A Letter from Lavanam

September, 1995

Dear CRT Members:

Hope you are doing fine. I am happy to inform you that my recent foreign visit April 10 to August 10 was a good success. I participated in the Atheist Alliance Conference at Los Angeles; American Humanist Congress at Phoenix, Arizona; Canadian Humanist Conference at Guelph, Ontario and the Telugu Association of North America Conference at Chicago. In Europe I visited Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and U.K. I thank you for your support and cooperation in making my visit a successful one.

After my return, I was very busy with the Centenary Celebrations of my father-in-law, Gurram Joshua. All his poetry was full of Humanist values underlining the importance of social equality and universal outlook. On September 28th, at Hyderbad the President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sarma was the Chief Guest at the Centenary Celebrations. The Governor of A.P. presided. The Chief Minister of A.P. was Special Guest. A galaxy of poets, writers, social workers, political workers and members of the Gora-Joshua families participated. Professor O. N. V. Kurup, Malayali Poet, was given the Joshua award for Poetry. This function has heralded the new socio-cultural regeneration of the Telugu people.

As I was busy with the above, I could not write this letter earlier. Now I have started preparations for the proposed 4th World Atheist Conference to be held January 4-6, 1996, here, at Vijayawada. I am expecting about 100 delegates from outside India and 4 to 5 hundred delegates from India. Professor Mark Lindley of Boston, USA, is coming on November 1st to help us in the preparations of the conference.

As everyone cannot come, even though one very much desires, we have thought of accepting non-participating delegates also. By sending the registration fee $50 they can express their solidarity with the conference and also can receive a certificate, the souvenir, the report of the conference, and the papers presented at the conference. They also can send their views to be circulated at the conference, on the them of "Positive Atheism for a Positive Future."

To CRT: I have very much enjoyed my visit to Portland and to you. I hope the television programmes came out well.

Response for the World Atheist Conference is very good. Under the leadership of Marie Castle a 15-member Atheist Alliance group is coming to our conference. I am expecting the conference to make significant contribution for the progress of Atheism. How I wish you to be with us at the conference!

Even though many of our people wish to come to India, they cannot make it because of several restraints. I request that all of you register as non-participating delegates. Please enlist the help of the Humanist and Freethinker groups.

Let us be in touch with each other. Give my greetings to all our members.

Yours humanly,

Lavanam