Science & Religion
Author, Rationalist (India)
Sanal Edamaruku is an Indian author and rationalist. He is the founder-president and editor of Rationalist International, the president of the Indian Rationalist Association and the author of twenty-five books and other articles. In 2012, he was charged by a group of Catholics with blasphemy for his role in examining a claimed "miracle" at a local church in Mumbai. He moved to Finland to evade his arrest. Edamaruku has been active in the Indian Rationalist Association (IRA) from the age of fifteen. Before becoming the president in 2005, he served as the General Secretary beginning in 1983, and has been the editor of its publication Modern Freethinker. His many books and articles deal mainly with rationalistic thoughts and against superstition in India. His writings in Rationalist International are translated into English, French, German, Spanish and Finnish.
In February 2011, Edamaruku was elected as a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (USA) and is an Honorary Associate of New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists and Rationalist Association of UK (formerly Rationalist Press Association).
Edamaruku has carried out investigations and demonstrations which helped expose frauds, mystics and god men as well as conducting campaigns against superstition in Indian villages. He refers to this as "Rationalist Reality Theatre" These investigations have attracted the attention of print and television media throughout Asia. The documentary film Guru Busters features Edamaruku and a team of rationalist campaigners on the road in Kerala giving public demonstrations of how to perform supposedly supernatural stunts. He has helped in building Indian Atheist Publishers, which is now Asia's largest free thought publishing house. He convened the three International Rationalist Conferences held in 1995, 2000 and 2002.
In December 2013, Edamaruku announced the launch of a new quarterly English language magazine The Rationalist on his blog.[ Contributors will include international rationalists on several continents and content will focus on science, reason, critical thinking and human rights.
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