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|Founded at||Thrissur, Kerala, India|
|Legal status||Registered under The Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955|
|Purpose||Promote Science and Humanism and work as per Article 51A(h) of constitution of India|
|Headquarters||Kochi, Kerala, India|
Membership (1 to 10)
|Executive committee and Members General Body organization|
esSENSE Club is a club promoting atheism, science and humanism based in Kerala, India. Founded in 2016, the club emphasises propagating freethinking and rationalism among the Malayali community all over the world. esSENSE Club organises seminars, lectures and debates on most weeks of the year on topics related to atheism, science and politics. The club jointly organised a debate series named Samvadam along with Times of India and Inspirit IAS Academy at Thiruvanthapuram in April 2017. The annual fest of esSense named Essentia was conducted in October 2017 at Town Hall, Ernakulam. Malayalam author and rationalist C. Ravichandran was a regular speaker for esSense till an organisational split took place in 2018. Apart from having units in all the districts of Kerala, esSense also has units in Bangalore, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth in Australia, United Kingdom and United States.
According to its website, "esSENSE aspires to be the premier rationalist platform in India. We bring together rationalist speakers, writers, thinkers, activists, supporters, and well-wishers, with the goal of promoting rationalism and freethinking in Kerala and in the larger global environment. Through our publications, e-magazines, seminars, online media, and other collaborative platforms, we will endeavor to develop rationalist thought, share ideas, expand our intellectual horizons, facilitate learning, and foster collaboration. We build a better tomorrow that embraces science and rationality, pursues freethinking and atheism, and elevates humanism and justice, while resisting superstition, quackery, ignorance and hatred."
esSENSE Club suffered a vertical split when a section of the office-bearers questioned attempt to create a personality cult around C Ravichandran, at whose behest the organisation was set up. This faction alleged that (1) Ravichandran is fostering a fan club around his personality, (2) Ravichandran has stolen the esSENSE Club Official youtube channel, ( Thrissur Police has already filed an FIR on this case) while the opposing faction charged the former with financial misappropriation. Police cases were filed and are pending resolution.