About Me

I am a Rationalist and Human Rights Activist of  West Bengal, India. I am an active worker of People’s Science and Rationalist Movement since the year 1989.

At present, I have been working as the Secretary of “Bharater Manabatabadi Samity” (Indian Humanist Association), a voluntary organisation for people’s science and protection of human rights.

Our Address: Bharater Manabatabadi Samiti (Indian Humanist Association), Tarapada Das Lane, Kalupukur, P.O. Chandannagar, Dist.- Hooghly, West Bengal, India, Pin-712136.
Email: rajeshdattain@yahoo.com

I am also an essayist in the field of science and rationalistic literature, a poet and composer of Bengali contemporary songs. I have experience of more than two decades in the field of writing, editing and publication.

I authored the following Bengali books: Monobijnaner Aloke Ishwar darshan (Mystical vision in the light of Psychology), Aloukik Chikitsay ki Rog sare? (Does Miracle Cure heal diseases?) Manabataar Gaan (The Songs of Humanity) etc.

I edited the following books: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda- Mukto moner aaloy (Ramakrishna-Vivekananda: in the light of freethinking); Aloukik Rahasya Sandhane (In Search of Supernatural Mysteries); Santrser Utsa America  (America: The origin of terror); and Juddha Islam Pratirodh (War-Islam-Resistance).

I am former editor of Bengali science and rationalistic magazine Ekush Shataker Yuktibadi(Rationalists of the 21st Century), organ of ‘Bharatiya Bijnan O Yuktibadi Samity’ (Science and Rationalists’ Association of India) from 1992 to 2000 and founder editor of Kishore Yuktibadi (Young Rationalists) first children’s magazine in Bengali on people’s science and rationalism.

My articles, columns and reportages on scientific investigation of so-called “supernatural phenomena”, “occultism” and other topics were published in many Bengali News papers and science magazines.

I was bestowed the Rationalists’ Award by ‘Bharatiya Bijnan O Yuktibadi Samity’ (Science and Rationalists’ Association of India) as the Best Writer of the Year (1993).

Aloukik Rahasya Sandhane (In Search of Supernatural Mysteries)

I was also  one of the members of the secretariat of Science and Rationalists’ Association of India from the year 1992 to 2000. (Please read a research article on the development of Rationalist movement in West Bengal written by Dr. Sabyasachi Chatterjee published in Contemporary History of India- IHC: Proceedings, 71st Session, 2010-2011. Click the following link)
Also check the following link to go through a Bengali article ‘YUKTIR PATHE YATRA : PROSONGO PASCHIMBANGA’ by Dr. Sabyasachi Chattopadhyay.
It is a brief history of ‘Bharatiya Bijnan o Yuktibadi Samity’ (Science and Rationalists’ Association of India) and the development of Rationalism in West Bengal written by Dr. Sabyasachi Chatterjee. (Published in Contemporary History of India : Paschimbanga Itihas Sansad, Volume- 14, Year-2000, Page-634-641)

I compose Bengali mass songs and other contemporary songs and Mrs. Sutapa Bandyopadhyay, a promising mass-singer of Bengal, sung my songs before a large audience in many places of  West Bengal as well as other states of India. Lyrics of these songs were published in a good number of books and Bengali little magazines like “Aneek”, “Utsa Manush”, “Top Quark”, “Akinchan”, “Ahalya”, “Bandibarta” and others.

An audio cassette and audio CD Palta Sroter Gaan” (The Songs of the Countercurrents), of these contemporary Bengali songs sung by Sutapa Bandyopadhyay was released on January, 2007. Sound Recording: Indranil Das, Studio Soprano, Arrangement and Production: Bharater Manabatabadi Samity, Chandannagar

Please visit the ‘Manabatar Gaan’ page on Facebook. Click the following link:

Listen to my Bengali songs on YouTube : Please click the following link:


I am a devoted atheist and I believe in Secular Humanism. I am a free thinker, inquisitive, ingenuous and sensitive person. I aspire for a peaceful world of equality without exploitation, war, terror and oppression.

Website of my Lyrics and Poems : Please click the following link


My Bengali Blog: Manabatar Gaan মানবতার গান:

Manabatar Gaan: Kathay Surey



My first book ‘Monobijnaner Aloke Ishwardarshan’ (Mystical vision in the light of Psychology), published in 1999 by ‘Radical Impression’ was acclaimed as a remarkable work in the ‘People’ column of ‘Impression’ in The Sunday Statesman of November 26, 1999. Second edition of the book got published in the year 2003.

The Statesman, November, 1999

Nothing Supernatural : Photographs of Anti-Miracle People’s Science Shows and Street Meetings against superstitions

An Anti-miracle Science Show: Eating Fireflame

An anti-miracle campaign programme against "God men"

An Anti-miracle Science Show: Walking on Fire Bed

An anti-miracle science show exposing tricks of God men

A film shooting  with world famous American magicians Penn and Teller

A shooting of Granada TV with world famous magicians Penn and Teller in Kanning of West Bengal in the year 2000. Penn & Teller (Penn Jillette and Teller) are Las Vegas headliners whose act is an amalgam of illusion and comedy. Penn Jillette is a raconteur; Teller generally uses mime while performing, although his voice can occasionally be heard throughout their performance. They specialize in gory tricks, exposing frauds, and performing clever pranks, and have become associated with Las Vegas, atheism and scientific skepticism. (http://www.pennandteller.com/)

An anti-miracle campaign programme in a village of West Bengal
A street corner in Calcutta

A science show: "Natural, not Supernatural"

A Science Show: "Natural, Not Supernatural"

A Science Show "Natural, not Supernatural"

An Anti-miracle Show

At Calcutta Book Fair with Late Ashoke Bandyopadhyay of "Utsa Manush"

At Calcutta Book Fair: Release of the book "Does Miracle Cure Heal Diseases?" Inaugurated by Late Dr. Bishnu Mukherjee

Inaugural programme of my second book “Aloukik Chikitsay ki Rog sare?” (Does Miracle Cure heal diseases?) published by ‘Radical Impression’ in Kolkata Book fair, 2001 with my friend Chiraranjan Paul, late Dr. Bisnu Mukherjee, Probhati Banerjee and eminent freedom fighter late Rasbehari Mishra.

“Guru Busters”, a popular documentary film produced and directed by the British film maker Robert Eagle, portrayed Indian Rationalists exhibiting and teaching many apparently “supernatural” stunts such as levitation, flesh piercing, live burials, fire walking etc. This documentary film, about the Indian Rationalists’ movement to obliterate superstition, religious hoax and quackery in India, provoked controversy with its vivid depiction of the activities of leading Indian rationalist campaigners. It showed that the alleged miracles of India’s god-men are little more than a magician’s petty tricks. The film was broadcast on Channel 4, BBC, UK, in the year 1995. I was in the documentary film and it was my great experience working with Robert and his team. I enjoyed a lot the shooting trip. I relish those memorable days when we travel around the villages of West Bengal from Fraud Fakir S. P. Ali’s hermitage (who made “miraculous” fire ball) at Barasat to the snake charmer’s village at Nadia district.

To watch some more interesting video clips from “GURU BUSTERS” please click the following link:

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