from Gujarat: Kiran, Chamatkar Chakasani Kendra.

For fourteen years now Raman Pathak of C 1/21 Patrakar Colony, Opp. Ajanta, Ring Road, Surat, has been cocking a snoot at religious superstition week after week in columns he writes for newspapers. His most notable is RAMAN-BHRAMAN carried once a week in the Gujarat-Mitra, a reputed daily in the southern part of the state.

This column not only does Raman Pathak proud, it is a feather in the cap of the rationalist cause. In it Pathak denounces, challenges and censures religious tradition and its baneful effects. Credit must also go to the publisher and editor of this daily for not spiking any of his copy at any time but giving him complete freedom to air his views.

Initially, there was some objection from readers, but these were overruled and intellectuals greatly appreciate his writing. It is difficult to completely agree with his views, but his style and courage is both enjoyable and commendable.

Five books in Gujarati have been published on a basis of selected articles from Pathak's columns: Raman-Bhraman, Aansu Andradhar, Aakrosh, Padkar, Pratikar and Prakop.

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Last update: 19 June 1998