Thursday, 22 August 2013

A tribute to Dr. Narendra Dabholkar

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 Medical College 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.

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.


  1. He was a true warrior against the forces of darkness in the age of science. Many more like him are needed as in the backwaters of the country the traditional myths based on superstitions abound. While traditional myths are bad, new myths that are being created by medical industry also needs to be countered with rational approach. Were Dr Dabholkar's books in Marathi or English? I shall like to read at least one of them.

  2. I have followed and appreciated the work of Dr Dhabolkar. We need several crusaders like him to move our society away from the grip of fear, superstition and ignorance. Let us join hands and make a difference! Er Anuj Sinha