Rationalist Association of India

Rationalist Association of India
AbbreviationRAI
Founded1930; 94 years ago (1930)
TypeNon-profit
PurposeAdvocacy of rationalism, atheism, secularism, humanism
Location
Founder President
Dr. D' Avoine
Current Chairman
Sreeni Pattathanam
AffiliationsVoting member at International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)

Rationalist Association of India (RAI) is an Indian rationalist organization that was established in 1930.[1] Dr. D' Avoine was the President of the Rationalist Association of India (RAI) from 1938 to 1944.[2] It is a full voting member of International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU),[3] a global representative body of the humanist movement, uniting a diversity of non-religious organisations and individuals.

India's first blasphemy protection happened in 1933 when Dr. D'Avoine published an article titled "Religion and Morality" in the September 1933 issue of Reason, the official journal of RAI at that period. The Bombay Police confiscated all the copies of Reason and arrested Dr. D'Avoine and charged him under IPC 295A. On 5 March 1934, Sir H.P. Dastur, the Chief Presidency Magistrate of Bombay, dismissed the case by saying that "The accused may be wrong.... But the article merely represents the writer's view."[4]

Current officials of RAI

Chairman : Sreeni Pattathanam[5]

  • President : Kura Hanumantha Rao
  • Vice President: Gumma Veeranna
  • Secretary : Meduri Sathyanarayana

Connected organisations

Affiliated organisations: Bharatheeya Yukthivadi Sangham (Indian Rationalist Association), Nastik Nation, Radical Humanist Centre, HEMA Publication ('HE'thuvadi-'MA'navavadi Publication).

See also

References

  1. ^ Dr Ramendra. "Rationalism, Humanism and Atheism". Rationalism, Humanism and Atheism In Twentieth Century Indian Thought. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Urgent action to protect life of Malayalam writer and eminent rationalist leader Mr. Sreeni Pattathanam in Kerala". Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Our members IHEU". iheu.org. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Urgent action to protect life of Malayalam writer and eminent rationalist leader Mr. Sreeni Pattathanam in Kerala". www.pucl.org. Archived from the original on 29 May 2004.
  5. ^ "The Wayback Machine has not archived that URL". Retrieved 17 August 2023.[dead link]
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