Fighting superstition. #WATWB

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India is a country where, even today, in the age of the Internet, superstitions rule (and ruin) the lives of many people. There are activists and organisations trying to get people to change their beliefs, but, it is an uphill task as these superstitious beliefs are so deeply ingrained in their minds that it takes years to bring some change.

One such organisation is the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANIS) which was founded by Dr. Narendra Dabholkar. Sadly, this fearless activist, who toiled tirelessly to change people’s mind through a scientific approach, was gunned down by those who opposed him. He passed away on August 20th, 2013. However, one of his many admirers and followers, Nandini Jadhav, the Pune district president of the organisation launched a campaign to help women get rid of their matted hair.

People believe that cutting of the hair would invite the wrath of the Gods, and so, for years together, refuse to touch their hair, comb it or even cut it. This leads to a number of health and social problems that they suffer from.

There are some of those, who secretly desire to get rid of their matted hair, but face opposition from their family members for fear of a curse.

But, Nandini Jadhav, despite facing stiff opposition and threats to her life, launched this campaign to help women chop off their matted hair and live a better, healthier and happier life.

Do read the story of this brave woman here.

We need more such fearless Nandinis, who come forward to fight this evil called superstition and free the society from such regressive practices. It’s the people, who usually belong to the lower strata of the society who fall prey to such superstition and suffer for their entire lives, waiting, in vain, for the miracles promised to them by their “Guru”.

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Published by shilpagupte

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20 thoughts on “Fighting superstition. #WATWB

  1. Thanks Shilpa for this story and bravo Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti for initiating this movement against superstition and I am sorry to hear he was gunned down. Also, Bravo to Nandini for continuing his legacy. Matted hair once cut can possibly be sold to salons for making wigs -?

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  2. Dr Dabholkar has been pioneer of change in Maharashtra but sadly there are cowards using violence to trample the voice of reason. Thanks for writing about the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti as a movement standing tall against the evil of superstition creating disharmony in society!

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  3. I wasnt aware of this superstition about not combing and cutting hair. That’s so sad that some, rather many would secretly want to get rid of their matted hair. Kudos to Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti and Nandini Jadhav for helping raise awareness and giving these women a better quality of life. Thanks for sharing, Shilpa.

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    1. Yes, Rachna. We don’t really have any idea why people believe in such weird superstitions and what they gain out of it. We so need such people, like Nandini, who work to make a difference in many a life.


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