Do *True Believers* have to follow the <strong>literal</strong> word of the Quran or Bible? Is it mere opinion that everything must be *contextualized*? The word of God after all is the word of God. So do all religions including Hinduism inevitably lead to brutality and terror when followed strictly and literally?<br></br>
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“True” Islam or Christianity = Terror?

In case there was any doubt as to my stance, the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo bear no responsibility whatsoever for their deaths. In the same way that I do not blame a rape victim for "provoking" men based on what she wears or how she behaves, I … [Continue reading]

Doctors have no right to impose their ethics onto other people. After providing all the medically relevant information, the decision for a procedure needs to be left to the patient. This is often violated when it comes to procedures like the sterilization of childfree women.<br></br>

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Sterilize me – No Morals Please!

Anupa and I have decided to not have children. Ever. We're damn sure even after 8 years of marriage. A while ago, she showed symptoms of endometriosis - a very common problem affecting women in general (thank god I'm not a woman!). One procedure that … [Continue reading]

Airtel's decision to charge extra for VoIP data arises from its conflict of interest. Its *Phone* business is suffering due to its *Data* business, and so it's tempted to make up the difference by charging us for what it has no right to charge us for. How about we split it up into 2 companies instead. Let the *Phone* Airtel be a separate business from the *Data* Airtel. Problem solved! <br></br>
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VoIP Charges – Time to Split Airtel into 2 Companies?

Airtel's decision to charge extra for VoIP data compared to others is clearly anti competitive. When Airtel sells us a data package, we are paying for just that - data. Bits and bytes. Bandwidth. That is what Airtel sells, and that is what we use. To … [Continue reading]


USB Phones in Ancient India

You know we've reached a tipping point in craziness when a conversation like this happens on a news article about planes existing in the vedic age.   I can totally imagine this poor woman's face right now: … [Continue reading]

When someone offers to help you save your dying child for a price, show some gratitude. Having the choice doesn't leave you worse off than you were before. And if you have a problem with what Christian missionaries do, then get off your ass and offer to help them yourself. <br></br>
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Christian Missionaries – Show some Fucking Gratitude

Recently, an article in the Huffington Post really pissed me off. It talked about how Christian missionaries are doing terrible things in India by...offering to pay for your kid's life threatening illness. Wait what? Here's the scenario. Your … [Continue reading]

There is nothing wrong with accepting money to change your religion. Everyone knows that brands can offer incentives to promote their products. So what is wrong with religions tempting people with money, food, or education to join their club? <br></br>
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What is Wrong with Religious Conversions for Money?

I see nothing wrong with organizations like the RSS and VHP paying people to convert (or reconvert) back to Hinduism. This "Ghar Wapsi" project is exactly what they should be doing. As long as there is no force or physical coercion involved, paying … [Continue reading]

Rape isn't an accident that *just happens*. It requires careful consideration of risks and a lot of planning and forethought. Can we finally stop pretending that rapists *lose control* and that they're a victim of circumstances? <br></br>
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Uber Case – Rape is Not a “Mistake”

India labors under the misconception that rape is something that "happens" as much to the criminal, as to the victim. Remember the Shakti Mills Mumbai gang rape involving a photojournalist? The mother of the perpetrator said "What was my son supposed … [Continue reading]

Sex is not something taken from a woman in exchange for marriage. Holding a man responsible for cheating a woman by reneging on a promise of marriage simply means that you view marriage as nothing but glorified prostitution.<br></br>
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Should “Cheating” a Woman Be a Crime?

Rape is a very serious crime. But is it rape when a man backs off from his promise to marry a woman? I don't think so. Rape is a very specific crime - sex without consent or with invalid consent. Anything else is consensual regardless of the … [Continue reading]

Learn Sanskrit in your spare time if you want, no one is stopping you. Or take private tuitions - no objections. But that's for your own pleasure alone. Sanskrit is dead and isn't coming back - ever. So stop trying to force people to waste their time, and let them select whatever interests them. Sanskrit is no longer an Indian language. How can it be, when no one speaks it?!<br></br>
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Sanskrit – Why Waste People’s Time with It?

Languages grow and die. Get used to it. Latin is the progenitor of modern romance languages. But do you hear of governments shoving it down people's throats crying "Oh, its's our culture"? No. To be sure, there are schools that teach Latin, but that … [Continue reading]

If someone doesn't care about politics, you can't MAKE them care. That's what freedom is about - you can choose to stay away, or participate. And of course, trying to make voting compulsory is completely impractical and idiotic. Especially in a country like India. <br></br>creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by Yogesh Mhatre:

Compulsory Voting in India – What a Joke!

The latest lunacy - Forcing people to vote! So politicians can abstain from voting in parliament and who need not even attend parliament. Politicians, who like Jayalalitha are released from jail after spending 18 days in jail, have no responsibility … [Continue reading]