Indian Humanist Union

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The Indian Humanist Union (IHU) is an Indian Humanist organisation established in 1960 by Narsingh Narain.[1] The forerunner organisation, founded by Narain in 1954, was the "Society for Promotion of Freedom of Thought".[1]

IHU is affiliated with the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). The official symbol of the IHU is a version of the Happy Human.

The funding arm of the organisation, the Humanist Endowment Fund Society (HEFS) was established in 1970. Donations are eligible for deduction from taxable income.

IHU publishes a quarterly journal, the Humanist Outlook which began publication in 1966.

Narsingh Narain (Founder IHU)[edit]

Narsingh Narain (1897-1972) was born on October 4, 1897 in Uttar Pradesh, India. In 1960, he founded the Indian Humanist Union, an organisation for promoting humanism, which is affiliated with the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). Narsingh Narain is one of the main humanist thinkers of twentieth century India. Some of his important essays have been collected in a book titled A Commonsense Humanism and Other Essays.


  1. ^ a b Johannes Quack (22 November 2011). Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-19-981260-8. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 

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