New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday called for making the Anti-Superstition law of Maharashtra a national one.
Speaking after releasing three-volume books on eradicating superstitions penned by anti-superstition activist late Narendra Dabholkar at a function here, Ansari stressed on the need to enlighten the young generation.
He said August 20, 2013, will be remembered in history as a black day when Dabholkar was murdered as he was trying to awaken people against various superstitions.
"Dr Dabholkar advocated for Maharashtra Anti-Superstition Law and just after his death, that law was passed. The Anti-Superstition Law should be made a national law," he said.
The Vice President also said Indians need to understand as to why rational thinking is better than irrational thinking.
"Why do some people oppose the person who thinks logically in a rational manner?" he asked.
Ansari suggested that the three books - "Andhvishwas Unmoolan - Aachaar, Voloume-1", "Vichaar, Voloume-2", and "Siddhanth, Voloume-3" be translated into all Indian languages and should reach all schools and colleges for enlightening the young generation against superstitions.
The books throw light on various superstitions and their ill effects on society and also on how it affects the lives of many innocent people.
It is divided in to three parts with the first one explaining basic facts about eradication of superstitions while second part details various efforts done by Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti.
The third part is theoretical and highlights all aspects of eradication of superstitions, an official statement said.