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ROADBLOCK in the way
TO RATIONAL THINKING
LETS GRAB A GOOD LOOK
AT THE BIZARRE SUPERSTITIONS
Hindus believe that cutting nails and
hair on Saturdays brings badluck
If a black cat crosses your path,
then your tasks get delayed or postponed.
Keeping onions and knives
under your bed will drive away bad dreams.
You lose your wealth, if you shake your
Eye twitching. Adding one rupee
a gift sum is
According to Commission (Prevention) of Sati Act 1987, Sati is defined as the act of burning alive or
burial of a widow (or any women) along with the body of her deceased husband (including relatives, or
object belonging someone like that), irrespective of whether it was voluntary. After he watched the
Sati of his own sister-in-law, Ram Mohan Roy began campaigning for abolition of the practice in
1811. The practice of Sati was abolished in British India in 1829 by Governor General
Lord William Bentinck.Although it has been therefore illegal in India for almost two centuries, some
incidents have been recorded in recent years.
Death of Roop Kanwar:
On 4 September 1987, 17 (or 18) year old Roop Kanwar of Deorala village in Sikar district in
Rajasthan, who had been married for only 7 months,burned to death on her husband's pyre. It was
alleged that the victim had tried to escape, but she was drugged and forced on to the pyre. On 1
October 1987, Rajasthan legislative assembly passed an ordinance against Sati, which was later turned
into an Act. It was followed by pro-Sati rallies and protests in Jaipur. On 3 January 1988, the Indian
parliament passed a new law, Commission (Prevention) of Sati Act 1987, based on Rajasthan's
legislation of 1987. This act also criminalised glorification of Sati. Police charged her father-in-law and
brother-in-law of allegedly forcing her to commit the act, but they were acquitted in October 1996.
Although, human sacrifices are not prevalent in India, rare isolated incidents happen occasionally,
especially in rural areas. In some cases, human beings have been replaced by animals and birds. But
No matter how confident or prepared you are for an event --
whether it's a football game, a wedding, or a presentation --
things can still happen beyond your control. "Superstitions
provide people with the sense that they've done one more thing
to try to ensure the outcome they are looking for."
Friend or Foe?
A sense of security and confidence are perhaps the greatest
benefits we get emotionally from superstitious thinking or
behavior -- like carrying an object or wearing an item of clothing
that you deem to be lucky.
Foxman says there is a positive placebo effect -- if you think
something will help you, it may do just that. "There is a
tremendous amount of power in belief," he says. If the outcome
is a matter of pure luck, beliefs don't really have any impact,
*Aaaaa..chooo*..oops sorry ! We hope the sneeze doesn’t bring bad luck to the next group! :P