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Ramendra Nath

Ramendra Nath
Born May 30, 1957 (1957-05-30) (age 60)
Hazaribag, Bihar
Occupation Author, philosopher
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Indian
Alma mater Patna University
Genres Polemics, essays

Professor Ramendra Nath (born Hazaribag, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), May 30, 1957) is an Indian philosopher. Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Patna College, Patna University, where he has taught philosophy since January 13, 1983, and where he won his BA (Hons) in philosophy in 1977, his MA in 1979, his PhD ("The Ethical Philosophy of Bertrand Russell") in 1985 and his DLitt. ("M. N. Roy's New Humanism and Materialism") in 1995, he cites his primary areas of philosophical interest as ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion; rationalism, humanism and atheism in Twentieth-Century Indian thought; and logic and analytic philosophy. He is founder of the Buddhiwadi Samaj (Rationalist Society), founder-trustee of the Buddhiwadi Foundation and honorary editor of Buddhiwadi (Hindi) and the Buddhiwadi Newsletter. He has written several books and booklets (not listed below) in Hindi, and over 100 articles and papers.

An outspoken atheist, humanist, freethinker and rationalist, Nath has long railed against the unreason and immorality of religion. In his 1993 paper "Why I Am Not a Hindu", inspired by Bertrand Russell's "Why I Am Not a Christian" (which he admired) and Mahatma Gandhi's "Why I Am a Hindu" (with which he disagreed), Nath spoke out strongly against the irrationality and evil of the local faith:

Is there any other religion, which sanctions slavery and untouchability? Is there any other religion in which only persons born in a particular caste (Brahmin) are entitled to become priests?
Slavery is not peculiar to India or to Hinduism, but carrying it to the extremes of untouchability, and granting it divine and religious sanction is peculiar to Hinduism.[1]

Nath rejects the doctrine of the infallibility of the Vedas, varnashram dharma, moksha, karmavada and avatarvada, and advocates in their stead a humanistic secularism based on liberty, equality, fraternity and the inalienable rights of each individual.[1]

He has a wife, Kawaljeet Kaur, whom he married on December 7, 1981, and a daughter, Priya, born September 1, 1984.

WorksEdit

English Edit

  • "Why I am Not a Hindu" (Patna: Bihar Rationalist Society, First edition 1993, Second edition 1995).
  • The Ethical Philosophy of Bertrand Russell (New York: Vantage Press, 1993).
  • Is God Dead?, (Patna: Buddhiwadi Foundation, 1998).
  • M. N. Roy's New Humanism and Materialism (Patna: Buddhiwadi Foundation, 2001).
  • The Myth of Unity of all Religions (Patna: Buddhiwadi Foundation, 2003)
  • Rationalism, Humanism and Atheism in Twentieth Century Indian Thought (published as a free e-book on the website of the Buddhiwadi Foundation, 2007).
  • Some Reflections on Ethics (Published as a free e-book on the website of the Buddhiwadi Foundation, 2008.)

HindiEdit

  • Kya Ishwar mar chuka hai? (Is God Dead?), (Patna: Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj, First edition 1985, second edition 1995).
  • Andhwishwas ke virudh (Against Superstitions), (Patna: Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj, First edition 1985, second edition 1997, third edition 2006).
  • Main Hindu Kyon Nahin aur Main Buddhiwadi Kaise bana (Patna: Buddhiwadi Foundation, 2001).
  • Sampoorna Kranti aur Buddhiwad (Total Revolution and Rationalism), (Patna: Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj, 1992).
  • Dr. Ambedkar ne Hindu dharma ka tyag kyon kiya? (Why Dr. Ambedkar renounced Hinduism?), (Patna: Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj, First edition 1992, second edition 1997).
  • Swatantrotra Bhartiya Darshnik Chintan (Post-Independence Indian Philosophical Thought), (Patna:Motilal Banarsidass, 1993).
  • Samaj aur Rajniti Darshan evam Dharma Darshan (Social-Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion), (Patna: Motilal Banarsidass, 1999, 2003, 2011).
  • Samaj aur Rajniti Darshan (Social and Political Philosophy) (Patna: Motilal Banarsidass, 2005).
  • Dharma Darshan (Philosophy of Religion), (Patna: Motilal Banarsidass, 2006).
  • Amir aur Garib (Patna: Buddhiwadi Foundation, 2013).

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nath 1993.

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