Friends, I feel happy to announce that a learned man, a physician and a teacher in medicine has agreed to contribute articles to the backbancher's corner.
Welcome on board Doctor. We are honoured to have you here!!
Lets know about the nature of articles being posted here, in his own words...
I, as a physician and a teacher of Medicine for over three decades, have taught hundreds of medical students and young physicians and trained dozens of trainers.
Traditions, customs, or rituals have been followed by our people since ages, often without raising objections or questions by most of us. It is also observed that ever since they were started, there have been people who contradicted or defied or at least were indifferent and turned a deaf ear to them. Let us now, before dubbing them as false or myths, try to take a fresh look with an open mind and try to unravel the mystery or hidden meanings of these traditions or beliefs and try to see if they served any purpose at all.
Let us just light a lamp and throw a little light on these shaded areas using our scientific mind. We all know that the necessity is the mother of inventions. Let us examine as to what was the need to formulate and implement these traditions. We will also discard, if they are found to be meaningless and absurd.
It was my inquiring mind, from the beginning of my college career, which kept me interested in traditions, (although as school children I also did not like them much), and made me choose a different angle, as I learnt the basics in Medical science.
It was the doctors’ logic, philosophy and a problem solving mind which helped me to see the truth in many, if not all, of the traditions that I observed in my life.
I thought it is time that I shared with you, my explanations, concepts, and analytical conclusions, for the so-called false or blind beliefs and attribute a meaning to some of the traditions in our rich culture and heritage.
I also feel that there is an imperative need for more and more people to come out with scientific explanations and tell the scientific world the importance of looking at the old with an open mind and save the treasure. I have known that good things are there in many other religions and faiths and often similarly sidelined.
P. S. First post in the series will be up on Friday.