Remembering atheist leader Gora

Remembering atheist leader Gora
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Renowned atheist leader, social revolutionary and founder of Atheist Centre, Gora’s 112th birth anniversary seminar will be held at the Atheist Centre in the city today.

A seminar will be held to commemorate the revolutionary’s 112th birth anniversary

Renowned atheist leader, social revolutionary and founder of Atheist Centre, Gora’s 112th birth anniversary seminar will be held at the Atheist Centre in the city today. Gora was a relentless champion of positive atheism, castelessness, secularism and equality of women. He not only founded the Atheist Centre, but also toured all over the world twice, championing atheism and social change.

He organised the first World Atheist Conference in 1972. After his death on July 26, 1975, seven World Atheist Conferences have been held so far, which became the rallying point of atheists, humanists, rationalists and champions of social change. Gora was a freedom fighter and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. He was an ardent champion of economic and social equality and freedom of the individual. He stood for secularism and party-less democracy. He fought against the heinous custom of untouchability and caste and promoted marriages beyond caste and religion.

Gora with Acharya Vinobha Bhave during Bhudan movement

He led a padayatra (foot march) from Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram near Nagpur to New Delhi covering 1,100 miles in 100 days for an unostentatious party-less government. He propagated the idea that the ministers are servants and the people are masters in a democracy and hence they should stay closer to the common people. The Government of India recognised him as an outstanding atheist and social reformer and released Gora’s postage stamp on his birth centenary in 2002. Madras University’s political science professor who holds Rajiv Gandhi Chair, Dr Koteswara Prasad, will deliver the key note address.

The executive director of Atheist Centre Dr Vijayam, veteran Atheist leader Lavanam, senior advocate Karnati Rammohan Rao, academician Dr B Sundara Rao, former national president of Indian Medical Association Dr Samaram, Arthik Samata Mandal secretary Nau Gora, German activist Stefan Binder and others will speak at the seminar.

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