Table of Contents of Volume 12

Vol. 12 No.1 May 1999

1.      Contents & Editor's Page        2
        The belief in Superstitions             2
2.      God Check-mated - A. Hamath & A. Sutyanarayana  4
3.      Jesus among the Clouds - Joe Nickell    23
4.      Homoeopathy Controversy - B. Premanand  26
5.      Homoeopathy - Bernard Howard    28
6.      The parable of the Wolf's Footprints - Ramakrishna Bhattacharya 31
7.      The Logic of the Non-Skeptic Om Dev Nellore II - B. Premanand   36
8.      Premadasa Reincarnates in Sri Lanka - Margaret Bhatty   38
9,      How Kovoor changed my life from Superstitions, to a Rationalist - Dr. Rajendra Gera     39
10.     Stop Sai Bhajans: Start Blood- Bank for National Integration - B.V. Radhakrishna Murthy 41
11.     Stop Planting the seeds for a Second Partion - Siddharth Radheshyam     42
12.     The man who could foresee the future of others, could not foresee his own future - Avani Kumar  43
        Miracle Man wants Miracle to happen to him - Srinivasa Prasad   43
13.     Shakuntala Devi miscalculates' forgets bag in cab - Express Nevis Service       44
14.     Religious Expulsion - Gopalakrishnan P.V        44
15.     Firewalk Firm escapes Court Action - NZ Skeptics        45
16.     Brand problems of a religious, multinational - Swaminathan & Anklesaria Aiyar   45

Vol. 12 No.2 June 1999

1.      Is the Personal Publicity Expenses exempted from Income Tax? and contravention of Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectonable Advertisements) Act 1954       2
        Maha Yaga brings War & Destruction      2
2.      Do Physics & Metaphysics Meet? - Dr. Munish Raizada     4
3.      'Commit a crime, become a sadhu' - Amit Sharma  4
4,      Search of Truth - S. Jayarama Reddy     5
5.      The Exorcist - Margaret Bhatty  9
6.      The Private and The Public Ethics - Pekka Eio   14
7.      Remembering Kovoor - Rationalism in An Irrational Worid - Rehut Singh   19
8.      Swami Muthukamakshi's Miracles - B. Premanand   21
9.      Why Sai Baba is given so much importance? - S.A. Baseer 21
10.     Testing New Claims of dermo-optical Perception - Claudio Benski & CRSSA Scientists      22
11.     Sir, You are Silent on other Religions - Nameless Letter        31
12.     This Superstitious World - T.K. Belan   31
13.     Mata Amritanandamayi Addresses Meet - Lakshmi V 32
14.     Advertisement   33
15.     Praying for Peace - Renu Bhatnagar      34
16.     Rationalists put up fight against obscurantism - Vidyadhar Date 36
17.     Biological Control of Mosquitos by Introducing Larvidical Fishes in Open Gutters and Water Ditches - V.K. Partikar      37
18.     Suggestions for improvement - D.P. Sharma       39
19.     The Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectional Advertisements) Act, 1954     42
20.     Indian Skeptic - Thought Provoking - Dr. B.H.M. Nijalingappa    47

Vol. 12 No. 3 July 1999

1.      Contents & Editor's Page        2
        The People's Awakening  2
        The Celebacy of the godmen - Sacrificing life to conceive       3
2.      Human Rights - K. Aravinda Rao ...      4
3.      These Superstitious Leaders - Prakriti Kumar    8
4.      A struggle against Fundamentalists - Dhananjay Aditya   9
5.      How to be Skeptical - New Zealand Skeptics      13
6.      Therapeutic Touch: Raising the Hurdle? What Hurdle? - Tom Napier        18
7.      Accepting Miracles in Your Life - Bob Glickman  19
8.      Investigating Spirit Communications - Joe Nickeit       21
9.      False Hopes or Hard Truths? - Terfy A. Smiyanich        24
10.     Blind Faith - Rosamma Jose      26
11.     This Superstitious World - T.K. Balan   26
12.     Doomsday Forecast - J.V. Nartikar       27
13.     'Many are drawn to pseudo sciences like astrology' - Vaishnavi C. Sekhar        29
14.     Prediction Addiction: A spreading new trend - Sue Reid  31
15.     ISKCON turmoil: Its icon 'falls for a woman' - Ashis Chakrabarti        32
16.     Tantrik, aide held for sacrificing girl - Times of India        34
17.     Astrologees Advertisement - Achaarya Sidhaarat  34
18.     Pranic Healing - Advertisement  35
19.     Rationalists chant Godiess Mantra - Narendran Nair C.N. 36
20.     CPI-ML-PW Response to the First Report of the CCC       39
21.     God Check-mated - excellent - Dr. Jose K. Paul  47

Vol. 12 No. 4 August 1999

1.      Contents & Editor's Page - Homeopathic Cure of Renal Disease, Witch Doctors     2
        Om Dev Nellore and his Non-skeptical Logic -    3
2.      Homeopath claims he can cure Renal Failures - Sriranjan Chaudhuri       4
3.      Which doctors treatment drives woman to hospital - Bansy Kalappa        5
        'Healing' with chants - Crime Correspondent - Times of India    6
4.      News from Andhra - I. Dawood    6
        Lawyer Baba's world comes to an end - Deccan Chronicle  6
        Wives suspected of Sorcery Killed - Deccan Chronicle    7
5.      Teenager influenced by Shaktiman kills himself - Times of India 8
6.      Blind Faith leads to Bad Climax - Times of India        9
7.      The Father and the Son - Ved Pilya      9
8.      From Andhra Pradesh - S. Jyothsna Rani  10
        Monuments are Shedding Sweat - A. Karunaker Goudi       10
        Idol of Ganesh's Pulse-beats - P.A.P.D. Sharma  10
9.      Psychic / Prophet' fails the TBS $1,000 challenge - Gary P. Posner      11
10.     Wonder Why? - April Holladay    14
11.     Five more Barhaspatya Fragments - Ramkrishna Bhattecharya       16
12.     The Sai Baba and his Students - B. Premanand    18
        Abuse of Children by Sai Baba   19
        Letter to the Vice Chancellor   19
        "Betrayal" by Sai Baba  20
13.     Medical initiative - Do your Chakras need a Check-up? - Robert A. Baker 29
14.     A Skeptical View of Exorcism and Deliverance - Part 1 - Danny Barnett   32
15.     The Logic of the Non-Skeptic" Om Dev Nellore III        40
        Letter to Dr. V.S. Subba Rao    41
        Reply from Dr. Viruru S. Subba Rao      41
16.     The Physics of ESP - Robert Novella     3

Vol. 12 No. 5 September 1999

1.      Contents        2
        Editor's Page - Kidney Stealing in Sai Baba's Super Speciality Hospital 2
        Money-spinning Yagnas do not work       3
        On the Authenticity of Two alleged Carvaka Aphorisms - Ramkrishna Bhattacharya  4
3.      Reincarnation Stuff - Ved Priya 9
4.      Math pontiff toppled, disciple takes over - Times of India      10
5.      Scientists reject God - Kushwant Singh  11
6.      Villagers tonsure Dalit men for marrying out of caste - Times of India  11
7.      If it's Tuesday, this must be Siddhivinayak - Shabnam Minwalla  13
8.      This Superstitious World - T.K. Balan   14
9.      HC directs not to seize ABCL property - Times of India  15
10.     Ganesh devotees enjoy darshan on Angarika - Somit Sen   15
11.     Cricket fans to pray at Siddhi Vinayak for team - Times of India        16
12.     'If players don't perform, gods will' - Sudhir K. Singh 17
13.     Peace through Puja - M.N. Chatterjee    18
14.     CBI probes role of head priest in temple trust Chief's Murder- Times of India   18
15.     Astrologer says Deve Gowda may became PM - Times of India       19
16.     Scientists scoff at Doomsday theory - Seema Singh       20
17.     Murder of G.S. Stains - Siddharth Radheshyam    21
18.     Auras: Now you see them, now you don't - Robert Todd Carroll    22
19.     Unsupported Medical Claims - Jeanine DeNoma     24
20.     A Skeptical view of Exorcism and Deliverance (Part II) - Danny Barnett  31
21.     Mystics or Mental cases? - Margaret Bhatty      35
22.     Absurdities of Astrology - I. Dawood    40
23.     Crystal gazing: India will make it to the semis - Deccan Herald 40
24.     Azhar is name of the game: Astrologer - Elisa Patnaik   42
25.     And Soul died with this - Kiran Nanavati        42
26.     Hidden Messages in almost every TV program you watch - April Holladay   43
27.     Sensational News of Rebirths - S. Jyothsna Rani 45

Vol. 12 No. 6 October 1999

1.      Contents & Guest Editorial Personal Code of Conduct - Dr. Narender K. Sehgal - Comments 3
2.      Errata - Ramkrishna Bhattacharya        5
3.      Win One Lakh Rupees - Srikrishna Podder 5
4.      Even Madness must have Limit? True! - B. Premanand      6
5.      Born Again - V. Radhika 13
        Most cases are authentic Interview/Satwant Pasricha     15
        Undying memories        16
        The Child who loved me  17
6.      She can recount three previous births - Shyam Gaur      19
7.      A Humanist Wedding      21
8.      Rage against the Veil - Western Inquirer        21
9.      In search of Democratic Space - III - CCC       22
10.     Treating Alcoholism     24
11.     A Skeptical view of Exorcism and deliverance Part III - Danny Barnet    34
12.     Sensless talks & actions by Sai devotees - K.S. Ramachandran    38
13.     Amongst Students - spreading Scientific Temper- D. Panigrahi    39
14.     Dilip Kumar-Nishan-e-Imtiaz - The Controversy - Dr. (Mrs.) Sunanda Shet 40
        Whom to vote?   41
15.     On the use of a Simile in a Carvaka Aphorism - Ramkrishna Bhattacharya .        41
16.     Herbal Petrol, milk-sipping idols What next? - E.M. Muralidharan        44
        Suggestions for improvement of Indian Skeptic   44
17.     Poor Astrology - Ved Priya      46
18.     Congrats! - Prof. Kaj Bjorkqvist        46
19.     A Fraud on Humanity - S.A. Baseer       46
20.     Book Yukti Chinta Released      46

Vol. 12 No. 7 November 1999

1.      Contents & Editorial    2
        A Better World to Live  2
        Kargil War, corruption in the Government and small, small Problems of the People        3
2.      Astrologers find New Medium in Pagers to cheat the People - Kiran Nanavati      6
3.      The Election Scene Astrology - Kushwant Singh   7
        Sai Baba assures grant for hospital - Deccan Herald     8
        CM holds talks with Sai Baba - TOI      9
        Ramesh Kumar at Baba abode - TOI        9
        H.J. Dora at Puttaparthy - Vaartha      9
        Speaker Balayogi at Puttaparthi - Vaartha       10
        Tantric way to lost glory - Deccan Herald       10
        Chandraswamy on come back trail in Rajasthan - Deccan Herald    10
        Yagna to ward of evil spirits in MP assembly - Deccan Herald    11
        Numerologist predicts Pawar as PM - Kedar Kamat 11
        Sonia will be PM for a short interval, predicts crystal gazer - Mamatha Gowda   12
        Temple Trysts - TOI     13
        Yogi predicts major Pak offensive - TOI 13
        Invoking gods before alliance - TOI     14
        Planetory plot to foul up elections? - Arun Roy 14
        'Creator willing' - TOI 15
        Eclipse effect on JD (United) - TOI     15
        An eclipse and an ex-PM 15
        Dropped from the list, saffron sanyasi vows to destroy BJP - Biswajeet Banerjee 16
        In Delhi, theen baar in a row, nobody wants to have a go! - TOI 16
4.      Aids Cure Advertisement Again - Margaret Bhatty 17
5.      "Exorcism at Chhottanikkara Temple" - T.K. Balan        18
6.      Conman's spell broken, Baba held for cheating - The New Indian Express  20
7.      A Skeptical View of Exorcism and Deliverance (Part IV) - Danny Barnett  21
8.      Right to Information - V.M. Tarkunde    27
9.      Science versus Miracles - Vol.2, No.1 - Ganesha idol drinking milk - B. Premanand       30
10.     Isaac Tigrett - Hard Rock Cafe and Sai Baba - B. Premanand      32
11.     The Oracle and his prophecies - Dr. Sunil J. Rao        33
12.     How medallions continuously emanate Amrith? - Ming-Yin-Liang    34
13.     Rudraksha Therapy - P.V. Gopalakrishnan 36
14.     In Search of Democratic Space - IV - Second Report of the CCC (Dec. 1997)       37

Vol. 12 No. 8 December 1999

1.      Contents & Editorial    3
        The Election Predictions        3
        The Boastful Sai Baba   3
        A Matter of Method      4
2.      Foreign Lady dies in the Invation Saigeeta (Elephant) - Eenadu  5
3.      Suicide for not getting Baba's darshan - Deccan Herald  5
4.      Uddalaka: A Materialist Among the Upanisadic Sages - Ramkrishna Bhattacharya    7
5.      Oracles of the Western Nation - Joe Nickell - Book Review by N.M. Hussain       9
6.      Voters Awareness Campaign - A Report - Dr. (Mrs.) Sunanda Shet  12
7.      The High Court Order against Muringoor Divine Retreat Centre - P.V. Gopalakrishnan      13
8.      Miracle Exposure shows in Medical College Rohtak (PGIMS) Haryana - Dr. Rajendra Gera    14
9.      Understanding Back Pain and Its Treatment - AETNA U.S.A. Healthcare     15
10.     Goodness Gracious, Baba - Times of India        20
11.     In the House of God - The Sai Baba - Mick Brown 23
12.     True Miracle is Contrary to Science - Wolf Roder        31
13.     Visiting Schools in Orissa Explaining Miracles - Prof. S.K. Acharya     32
14.     Some thoughts about Faith Healing - Stephen Barrett, M.D.       32
15.     CPI-ML-PW Response to the Second Report of the Committee - CCC  34
        Letter From CPI-ML-PW North Telangana Special Zonal Committee - CCC     40
        Committee's Reply to CPI-ML-PW's Response to Second Report - CCC        41
16.     Resurrection of Vasanth Babu Rao - A.T. Kovoor  42

Vol. 11 No. 9 January 2000

1.      Contents & Editor's Page        3
        Our Scientific Institutions and Scientific Temper       3
        Let us establish a "Method of Science" Exhibition       5
2.      Puttaparthi Doctors Sued for Kidney Transplant - Deccan Chronicle       5
3.      Writ plea against Satya Sai Institute Doctors Admitted - The Hindu      6
4.      CM meets Sai Baba - The Hindu   7
5.      Godmen - Saraswathi Madhavan    7
6.      Prime Minister's representative again at Chandiroor - P.G. Panikker     7
        From India      8
7.      The Logic of the Non-skeptic    8
        Reply to the Non-skeptic Logic of N. Om Dev     9
8.      Religion encourages wrongdoing - Prakrithi Kumar Patnaik        10
9.      Buddhiwadi Foundation Web-site  10
10.     Indian Skeptic - Hindu Bashing? - B. Premanand  11
11.     Vedic Sutras solve Mathematic Problems - Voice of Jammu Kashmir 11
        "Vedic mathematics" and computers - Dr. S. Balachandra Rao      12
12.     In Search of Democratic Space - VI Summary of Discussions with CPI-ML-PW in January 1998 - CCC  13
13.     Internet Astrology      22
14.     Secular Ethics in Formal Education - Two Questions for Schools - Pekka Elo      27
15.     Materialism in India: After Carvaka - Ramkrishna Bhattacharya   31
16.     Understanding Back-pain 2 Don't Take It Easy, Exercise! - AETNA U.S. HealthcareTM       36
17.     Story of a 'Humanist' Wedding - Babu R.R. Gogineni      39
18.     Reviving Hindu Superstitions - Margaret Bhatty  41
Group to organise Mass Chanting of Gayatri Mantra - Times of India      41
19.     Why I lost faith in prayer and God? - K.S. Ramachandran 42
20.     Madalyn Murray O'Hairs' disappearance - Water's Gets Sixty Years - Frank R. Zindler     44
21.     Ten Common Myths About ATHEIST. and other freethinkers - Freedom From Religion Foundation       45
22.     Recipient of Jamnalal Bajaj National Award      47

Vol. 12 No. 10 February 2000

1.      Contents & Editor's Page .      3
        The 7th National Children's Science Congress    3
        Millennium Conference of Maharashtra Andha Shraddha Nirmulan Samiti     4
        A Shock!        5
2.      Appreciations (Dr. Bipul Sharmah, Dr. Mirko Declara, Prof. Kaj Bjorkqvist)      5
3.      Indian Skeptic Leads to Australian Skeptics - Dr. N.C.T. Brito-Babapulle        6
4.      MBK is no more Living except His Thoughts & Work while Living - B. Premanand    6
5.      If you fail in the Supreme Court I will condemn the Judgment - K. Gopalakrishna Shanbhague      7
6.      Late B.V. Raman & Astrology - I. Dawood 7
7.      'Science should not denigrate astrology' - Deccan Chronicle     8
8.      Exercises for Low Back Pain - III - AETNA US Healthcare 8
9.      The Guru - Richard Guilliatt    10
10.     The Error Machine of Joseph Newman - Tom Napier 11
11.     Seances, Mediums and Messages - Patrick O'Reilly        13
12.     Book Review by Gopalakrishnan P.V. - A Skeptic's Guide to the New Age   20
13.     Drugs: The Problem is the Policy - John Marks   21
14.     The Parallel Delusion of ESP and Cold Fusion - Victor J. Stenger        22
15.     They Never said It! - John George       24
16.     A Country Protected by 'spirit' - Ved Priya     32
17.     Rationalists object to sepoy story - The Tribune        32
18.     What They Said About Religion - Nontract No.4.  33
19.     Humanism for the world, The Humanist Way - IHEU 35
20.     In Search of Democratic Space - VII     40

Vol. 12 No. 11 March 2000

1.      Contents & Editor's Page        3
        Good News!      3
2.      Blind Belief - Rupert Sheldrake 4
3.      Humanism for The World  7
4.      Virgin Mary Shedding Tears - Ved Priya  10
5.      Logical Fallacies - Steven Novella M.D. 10
6.      Lokayata and Lokayatana in Sanskrit-Dictionaries - Ramkrishna Bhattacharya      15
7.      Hindu Bashing - S.N. Tikku      18
        Reply - B. Premanand    21
8.      Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid Issue - Syed Shahabuddin       22
9.      Late Indian President S.D. Sharma's kin suspect in Lall Killing - Deccan Herald 22
10.     Sonia asks chief of party unit to quit - Deccan Herald  22
11.     Manu remanded to police custody - Deccan Herald 22
12.     'I was not in my senses' Manu Sharma confessed to shooting at model, say Police - Deccan Herald 23
13.     Warm Welcome to Chief Justice at Puttaparthi - VAARTHA  24
14.     Notices to Puttaparthy Doctors in Kidney Transplantation Case - VAARTHA 24
15.     Sai Baba and Kidney Fraud - Warren C. Pyke      25
16.     Holy Abuse - P.V. Gopalakrishnan        25
17.     The Challenge of a Genius Learner - K. Prakash  26
18.     Channeling - Patrick O'Reilly Chair     31
19.     In Search of Democratic Space - III     
20.     Revolutionary Resistance - Liberal Democrats' Response - Our Tasks - CCC        37

Vol. 12 No. 12 April 2000

1.      Contents        3
        Editor's Page - An Open letter to The Sarva-daivatva Swaroopa Bhagawan Sri Sri Sri Satya Sai Baba .     4
2.      This Superstitious World .
        As ground water levels dip, demand for diviners goes up - TOI   6
        How is divining done?   6
        The Sacred and the profane - Sarala Krishnamurthy       7
        Religion to serve the people - Khushwant Singh  8
        Five lakh devotees throng Yellamma temple - Deccan Herald       9
        Black magician murdered in City - Deccan Herald 10
        'Yogic flying' for world peace mooted - TOI     10
        Devotees rush to see 'miracle' - Deccan Herald  11
        Human sacrifice in Istanbul to appease Satan - TOI      11
        Gory animal sacrifice near B'lore - Michael R. Patrao   11
        The Bible's big flood lies halfway between legend and science - TOI     12
        The spirited underside of a spiritual facade - Jhimli Mukherjee 13
        Mad rush to see 'God's footprint's in Shimoga - TOI     14
        God's my sleeping partner and all's rich with the world - Archana Shenoy        14
        Thirsty Assamese hold frog weddings for rain - TOI      15
        Devotees throng Balamuri Ganapati temple - C.H. Prahlada Rao    16
3.      Gods could not protect them     17
        At least 51 killed in stampede at Sabarimala shrine - Deccan Herald     17
        Sabarimala toll touches 52, judicial probe ordered - Deccan Herald      18
        6 victims from State identified 18
        32 Sabarimala stampede victims identified - Deccan Herald       19
        Seven pilgrims killed - Deccan Herald   19
        VHP invokes divine power to banish ISI 'demon' - Aloke Banerjee 19
4.      Need to root out religious fanaticism stressed - The Hindu      20
5.      Shantaveri Gopalagowda Award for Narasimhaiah - Deccan Herald   21
        Love life for good health: HN - Deccan Herald   21
        Pondering over values - Maithreyi M.R.  22
        The story of an untiring patriot - Geetha Rao   24
6.      Letters to the Editor   24
        I. Rebirth True - K. Prakash    24
        II. Hypnosis & Brain Power - Francis N.J.       25
        III. Prayer and meditation cures diseases - M.N. Nair   25
        IV. Hindu Bashing by Christians 26
        V. Suggestions for Improvement - Ramesh P. Vadangekar   26
7.      "Towards 21st Century with 18th Century mind" - T.K. Balan      26
8.      They traverse miles to pay tributes to the 'sati' - Meena Misra 27
9.      Villagers worship 'sati' victim as a goddess - Meena Misra      28
10.     Burning reality: 'sati' resurrects the ghosts of centuries-old ills - Nikhat Kazmi      29
11.     Ordeal by Fire - Manusmriti     30
12.     Locals glorify 'sati', U.P. Govt. imposes prohibitory orders - TOI      31
13.     Team finds no evidence of crowd flocking to worship 'sati' in Mahoba - TOI      32
14.     Return of Sati worship - Rashme Sehgal  33
15.     Sati Prevention Act is draconian, anti-people - Madhu Kishwar   34
16.     The Guru as Friend Counsellor & Healer - Rashme Sehgal  36
17.     It's Time for Science To Take a Stand Against Popular Superstitions - James Randy       37
18.     Yagna cannot produce Rains - I. Dawood  38
19.     Rain gods respond to 'Varuna Yagam' - Deccan Chronicle  42
20.     Tirumala Yagnam ends - Deccan Chronicle 42
21.     In Search of Democratic Space - IX
        Open Letter to the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh - CCC       43
        Open Letter to the CPI (ML) Peoples War - CCC   45

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