Saturday, 26 September 2015

Taslima Nasreen is brave but stupid


 In my reply to a comment on one of my earlier posts I called Taslima Nasreen brave but stupid. Some people have asked me to explain.

I regard her as brave because she bravely spoke out against atrocities on Hindus in Bangladesh in her novel 'Lajja '.I am opposed to atrocities on anyone, whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, etc
 However I also call her stupid because she attacks religion without understanding the social conditions which give rise to it.

 Like Taslima, I too am an atheist, and I too believe that all religions are superstitions.. But unlike her, I understand that there are certain social conditions which give rise to religion, e.g. lack of scientific understanding of the objective world, poverty, exploitation, and the chance factor in our lives. Without eliminating these conditions an attempt to suppress religion forcibly will only make people more fanatic and bigoted.

 Religion first arose everywhere due to men's ignorance about nature. Almost all gods everywhere were initially nature gods, e.g the Vedic gods Indra, Agni, Surya, etc or the Greek and Roman Gods, Jupiter, Apollo, Mars, Poseidon, etc.These were personification of natural forces which could benefit man or harm him. For instance, if there is timely rain the agricultural crop would be good, but if there was drought, there would be famine. So men conceived of a rain god, Indra, who had to be propitiated to please him and avoid his wrath.

 Much later the concept of one god alone arose in the Jewish religion and Islam, where God represented the Perfect Man, who did not have the failings of the ordinary man e.g. he never fell sick, was never born and will never die, and is all powerful, etc

 Why do people need religion even today ?

 The poor people, who comprise 75-80% of all people, need religion as a psychological support, because their lives are so miserable that they would go mad if they did not have religion as a consoler and a balm ( some call it an opium ).

 The affluent too need religion because while they are rich today, they may become poor tomorrow. Prosperous businessmen today may become bankrupt in the future ( due to various causes ). Employees may lose their jobs.The chance factor is so powerful today that we cannot control our own lives, and so we believe that some supernatural entity is controlling our lives, which must be propitiated. This is also why people believe in astrology, palmistry, etc which are all superstitions and humbug.

 It is true that today the chance factor is very powerful in our lives. We plan something, but something else happens. But this is due to the low level of development of science as of yet in the world as compared to what it will be 100 or 200 years hence.  Science would then have developed so much that we will be able to control our lives, and then there will be no need of religion.

 100 years hence or so there will be no poverty among humans, because modern industry is so powerful and so big that enough wealth can be generated by it to give a decent life to everyone in the world.

 So instead of directly attacking religion, as Taslima does, i attack the social conditions which give rise to it, while upholding everyone's freedom to practise his/her religion

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    SAYA PAK,ANTON INGIN BERBAGI CERITA KEPADA KALIAN SEMUA ,dulunya sy seorang guru honor yg hidup susah dan banyak hutan ,krn gaji yg tdk cukup untuk menghidupi ke luarnga sy ,ahirnya sy coba untuk menghubungi AKI MUPENG dan dgn senang hati AKI mau membatu sy untuk memberikan angka hasil ritualnya ,dan angka yg diberikan AKI MUPENG benar-benar terbukti tembus dan saya mengucapkan banyak terimakasih kepada AKI MUPENG yang telah menolong saya dalam kesulitan ini tidak pernah terfikirkan dari benak saya kalau nomor yang saya pasang bisa tembus dan ALHAMDULILLAH kini saya sekeluarga sudah bisa melunasi semua hutang2 kami,sebenarnya saya bukan penggemar togel tapi apa boleh buat kondisi yang tidak memunkinkan dan akhirnya saya minta tolong sama AKI MUPENG dan dengan senang hati AKI MUPENG mau membantu saya..,ALHAMDULILLAH nomor yang dikasi AKI MUPENG semuanya bener2 terbukti tembus dan baru kali ini saya menemukan dukun yang jujur,jangan anda takut untuk menhubungiya jika anda ingin mendapatkan nomor yang betul2 tembus seperti saya,silahkan hubungi AKI MUPENG DI nomor 0852 9445 0976 atau KLIK DISINI ,INI KISAH NYATA DARI SY TEMAN” ,terima kasih

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  2. With lot of interest I read this article.Tasleema Nasrin's approach towards religion is similar to your opinions in many controversial matters like the one pertaining to Gandhi.
    I entirely agree when you say that all religion is humbug. Your views on astrology are also praiseworthy. However, till this day in my life, after spending 25 years in reading astrology, I find it very difficult to reject it completely. At the same time, I feel there is no way astrology can be explained rationally.
    I wish you threw some more light on this topic.

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  3. With lot of interest I read this article.Tasleema Nasrin's approach towards religion is similar to your opinions in many controversial matters like the one pertaining to Gandhi.
    I entirely agree when you say that all religion is humbug. Your views on astrology are also praiseworthy. However, till this day in my life, after spending 25 years in reading astrology, I find it very difficult to reject it completely. At the same time, I feel there is no way astrology can be explained rationally.
    I wish you threw some more light on this topic.

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    1. Katju has lost his judge-mental balance! He is in habit of bashing astrology-palmistry-ayurveda and many indian hindu traditions without an iota of knowledge in it.

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  4. Katju you are stupid as well as dumb and may have lost your judge-mental power as well. A religion people like Taslima Nasreen or Pansare (who got murdered) attack because they find something "written" in those religion's holy books which forces their followers to act upon mandatorily. In Islam using contraceptive aids to limit their population is strictly prohibited...its not a social condition Mr Katju! Its a forced upon condition...overgrown population gives rise to poverty, illiteracy and so on! where is the social condition in it???? explain! Islam has so many impositions that MUST BE followed and non followers MUST BE KILLED by other followers and it is legal in their holy book! can you please go on and use your stupid brain to explain about this?? lets see your dumb contentions similar to Sanjay Dutt has served humanity be means of working in Munnabhai MBBS so he should be pardoned was your most stupidest contention I ever heard in my life and probably you made laugh entire world how an ex supreme court judge thinks in irrational manner! Those people who attack religion for right purposes you call them stupid why? to gain appeasement from the minority??? I think you need compulsory admission to some mental asylum where you will be treated with 'due' respect! Can any current supreme court judge order this if I petition in the interest of larger public??

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  5. Justice Katju....how can you be so confident that progress of science will eliminate or reduce chance factor.Science is just a tool and if we dont progress socially its benefits dont apply equally to all and hence the chance factor remains....plus you need to educate yourself on cosmic religion.Religion does have a metaphysical value beyond fear...but I agree that cant be for everyone to realize.

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  6. Justice Katju....how can you be so confident that progress of science will eliminate or reduce chance factor.Science is just a tool and if we dont progress socially its benefits dont apply equally to all and hence the chance factor remains....plus you need to educate yourself on cosmic religion.Religion does have a metaphysical value beyond fear...but I agree that cant be for everyone to realize.

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