That's what strikes for Babu Gogineni
It's now increasingly becoming clear that many had underestimated Babu Gogineni's popularity before 'Bigg Boss-2'. That the rationalist-humanist was always famous didn't occur to many, especially those disinclined towards his anti-religious views.
But the reality show has confirmed that he is much-respected. By whom? Mostly by youngsters in the age group of 20-35. What explains his popularity is not his style of articulation. His articulation is a byproduct of his scientific views and bent of mind.
In India, large sections of youngsters are atheists. Our official figures have failed to capture this reality. Most atheists tend to identify with their parents' religion in official census. But many credible accounts by writers, journalists, activists and others acknowledge the presence of atheists in large numbers in our midst.
In Babu Gogineni, atheists in the Telugu States see one of their own. Since the media usually don't give rationalists much of a voice, only a few very sophisticated rationalist speakers have made a name in the country. Gogineni is one of them.