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Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations

Basava Premanand, founder-convener of FIRA

The Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA) is an umbrella body of 83 (as of 2012)[1] India. As an apex body of rationalist organisations, it is committed to the development of scientific temper and humanism in India.

History

A banner for the 8th National Conference of FIRA held in Nagpur

There are a number of rationalist, atheist, skeptic, and secularist groups active in the states and regions of India. It was to coordinate the activities of these organisations at the national level that as part of 10th Kerala State Conference of [3] to "more than 75" in 2011[4] to 83 in 2012.[1]

Dr G Vijayam, Atheist Centre, Vijayawada, was elected as the patron of the association at the 8th National Conference held in Nagpur on 11 and 12 February 2012. The conference reelected Prof Narendra Nayak of Dakshina Kannada Rationalist Association, Karnataka as the national president of the association and U.Kalanathan of Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham as its general secretary.[4]

Affiliation to IHEU

FIRA is affiliated to International Humanist and Ethical Union and supports minimum statement on Humanism (as required by IHEU bylaw 5.1[5]) and the Amsterdam Declaration 2002.

Minimum statement

Dr Vilas Sapkal, vice chancellor, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, inaugurating the 8th National Conference of FIRA held in Nagpur by cutting a string of seven chilies and a lemon, a charm commonly used by Hindus to ward off evil
Delegates of 8th National Conference of FIRA held in Nagpur
"Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality."

FIRA member organisations

A delegate exposing a so-called 'miracle' of eating fire at the 8th FIRA conference in Nagpur
Name Based in Founded Notes
Akhil Bhartiya Anddashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti Nagpur, Maharashtra 1986[4] National organisation
AMOFOI (Anti-caste Marriage & One-child Family Organization of India) Bhubaneswar, Odisha 1980[4] Founding unit since 1997
Ananthapur Rationalist Association Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh Rationalist Association Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
ARIVU Bellary, Karnataka
Arjak Sangh Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh
Atheist Centre Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 1940
Atheist Society of India Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
AT Kovoor Memorial Trust Kozhikode, Kerala
Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj Patna, Bihar 1985
Bombay-Gujarat Rationalist Association Ankleshwar, Gujarat
Dakshina Kannada Rationalist Association Mangalore, Karnataka 1976
Democratic Action Forum of Dalits, Women and Minorities Kolkota, West Bengal
Ekasila Activity and Education Society Itarsi/Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
Federation of Karnataka Rationalist Associations Karnataka State umbrella
Freethinkers Forum Bangalore, Karnataka
Goa Science Forum Goa
Hyderabad Rationalist Forum Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Indian Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Paranormal Podanur, Tamil Nadu 19??
Jana Vijnana Vedika Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Karnataka Federation of Rationalist Associations Karnataka State umbrella
Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham Kerala 1935 [6]
Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) Pune, Maharashtra 1989[7] Maharashtra state branch
Manava Vikasa Vedika Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Manavatavadi Vishwa Sansthan Rajghat, Kurukshetra, Haryana
Mandya Science Forum Mandya, Karnataka
Orissa Rationalist Association Odisha
Periyar Rationalists Forum Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Rationalists' Forum Tamil Nadu
Rationalist Society Haryana
Satya Shodhak Sabha Surat, Gujarat
Science and Rationalists' Association of India Kolkata, West Bengal 1985
Science for Society Jharkhand 2010
Science for Society Bihar 2010
Science Trust Kozhikode, Kerala
Soshit Samaj Jharkhand
Tarksheel Society Punjab 1984[8] [9]
TRUST Bhubaneswar
Vicharavadi Sangham Bangalore, Karnataka

National conferences

FIRA has convened eight national conferences:

  1. Palakkad, Kerala : February 7, 1997
  2. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh: March 21 & 22, 1998
  3. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu: December 7, 8 & 9, 2001
  4. Mangalore, Karnataka: May 10 & 11, 2003
  5. Bhatinda, Punjab: April 2, 3 & 4, 2004
  6. Pune, Maharashtra: April 28 & 29, 2007
  7. Chennai, Tamil Nadu: December 26 & 27, 2009
  8. Nagpur, Maharashtra: February 11 & 12, 2012

The next national conference will be held in Brahmapur, Odisha on December 24 & 25, 2014.

See also

Similar organisations

References

  1. ^ a b Sankar (8 March 2012). "VIII – FIRA National Conference – V.Kumaresan". The Modern Rationalist. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  2. ^  
  3. ^ Varinder Walia (12 May 2005). "FIRA’s proposal".  
  4. ^ a b c d "Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA) - 8th National Conference". Cārvāka 4 India. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.iheu.org/bylaws
  6. ^ Kerala Yukthivadi website
  7. ^ Priyanka Kakodkar (21 August 2013). "He was not against God but fought exploitation".  
  8. ^ Nagar, Munish (May 8, 2006), "Man With a Mission: Indian teaches science to locals to overcome superstitions",  
  9. ^ Tarksheel website

External links

  • Report on 8th National Conference of FIRA held in Nagpur in February 2012
  • The Modern RationalistReport on 7th National Conference of FIRA in
  • The HinduReport on Fourth National Conference of FIRA in
  • Fighting for Separation of Religion and State in India : Secularism on Parliament Street in New Delhi.
  • Humanism in India today IHEU report
  • FIRA's Proposal : A brief report in "Secularism on Parliament Street in New Delhi
  • Rationalists target yoga, spirituality, Art of Living : Report in Indian Express on the 6th National Conference of FIRA (Accessed on 2 May 2007)
  • RationalThoughts.org
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