For the last 25 years, this chemistry teacher from Nasik has been on a mission against superstition, miracles and irrationality. A scientific temper is the need of the hour in every field of life in India, he believes. In Kolkata to attend the 100th Indian Science Congress, Ghoderao said science teaching in schools should be backed by training to think and act rationally.
As a member of the Maharashtra Andhshradhha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) — a rationalists' body — Ghoderao and his team have taken on "dozens of godmen" in Maharashtra. He also goes around schools, colleges and research institutions telling students about the need to shake off superstition and think rationally without giving in to blind faith.
"I have seen so many being taken for a ride by unscrupulous godmen, priests and witch-doctors, who claim to be agents of God and fool people. They use ordinary tricks that are passed off as miracles. Even educated people in India are willing to accept them as miracles and fall easy prey. The only solution is to make young students develop a scientific temper in school. It has to be started early, for by the time a student leaves school, his beliefs and ideas have taken root," said Ghoderao.