Abraham Kovoor Abraham Kovoor Dr. Abraham Kovoor was a well-known crusader against superstition and obscurantism and the scourge of Satya Sai Baba and other godmen in India. His assertion was that all those who claim to possess psychic, para-psychic and spiritual powers were either hoaxers or mentally deranged persons suffering from cryptesthesia. They exist only in the pages of scriptures and sensation-mongering newspapers. His father was Rev. He completed his basic education at the Syrian Christian Seminary in Kerala and and received his higher education along with younger brother Dr Behanan Kovoor who was at Yale University and United Nations , at the Bengabasi College, Calcutta, where he specialised in Botany and Zoology.
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Oxford University Press. Kovoor: The Rationalist of Indian Subcontinent". In Satya Pal Ruhela. Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the Press, Publications Pvt. Current Books, Thrissur, Kerala, India. Yukthivadam Rationalism - Translated by Joseph Edamaruku. Anamarutha - Translated by Joseph Edamaruku. Current Books, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Maie Gowda, Govt of Karnataka publications.
Kovoor Award for the Secular Artist. The first recipient was Indian film star Kamal Haasan in acknowledgment of his humanist activities and secular life. Legacy and criticism In , Kovoor announced an award of Rs. The challenge listed 23 miracles or feats that godmen and Western mystics and performers such as Uri Geller and Jeane Dixon claimed to perform, such as reading the serial numbers from currency in sealed envelopes, materializing objects, predicting future events, converting liquids from one kind to another, and walking on water.
Some sought publicity by taking on his challenge, but they forfeited the initial deposit amount. The Sri Lankan Rationalist Association, led by Professor Carlo Fonseka , renewed the challenge in and increased the reward to one million dollars. Similar challenges have been posed by Basava Premanand and James Randi. After his numerous encounters with god-men, astrologers, and other people who claimed to have psychic powers, Kovoor concluded that there was no objective truth to such claims.
He wrote, "Nobody has and nobody ever had supernatural powers. They exist only in the pages of scriptures and sensation-mongering newspapers. He spent most of his time building up the Ceylon Rationalist Association, and was its president from to his death. He edited an annual journal, The Ceylon Rationalist Ambassador.
Kovoor died on September 18, Part of a series on.
Mozilkree Amila rated it it was amazing Mar 16, A lot of cock-and-bull stories about the miraculous genesis and divine powers of the godmen are published in books and newspapers. Return to Book Page. He completed his basic education at the Syrian Christian Seminary in Kerala and and received booms higher education along with younger brother Dr Behanan Kovoor who was at Yale University and United Nationsat the Bengabasi College, Calcutta, where he specialised in Botany and Zoology. The variety of material gives a real insight into the intensive research and thoughts of this outstanding rationalist. In recent years a new type of hoaxers have cropped up in India in the form of incarnations of one or other of numerous gods of the Hindu pantheon. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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Oxford University Press. Kovoor: The Rationalist of Indian Subcontinent". In Satya Pal Ruhela. Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the Press,
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