That is the crux of the point. In such cases
religions wish to follow their holy texts like Gita, Koran, Bible which
preach inequality between men and women. Secularism stands for sincere
equality and genuine practice human rights and values.
India needs secular practices in all walks of life. That will put India
in futuristic stance.
All state and Central governments can observe secular holidays leaving
the religious holidays to those who observe them. That will make a good
beginning for secular practice in India
The fighters for Dalits, depressed groups, scheduled castes think that
temple entry on equal footing with Hindus will solve the problem. Some
reformers mistakenly think that if Dalits can be taught to become temple
priests and marriage performance priests, that will uplift them. They
are mistaken. In fact they are leading blindly into the Hindu caste system,
gradation method and accepting Karma theory! Exactly that is the reason
why B R Ambedkar wanted the Dalits to leave Hinduism so that they can
bid good-bye to untouchbility, caste degradation. Temples, priesthood
and religion will not uplift the Dalits and suppressed classes. On the
other hand those deceitful practices lure the weak minds to accept suppression.
Secular practices with human dignity, human values and human morality
will alone bring them into great future.