Over the last few months, there have been several instances of intolerance and superstitious practices that have made headline news. No doubt, there are regional issues at play in the occurrence of each of these incidents, but taken collectively, they are indicative of the hypocrisy and misplaced sense of importance ascribed to certain matters that we hold dear.
Over the last few months, as many as three rationalists have been shot dead, allegedly for publicly airing their opinions. The fact that dissent and debate have been time-honoured components of free speech in India doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Or perhaps, this must be a sign of emasculation; if you are unable to counter the rationalist’s view with a sane counter-argument, get rid of the source of the problem itself.