Dravidar Kazhagam, Atheist Centre & The Rationalists’ Forum Organise
Confluence of Atheist Fraternity of International Eminence in the Land of Periyar.
Dravidar Kazhagam ( Tamil Nadu ), Atheist Centre (Vijayawada) and The Rationalists’ Forum (Tamil Nadu) jointly organise World Atheist Conference 2018.
WAC is the ideological confluence of atheist, rationalist and humanist fraternity from the countries – England, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland,United States etc. and from all the States of India.
WAC proceedings cover seminar and sittings with lecture delivery and paper presentation on the various dimensions of atheism , rationalism and humanism.
Film show , video presentations, science exhibition, book fair are planned . A massive public procession with demonstrations exposing superstition is scheduled. A Souvenir containing essays ,real stories, personal experiences of eminent persons on atheism and allied ideologies gets released on the occasion.
Many leaders and persons of eminence from State and Central Governments, educationalists intellectuals participate in the proceedings.
Dravidar Kazhagam, Atheist Centre & The Rationalists’ Forum
Dravidar Kazhagam-Tamil Nadu
Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) is an atheist movement founded by the great social revolutionary, Periyar E.V.R. Ramasami (1879 – 1973) for the inculcation of understanding and realisation of self respect by the people who had been denied education and employment in the name of god and religion for so many centuries. The deprived masses were named as ‘Dravidian’ by the historians. The Movement, with its multitudes of BLACK SHIRT cadres has been adopting the strategies of reforming the society , ensuring social justice and developing scientific temper by striving on the hard path of propagation of the ideals through meetings, agitation, picketing, imprisonment etc. to attain the goal of humanism. The ideologies of Periyar are propagated with great commitment by sustainable strategies by Dr. K.Veeramani as the President of Dravidar Kazhagam, after a brief leading period by E.V.R.Maniammaiyar (1920-1978) , wife of Periyar.
DK, the mass movement has been instrumental for many reformative, socially justifiable legal enactments not only in Tamil Nadu but applicable for the whole of India. In fact, DK is the causative force, acknowledged by the rulers of the Nation, at the time of FIRST amendment to Indian Constitution in 1951.The various political parties and their present leadership in Tamil Nadu consider as a pride in identifying themselves with the ideals of Periyar. Periyar remains as an integral force on ideological front for the leadership of both the treasury bench and the opposition side of political governance of State of Tamil Nadu.
DK is publishing periodicals and magazines in Tamil, Viduthalai ( Liberty) daily, Unmai (Truth) fortnightly, Periyar Pinju ( Periyar Bud) Childrens’ monthly and in English, The Modern Rationalist monthly. Many educational institutions – Periyar Maniyammai University, Periyar Centenary Polytechnic, Periyar Pharmaceutical College, Teacher Training School, Primary , Secondary, Higher Secondary and Matriculation Schools and Children Home , Old Age Home etc. are managed with educational distinctions.
Atheist Centre was founded by renowned atheist Gora (1902 - 1975 ) with its head quarters at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Periyar and Gora are contemporaries on atheism propaganda mission for the cause of up lifting mankind by removing them from the clutches of god and religion. Gora founded the ideology of ‘Positive Atheism’ which is a noble ideology for the livelihood of individuals.
Atheist Centre, presently headed by Dr. G.Vijayam, the second son of Gora, is accomplishing progressive social deeds organizationally in Andhra Pradesh. Atheist Centre has convened SEVEN successful World Atheist Conferences through its sustained relationship with atheist fraternity world over. Atheist Centre is publishing two monthly magazines viz. Nasthiga Marg ( Atheist way ) in Telugu and Atheist in English.
The Rationalists’ Forum
The Rationalists’ Forum is a Humanist Movement founded by Periyar in 1971 and presently patronised by Dr. K. Veeramani, President , Dravidar Kazhagam. It is a unique movement, because of the composition of membership and the activities. People who are committed to Periyar ideology and employed in various organisations – government, public private co-operative have shouldered the responsibility of preaching and practising rationalistic ideals.
The activities include organising meetings, seminars, science exhibition, superstition exposure show to develop scientific temper and humanism among the public. Many State and Central Ministers, Vice Chancellors of Universities, educationalists, officials who are at helm of affairs to-day were the earlier functionaries of The Rationalists’ Forum.
Atheist – Humanists around the world participate in the conference, besides the leaders of various atheist, rationalist and humanist organizations from all the States of the country.
Paper presentations by atheist scholars and activists followed by deep deliberations on the different perspectives of atheist philosophy, form the major part of the conference proceedings.
Sharing of religion-free living culture in various countries / societies and churning up the substance on living free from the fear of god, enabling humanity to progress and peace.
Revealing the success, in establishing the egalitarian society free from the belief of non existing ‘god’ through the services of organizations and movements by atheist philosophers.
Documenting the pioneering role rendered by atheist movements in the East during the early historical period.
Periyar Thidal, 84/1, EVK Sampath Road,
Vepery, Chennai – 600 007.
Tamil Nadu, India.
For details :
Contact: (91) 044 - 26618161.
V.Kumaresan: +91 94449 05633
J Thamil Chelvi: +91 94861 01676
M.Alagirisamy: +91 99449 10521