Atheist Centre 1940-1990 Golden Jubilee
International Conference Souvenir
Vijayawada, February 3, 4, and 5, 1990
[OCR by Tim Sullivan; HTML, editing, by Cliff Walker]

Introduction

We are happy to bring out this Souvenir on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Atheist Centre. It is the first known Atheist Centre in the world and since its inception it has been in the forefront of social change activities.

It is heartening to note that a number of distinguished people who are active in atheist, humanist, rationalist, freethought, secularist and social change movements from different countries are participating in the Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Sir Hermann Bondi, KCB, FRS, Master of Churchill College, Cambridge U.K. and President of the British Humanist Association and recipient of the first International G.D. Birla Award for promotion of humanism, is presiding over the Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

The Souvenir contains a few articles by writers from various countries and the second section deals with the saga of the Atheist Centre in the last half a century. It gives a glimpse of the activities of Atheist Centre.

In view of paucity of time and space, some important aspects of the work of Atheist Centre are left out of the Souvenir, such as Gora's movements for socio-economic equality, his foot march from Sevagram to Delhi of 1100 miles in 99 days and his Satyagraha campaigns in Hyderabad and the activities of Nastika Mitra Mandali.

The Souvenir has been completed in a record time of two weeks and we are grateful to the friends and well-wishers of Atheist Centre who have contributed advertisements and given their support to the efforts of Atheist Centre. We appreciate and express our sincere thanks for their help and cooperation.

Atheist Centre is a social change institution which champions atheism as a positive way of life and strives for inculcation of scientific, rational, secular and humanist approach in solving human problems.

Gora (1902-1975) and Saraswathi Gora Founded the Atheist Centre, and over half a century the activities of Atheist Centre have grown, touching various aspects of life. After Gora's demise in 1975, the Atheist Centre has been continuing its efforts under the guidance of Mrs. Saraswathi Gora and Lavanam. Atheist Centre has created movements for promoting atheism as a positive way of life that is in search of truth. With sincerity, sacrifice and commitment, Atheist Centre is trying to march forward in spite of myriad problems that confront it in the tradition-ridden society.