Recently, a user posted these questions:
Why Hindu saints are targeted very badly in India?
I have been living outside India for the last couple of years but I saw plenty of fake cases against Hindu saints in India. Why are Hindu saints being targeted in India? There are plenty of Indian/Hindu saints with fake cases registered against them. What is the exact reason behind this?
Is everything in Hindu culture based on science?
I read in many places that most things in Hindu scripture/culture are scientifically proven to be correct. Is this true? If yes, what is the significance of wearing ornaments?
Here, I would like to point out that asking questions of political nature and asking scientific reasons behind Hindu rituals should be considered off-topic.
Regarding the first question, users may think that they are being on-topic because they are discussing Hindu saints, however, if we look at the question body, it's asking for a political reason which is not good for the site.
Reasons for disallowing such questions are:
It will lead to:
- Unnecessary debates as political views vary widely from individual to individual
- Opinion-based answers
- May result in legal disputes
Coming to the second question, asking for scientific reasons should be considered off-topic as well since we are here to discuss Hindu culture, tradition, gods, stories, etc.
Why should we disallow science-based questions?
- Science and superstition are usually opposed to each other
- Users of this site will be mostly interested in mythological and traditional answers
- We have other websites for discussing science-related topics (E.g., Physics SE, Chemistry SE and Biology SE). So if one starts discussing science on this site too, it will result in redundancy across many SE sites.
In conclusion, asking something like:
...is fine and should be allowed as it expects a traditional answer from Hindu scripture, but a question like:
- What's the scientific reason behind wearing a dhoti during puja?
...should be considered off-topic as it forces users to engage in scientific speculation. So, in this case, users should flag or cast a close-vote ASAP.
The on-topic page has been now been updated to reflect the above:
Please note that the following subjects are considered off-topic here:
- Scientific speculation