The Science and Rationalists' Association of India
() is predominantly a rationalist
group based in Kolkata
. It was established on March 1, 1985 by rationalist Prabir Ghosh
, which happens to be the international rationalists' day. The association has prominent philosophers like Khushwant Singh
and Paul Kurtz
as its members, and preaches against irrational blind faith and superstition
The Science and Rationalists' Association of India debunks pseudoscientific claims, including astrology.Mohapatra, Satyen. "Feeling ill? It could be the planets: Govt study." Hindustan Times.
2008-09-06.Mukherjee, Amit. "Celestial Lucre; It's economics for most. For others, the future of commodities is written in the stars." Business Today.
New Dehli. 2008-09-06.
This group critiques not only pseudoscientific claims, but mystical and religious claims as well. Nobel Prize-winner Mother Teresa
came under criticism from the group. According to one leader, "Mother Teresa has a clean image, and there is no doubt that she has helped the poor…. But in the end we believe that Mother Teresa is not at all any better than all the other godmen and godwomen, because she helps to place a more kindly mask on the overall exploitation in our society."Burns, John F. India's 'Guru Busters' Debunk All That's Mystical." New York Times.
1995-10-10. After Mother Teresa's death, the group cast... Read More