Superstition is a peculiar type of
traditional belief without the basis of reason. It is founded upon fear
born of ignorance and mystery.
It is true that science has made great
advancement in its course but still it is unable to explain some
mysteries of the universe. And the superstition finds its way where the
section of people are the victims of superstition for their ignorance
even in those fields where the light of science has already reached.
There are numerous examples of popular superstitions in our society.
Belief in ghosts is traditional and so is the faith in astrology and
If a man sneezes when somebody is going out
on a journey, it is thought that the journey would be inauspicious. The
sight of a crow crying on a dry branch of a tree or the hooting of an
own at daytime and the moaning of a dog or a cat at night are regarded
as very ominous.
The so-called civilized and elite persons also have some superstitions. They look upon 13 as an unlucky number.
But the evil effects of superstition mostly
affect the illiterate people. The superstitious belief in the magical
powers to cure diseases often takes a heavy toll of human life. The
system of ‘Sati’ was a cruel superstition which is now, more or less, abolished. But another cruel practice, ‘witchcraft’, is till prevailing among the ignorant masses.
There is, however, a definite cure for
superstition and that is education. If people are properly educated and
encouraged to develop a scientific attitude and rational thinking there
is no doubt that superstition will die a natural death.
We must do our best to remove all
superstitions and ensure real progress of the nation. We should expect
that scientific spirit must go deep within our social system and change
our attitude from within.