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About Avijit Roy

Dr. Avijit Roy is a Bangladeshi-American blogger, published author, and prominent defender of the free thought movement. He is an engineer by profession, but well-known for his writings in his self-founded site, Mukto-Mona—an Internet congregation of freethinkers, rationalists, skeptics, atheists, and humanists of mainly Bengali and South Asian descent. As an advocate of atheism, science, and metaphysical naturalism, he has published seven Bangla books, and many of his articles have been published in magazines and journals. His latest book, Obisshahser Dorshon (The Philosophy of Disbelief), has been critically well-received and is a popular Bengali book on science, skepticism, and rationalism. He writes from Atlanta, Georgia.

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Today (September 14) is Ada Lovelace Day. Did we know that?

This day is tied with Ada Byron who has been recognized as the ‘first computer programmer’ (though it is still subject to debate).

Well…this post is not only about Ada. We know the names of Hypatia, Madame Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Lise Meitner, Rachel Carson, Barbara McClintock, […]

From Farabi to ISIS: The Virus of Faith is Indeed Real!

Blasphemy Rights day or Blasphemy day in short, is very near (September 30th).   This day is dedicated to those who are systematically being persecuted, harassed, or killed for their simple expression of Freethought (more precisely, for their ‘blasphemous’ views towards religion).  I wrote a small piece last year (see here).

This year I […]

Happy Blasphemy Day, Happy Birthday ‘Mukto Mona’

I wrote a piece in Bengali on Blasphemy day, 2013.  I could not find time earlier to post this in English blog. Here it is:  


Today is September 30th, also known as Blasphemy Rights day.  This day is dedicated to those who are systematically being persecuted, harassed, or killed for their simple expression of Freethought […]

A Letter of Complaint to the Facebook Authority for Deleting my statuses


Recently Facebook deleted some of my statuses, when a group of religious fanatics collectively targeted me (and some other freethinkers on Facebook) to report our “clean” statuses as ‘spam’. I am asking Facebook to restore all of my deleted statuses:
To the Facebook Customer Service Department,

For the past year, I, like thousands of other activists living […]

No Flag Large Enough to Cover the Shame

What comes to mind when affronted by the picture above? If you didn’t know the story behind the picture, or if you hadn’t been online for the last month, you very well might think that the men standing before you are a gang of thieves who have been caught red-handed. Perhaps this is a picture that border guards have posted of some poachers or drug dealers that they have recently detained. But alas, your speculations would be incorrect if you did indeed believe that the men arrested in this picture are drug lords, poachers, or criminals of any kind. They are, however, a group of brilliant writers. These men are known as bloggers; the items that are displayed in front of them – the bloggers’ own computers and laptops – have been seized and searched by Bangladesh’s law enforcement. What a nice catch our police force has made! ....

‘Control’ Is Not Bad, Especially When We Are Dealing With ‘Guns’!

Just after the Shikh Temple massacre in Wisconsin a few months ago, Time Magazine published an article titled “The Case for Gun Control”, where the author Fareed Zakaria made a strong case in favor of stricter gun control laws.  Although he offered valuable insight concerning the topic, the masses paid him little attention after the […]

By |December 18th, 2012|International, Politics, Society, Terrorism|20 Comments

Obama’s Victory: A Hard Lesson for the Right Wing Extremists and Neocons

This last US election was very personal to my wife – Bonna, and me. We knew President Obama’s first term was patchy. He had faced the challenge of handling one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression: the unemployment rate was rising tremendously, the housing market collapsed, gas prices were […]

By |November 12th, 2012|International, Politics, Society|17 Comments
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