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Mohaguru and his "Quest For Truth" : Compiled By Avijit Roy

"MohaGuru" Aroj Ali Matubbar was a truly homegrown philosopher of Bangladesh without any formal academic training- he had not, in fact, attended any institution of academic learning. Yet, after his death in 1985, Aroj Ali Matubbar came to be regarded as one of the most brilliant rationalists the country has ever produced, and an iconoclast who was not afraid to speak out against entrenched belief and superstitions which easily lead to religious fanaticism. Aroj Ali Matubbar's "Shotter Shondhaney" (Quest for Truth) is a great contribution to world's philosophy.  .... (Read more)

Rabindranath Thakur- A man of arts and letters: By W. Andrew Robinson

Rabindranath Thakur, the celebrated Bengali poet, short-story writer, song composer, playwright, essayist, and painter who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice  .... (Read more)

The Portrait and Poem of a Poet - By Dr. A. H. Jaffor Ullah


The Murray O�Hair Family: Generations in service to Atheism and the Separation of Church and State... Forwarded by Avijit Roy

For over three decades, Madalyn Murray O�Hair and members of her family labored on behalf of the cause of Atheism and the separation of government and religion. As Madalyn Murray, she was a plaintiff in the historic MURRAY v. CURLETT case which helped to end coercive prayer and Bible verse recitation in the public schools of America... (Read more)


Dr Abraham T. Kovoor The Rationalist of Indian Subcontinent : Forwarded By Avijit Roy

Dr Abraham. T. Kovoor was free thinker, rationalist and psychiatrist, from Kerala, South India who later spent his life in Sri Lanka. He was the president of the Rationalist Association of Sri Lanka where he and Dr Carlo Fonseka held regular meetings at Thurston College, Colombo. He came to the conclusion that there was absolutely no objective truth behind such claims.  .... (Read more)


Dr Ahmed Sharif  : A tribute to a Bengali Free thinker By Dr. Nehal Karim

Dr. Ahmed Sharif, the prominent figure of free thought country died just a year back. The scholarly life of Dr. Ahmed Sharif, a retired professor of Bengali literature of the University of Dhaka, came to an end on his way to hospital at 1.40 a.m. on February 24, 1999. A massive heart attack brought the end to the life which begun on February 13, 1921. He was a consummate rational humanist who left behind a legacy for those still fighting fascist ideas, autocratic views, communalism and superstition.  ..  .... (Read more)


Comrade Ila Mitra: A tribute By Dr. Ajoy Roy

Ila Mitra, the legendary peasant leader of undivided Bengal, a veteran leader of the communist movement in the sub-continent, a dedicated friend to the cause of our war of liberation in 1971, breathed her last in Kolakata (Calcutta) on Sunday, 13th October afternoon at PG hospital, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal. It was learnt from ETV-Calcutta TV channel that following a severe heart attack some time back she had been under treatment in the PG hospital.  .... (Read more)


A Rationalist Perspective on the Tagore Debate....

A series of debate on Tagore was spurred by the NFB article of Mr. Abdullah on May 10 that was cross posted in Mukto-Mona. I would like to throw in my own angle on the debate from a rationalist perspective on the points raised by Mr. Abdullah and his critics as well. First I would like to clarify a point made by Mr. Abdullah in his NFB article of May 20 also cross posted on Mukto-Mona (The coin has two sides: two hands make clapping!) on Satyen Bose and Einstein,...... (Read More)

Rabindranath: A Misguided Genius - Shahadat Hossain   [ Part 1    Part 2 ]

Rabindranath Tagore - An Alternative view : by Shakil Sarwar

Rabindranath Tagore had always been portrayed larger than his life. Hardly people tried or dared to criticize him of his shortcomings. Those who tried to do so failed to propound sufficient supportive arguments. I have taken the trouble of crudely translating some excerpts I collected over the last few years..... (Read more)

Bangalee versus Muslim: Criticizing Rabindranath : by Zakaria S Khondker

In a typical village in Bangladesh, if you surpass your neighbors and relatives, you are in trouble. Neighbors and relatives will try to humiliate you, pull you down. As wealth, fame, recognition, honor all are in relative terms. The psychology is if you are down, they will be seen higher. . .... (Read more)


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Gandhi - did he really promote non-violence? by Nalinaksha Bhattacharyya

Gandhi's Ahimsa was meant to defuse struggles by masses against the imperialists. Never once did Gandhi ask the state to be non-violent. All his sermons of non-violence were reserved for the exploited masses when their anger tended to coalescese into movements. Once in the 1930s two platoons of Garhwal regiment were stationed in Peshawar. They were asked to fire upon unarmed demonstrators. They refused. They were court martialled. Gandhi SUPPORTED THE ACTION OF THE BRITISH GOVT. Let us also not forget that Gandhi actively recruited for British war effort during the First World War..... (Read More)

  Replies Author Date
4920 Re: Gandhi - did he really promote non-violence?/Yes he did! Golam F. Akhter Thu 3/14/2002
4982 Re: Gandhi - did he really promote non-violence? N.Bhattacharyya Wed  3/20/2002
4945 Re: Gandhi - did he really promote non-violence?/ Eshon Waheed Sun  3/17/2002
4946 Re: Gandhi - did he really promote non-violence?/ Sohail Ahmad Sun  3/17/2002
4947 Re: Gandhi - did he really promote non-violence?/ Manjur Alam Sun  3/17/2002

The Illusory Vs. The Real Mother Teresa

Here we represent two interesting articles for you that claim that Mother Teresa, although praised by Christians and other community, wasn't such a kind and wonderful person as commonly assumed..... (Read more


Mother Teresa on fire!

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa: Revered by many

India has no reason to be grateful to Mother Teresa

"India, especially Calcutta, is seen as the main beneficiary of Mother Teresa's legendary 'good work' for the poor that made her the most famous Catholic of our times, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner and a living saint. Evaluating what she has actually done here, I think, India has no reason to be grateful to her", said Sanal Edamaruku, Secretary General of the Indian Rationalist Association and President of Rationalist International in a statement on the occasion of her beatification today. The statement continues:  . ... (Read more)

A protest from Mukto-mona on Teresa's Miracle (Bangla)


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