People should learn to question religion: Javed Akhtar

Sakal Times
Monday, 21 August 2017

Our great scientists have faith in scientific methods. Many scientists from NASA have used new devices to find different planets in the universe. And yet they keep faith in religion and do not question it ever. How is that even possible?

Pune: Renowned Bollywood writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who was in the city on Sunday, said those having utter faith in religion should learn to question it.

“If the truth is so strong then why not question it? Why are we stopped from raising questions and why are we taught not to ask any? I often find people question other religions and their beliefs and at the same time neglect their own. They do not like to think critically about their own religion which is a total contradiction,” said Akhtar.

Akhtar said this while discussing rationality and need of diversity in today’s time, with journalist Rajdeep Sardesai at Sane Guruji Smarak. They were speaking during ‘Jawab Do? Who killed Dabholkar?’ which marked the fourth death anniversary of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune.

Dabholkar was shot dead by unidentified bike riders on August 20, 2013, during his daily morning walk. The police investigation so far has not been able to catch the murderers.
Akhtar noted that the world today is home to people who believe in contrary things.

“Our great scientists have faith in scientific methods. Many scientists from NASA have used new devices to find different planets in the universe. And yet they keep faith in religion and do not question it ever. How is that even possible?” questioned Akhtar.

He said late Dr Dabholkar was a person who inspired others like him.

Speaking during the programme, Sardesai noted that religion and politics are going hand in hand today. He criticised the government saying that in the coming 10 to 20 years people may witness a godman becoming the president of India.

The media is also involved in all this nexus, he said.

“The politicians, godmen and the media are involved in a vicious circle. Recently the issue of Babri Masjid and Ram Mandir has again being highlighted. In my opinion, a hospital should be constructed there instead of both of these as we all are aware that so many children are dying in the state of Uttar Pradesh,” said Sardesai.

 

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