May 26, 1955 â€“ Indian activist Sanal Edamaruku, son of influential rationalist Joseph Edamaruku, is born. Continuing his fatherâ€™s work, he is president of the Indian Rationalist Association and founding president of Rationalist International. A smiling Edamaruku famously â€œsurvivedâ€ a tantric guruâ€™s attempt to murder him on live television using only mental power. In 2012 Edamaruku investigated a â€œmiraculousâ€ drip of water from a Christ-statueâ€™s toe in Mumbai and traced it to a seeping drainpipe. InfuriatedÂ Catholics complained under a statute prohibiting “outraging religious sentiments.” Fearing arrest and under threats of violence, Edamaruku fled to Finland where he lives in exile.
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