Indian Rationalist Association

India's largest rationalist organisation. Founded in 1949. Fights for scientific temper, secularism, freedom of thought and expression. Defends reason and science. Exposes superstition, blind belief, obscurantism, paranormal claims caste-based social divisions and guru-politics nexus. Strives for a post-religious society. President: Sanal Edamaruku Contact: edamaruku@gmail.com Phone: + 91-11-6569 9012, +91-11-64630651

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The secret of Prahlad Jani


Indian holy man Prahlad Jani claims that he did not eat food or drink water since around World War II. Indian Defence Research & Development Organisation took this claim serious. What is the truth behind this holy man? Sanal Edamaruku explains. Click the following link to view the clipping on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9On0X3nBaY

6 Comments:

Blogger Pradeep Satyaprakash said...

For those of us who don't understand Hindi, please consider posting a transcript of the program or a brief synopsis of what happened.

1:55 AM  
Blogger Amit said...

so wat was the result of this test.

no one told

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great group.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Rajeev said...

Does the Indian Rationalist Association target only the people who follow native superstitions? Or does it also target people who believe that a statute of the Mother Mary can shed tears of blood?

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Vishnu said...

@Amit: From the wikipedia page: After his attempts failed the tantrik reported that Edamaruku must be under the protection of a powerful god, to which Edamaruku responded that he was an atheist. Couldn't be a more fitting end to such mumbo jumbo

As for Sanal, I found this website after the video got posted on reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/gqg2k/atheist_challenged_indian_black_magician_to_kill/) I am a NRI living in Ireland, a staunch Atheist and I absolutely love the work you and you're organisation are doing. My only gripe is the online platform you are using. In today age of interconnectivity, I think you would better reach the people with something more than a blogspot account. Investing on creating a standalone website and maybe getting the 'Modern Freethinker' published as an online magazine would do wonders for the movement, and allow Indians like myself access your work.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Aneesh said...

I completely agree with vishnu, you need better PR. If you are going to fight organisations for whom 'god' does the marketing you need something better than a blog. A brand name and a wikileaks style donation frenzy might help if cash is where the bottleneck is.

8:13 AM  

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