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The fight against superstition gathers momentum

uk canada goose Though the list of superstitious beliefs is long, often dissolving distinctions of class, caste, religion and education, Karnataka’s anti superstition bill is seen as a big step ahead. All it took for its crow cousin to become the subject of news in Karnataka canada goose outlet toronto address was its deciding to sit atop Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s car last year. uk canada goose

The crow would weigh heavily on the chief minister’s fortunes, television channels predicted. The prediction was repeated earlier this year when a crow’s dropping fell on Siddaramaiah’s white dhoti.

canada goose uk shop This time, a headline read: ‘Siddaramaiah haunted by crows.’ canada goose uk shop

With reports centred on the misfortunes to come, Siddaramaiah had to make a statement. ‘Crow is just a bird. But a section of the media, banking heavily on superstition, said a crow on my car was a bad omen which may cost me heavily. They made a mountain canada goose victoria parka outlet out of a molehill then.’

canada goose factory sale ‘When I was in Kerala, a canada goose outlet montreal crow pooped on my dhoti, and the headlines screamed that Siddaramaiah will surely lose power this time,’ the chief minister said. canada goose factory sale

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The same year, the state announced The Evil, canada goose outlet in montreal Inhuman and Superstitious Practices Prevention Bill. But it was only last fortnight that the Karnataka cabinet finally cleared the Bill, with a few touch ups and under a new name: canada goose kensington parka uk The Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017.

Some feel that the bill, drafted with suggestions from an expert panel from Bengaluru’s National Law School of India University, has been watered down in its new avatar: Practices such as vastu shastra, astrology and numerology have been kept out of its purview.

But as Narendra Nayak, president of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations, says, “Something is better than nothing.”

canada goose black friday sale The road for the draft Bill, to be introduced in the legislature during the winter session in November, has only been uphill. This comes as no surprise considering how superstitions are a profound part of even urban value systems. canada goose black friday sale

Sample this: While filing their nomination papers in 2013, a majority of candidates vying for a place in the Karnataka assembly used only either blue or green ink; black and red, they believed, bode ill.

One of these ministers swears by his fur hat to woo Lady Luck.

Some were advised by astrologers to wear four or six layers of clothing over a pre decided colour of undergarments, while one canada goose outlet las vegas of them was asked to file his nomination in the nude!

Though the crow that hassled Siddaramaiah and the naive black cat (which supposedly unleashes bad luck on unsuspecting folk) remain canada goose outlet new york outside the purview of this Bill, they do highlight practices not rooted in science.

“There are, of course, harmless superstitions that all of us believe in. The idea is to tackle the harmful ones that enable exploitation and oppression,” says Alok Prasanna Kumar of the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. Kumar was part of the team that helped draft the Bill in 2013.

If the Bill is passed, it will outlaw black magic done in search of treasure, tantric acts that include physical and sexual assault, assailing people under the pretext of exorcism and creating panic in the name of ghosts.

It will also outlaw rituals involving self mutilation, such as piercing jaws and tongues with rods (locally known as baibiga), and the practice of rolling on food left over by Brahmins in some of Karnataka’s temples.

While it will allow pujas, yatras and parikramas at religious places, it will ban occult practices to treat dog and snake bites, or other illnesses.

For years, Bengaluru based health care professional Sushi Kadanakuppe has had patients approaching her in advanced stages of oral cancer, by which time they are often beyond help.

Rituals directed by traditional healers and astrologers had kept these patients from seeking scientific, professional help. This, she says, will change.

Canada Goose sale Another positive, says Kadanakuppe, is that the Bill “seeks to address indignities against women such as ostracism during menstruation and pregnancy, or parading them naked in the name of worship.” Canada Goose sale

canada goose clearance sale Women, canada goose outlet paypal in fact, are a targeted majority by those peddling superstition. Nayak recounts the time a 25 year old computer science graduate approached him in Mangaluru about an astrologer. “When his solutions didn’t solve her problems, she was told they’d vanish if canada goose jacket outlet she slept with a Brahmin,” says Nayak. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose uk outlet When she seemed upset, the astrologer reportedly tried to placate her by saying, cheap canada goose “There’s no lust here, he’ll only be helping you. And don’t worry, I can arrange the Brahmin for you.” canada goose uk outlet

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During that event he had asked ministers how many rationalists would have to be killed before a law came into place.

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