Since he lived in Delhi and represented Kerala Sabdam group of newspapers. Joseph Edamaruku edited daily newspapers and mass circulated magazines, published rationalist journals, addressed numerous meetings and influenced the way of thinking of a whole generation in Kerala. An indefatigable campaigner against obscurantism, superstitions and blind belief, Edamaruku represents a colorful era of Indian rationalism. He was the president of Indian Rationalist Association from to Hailing from a traditional Syrian Christian — Joseph Edamaruku, born on 7 September in the southern Indian state Kerala, was an eminent rationalist, scholar and author of books and more than two thousand articles in Malayalam language.
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Early life[ edit ] Edamaruku was born to a Christian -born father named Joseph Edamaruku, a well-known journalist, author and activist who wrote books on religion, philosophy and miracle frauds, and a Hindu -born mother named Soley. The couple rejected religion at a young age and discarded the traditional qualification regarding religion and caste upon marrying each other.
When Joseph was away, his parents pressured Soley to convert to Christianity. Soley had refused, clinging to her own beliefs and ideals.
Soley was almost due at this time. However, during their journey, Soley went into labor and under the pouring rain, she gave birth to Sanal. They refused to fill both options and after an intense dispute, Sanal was enrolled in school as the first Indian child to have no religion and no caste.
While a teenager, Sanal witnessed a traumatic event that changed his outlook on religion. A young woman named Susan lived close to the Edamarukus in their village.
Susan fell ill with a disease that would have been easily preventable by medicine. However, her parents belonged to a Christian sect that refused vaccines and medications. Susan ended up dying before her 20th birthday. Edamaruku became president of that organization. Two more conferences were held by Rationalist International in Trivandram, India and another one in New Delhi A number of well-known atheist activists have been given the status of honorary associates by Rationalist International including Taslima Nasrin , the late Christopher Hitchens , Paul Kurtz , James Randi , and Richard Dawkins.
The tantric priest made the outstanding claim that tantric powers can kill a person. Edamaruku, like a boss, dared the tantric priest to kill him. As a result, India TV cancelled all of their prime-time programming for this unusual, yet captivating event. Sanal Edamaruku  After realizing that Edamaruku was still alive, and laughing, the tantric lamely concluded that Edamaruku was under the protection of a powerful god.
Edamaruku bluntly said that he was an atheist. The Church attempted to have him arrested for blasphemy after arguing about the incident.
While writing his thesis towards his doctorate , he began working for the Afro-Asian Rural Reconstruction Organization. Rationalist activism[ edit ] Edamaruku demonstrating the trick to "create" holy ash in a village in Uttar Pradesh state in India. Before becoming the president in , he served as the General Secretary beginning in ,  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. Edamaruku has carried out investigations and demonstrations that helped expose frauds, mystics and god men as well as conducting campaigns against superstition in Indian villages.
Books by Joseph Edamaruku