Dr Narendra Dabholkar, born on November 1, 1945, gave up his lucrative profession to devote himself to social service. He did his MBBS degree from
in Miraj. After working as a general
practitioner for nearly 12 years he entered into social service. In 1983, after
noticing that society at large was very superstitious — especially the rural
masses, he decided to work towards eradicating such social evils, reports TOI. Medical College
In 1989, Dabholkar founded the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, a social organization aimed at weeding out superstition. The MANS network has currently has over 180 branches all over Maharastra. In the past two decades, he openly challenged several godmen and self-styled gurus who he felt were exploiting the masses. He was staunchly against animal sacrifice, a ritual which arises from superstition itself.
He wrote around 11 books which throw light on different superstitions prevailing in society.
They contain a lot of scientific knowledge in order to break down the believer's superstitions.
He was one of us and we should all prey tribute to him.