Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations

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Basava Premanand, founder-convener of FIRA

Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA) is an umbrella body of more than 75[1] rationalist, atheist, skeptic, secularist and science organisations in India. As an apex body of rationalist organisations, it is committed to the development of scientific temper and humanism in India.

History[edit]

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 organizations at the national level that as part of 10th Kerala State Conference of Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham, a meeting of activists from around India was convened at Trivandrum, Kerala. The meeting decided to launch a federation of all the rationalist and skeptic associations active in India. As a result, the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations was launched on February 7, 1997 at Palakkad, Kerala. Basava Premanand of Indian CSICOP, Tamil Nadu was the founder-convener of the federation.

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.[2]

Affiliation to IHEU[edit]

FIRA is affiliated to International Humanist and Ethical Union and supports minimum statement on Humanism (as required by IHEU bylaw 5.1 [1]) and the Amsterdam Declaration 2002.

Minimum statement[edit]

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."

Organizations affiliated to FIRA[edit]

A delegate exposing a so-called 'miracle' of eating fire at the 8th FIRA conference in Nagpur
  1. Akhil Bhartiya Anddashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, Nagpur
  2. Ananthapur Rationalist Association, Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh
  3. Anddashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, Pune, Maharashtra
  4. Andhra Pradesh Rationalist Association, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
  5. ARIVU, Bellary, Karnataka
  6. Arjak Sangh, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh
  7. Atheist Center, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  8. Atheist Society of India, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  9. AT Kovoor Memorial Trust, Kozhikode, Kerala
  10. Baratia Bigyan O Yuktibadi Samity
  11. Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj, Patna, Bihar
  12. Bombay-Gujarat Rationalist Association, Ankaleshwar, Gujarat
  13. Dakshina Kannada Rationalist Association, Mangalore, Karnataka
  14. Democratic Action Forum of Dalits, Women and Minorities, Kolkota, West Bengal
  15. Ekasila Activity and Education Society, Itarsi, Hoshanabad, Madhya Pradesh
  16. Federation of Karnataka Rationalist Associations, Karnataka
  17. Freethinkers Forum, Bangalore, Karnataka
  18. Goa Science Forum, Goa
  19. Hyderabad Rationalist Forum, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  20. Indian Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Paranormal, Podannur, Tamil Nadu
  21. Jana Vijnana Vedika, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  22. Karnataka Federation of Rationalist Associations, Karnataka
  23. Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham, Kerala
  24. Manava Vikasa Vedika, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  25. Manavatavadi Vishwa Sansthan (The International School of Humanitarian Thoughts and Practice), Rajghat, Kurukshetra, Haryana
  26. Mandya Science Forum, Mandya, Karnataka
  27. Orissa Rationalist Association, Odisha
  28. Periyar Rationalists Forum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  29. Rationalists' Forum, Tamil Nadu
  30. Rationalist Society, Haryana
  31. Satya Shodhak Sabha, Surat, Gujarat
  32. Science for Society, Jharkhand
  33. Science for Society, Bihar
  34. Science Trust, Kozhikode, Kerala
  35. Soshit Samaj, Jharkhand
  36. Tarksheel Society Punjab (Regd.) Punjab www.tarksheel.org
  37. TRUST, Bhubaneswar
  38. Vicharavadi Sangham, Bangalore, Karnataka

(The list is incomplete)

National conferences[edit]

FIRA has convened seven 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

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