Religious and civic leaders in Maharashtra united to condemn of the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar on 20 August 2013.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced the passage of an ordinance banning superstitious and irrational practices in the state. This came shortly after his return from the Vithoba temple in Pandharpur, renowned for its Ashadhi Ekadashi mahapooja that marks Lord Vishnu’s awakening from a four-month slumber on the serpent Shesha naga in the Ksheersagar, the ocean of milk.
“Religious leaders should make clear to their flock that there is no place for shibboleths in the modern world,” said Father Aloysius of The Church of the Immaculate Conception before turning to the preparation of his Sunday sermon on contemporary relevance of The Resurrection.
“Superstition is the bane of modern society,” said Maulana Nasruddin of the Darul Uloom Akl, criticizing the widespread use of charms and talismans, and visiting shrines. “Everything we need to know was revealed by the Angel Gabriel to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) 1,400 years ago .”
“The anti-black magic law is central to our reform agenda,” said Maharashtra Finance Minister Ajit Pawar. “Our economy is governed by an all-powerful Invisible Hand and nothing can be allowed to get in its way.”
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