Call to shun superstitions

Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: P. Rajendran, Kollam MP, has said that the return of crude superstitions to society with more force is a major cause of concern.

Addressing a meeting organised by the Bharathiya Yukthivadi Sanghom (BYS) to condole the death of Poet Thirunallur Karunakaran here on Monday, Mr. Rajendran said that the return of such superstitions should be resisted by all means.

He said that all so-called human gods are the embodiments of these superstitions. Others who advice only prayers as the only cure for all problems are also promoters of crude superstitions, he alleged.

These are people who have no qualms in labelling scientific progress as superstitions. They conducted several rituals when man landed on the moon and even a funeral is not conducted during the so-called inauspicious `Rahu Kaalam,' he said.

The movement against superstitions does have relevance though there is a conscious effort from some quarters to label it as irrelevant. Men of letters like Thirunallur, Pavanan and Edamuruku had all been part of such a movement, he said. B.A. Rajakrishnan, chief editor of Kerala Shabdam, and CPI leader Thengamam Balakrishnan addressed the gathering. BYS general secretary Sreeni Pattathanam presided over the function.

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