Editorial: Cast a wary eye on this swami scandal

The Province March 10, 2010 One of the key qualities our public education system should help develop in children is a critical mind. No, we don’t want our schools to raise a crop of cynics who mistrust everything they read or hear and wind up unable to support anything. But we do want citizens who ...

The Hold: The psychology of how godmen come to control the minds of millions of devotees

DEBARSHI DASGUPTA OUTLOOK INDIA September 16, 2013 How Devotees Are Brainwashed Into Fandom Systematically create a sense of powerlessness in the person Control the physical and social environment; control the devotee’s time Keep the person unaware of what’s going on & how he is being changed step by step Manipulate rewards, punishments and experiences to ...

The Art of Living in Modern India

Revealer Jake Halpern December 12, 2012 When I think of India, the same bizarre sound always resonates in my head. It is not the sound of muezzin, or Bollywood soundtracks, or auto-rickshaw drivers cursing at plodding elephants, though there was plenty of that. No. It’s the sound of a lone man sawing a piece of ...