Atheist Centre is a social change institution founded by Gora (1902-1975) and Saraswathi Gora (1912) in the year 1940 at Mudnur village in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India. On the eve of the Independence to the country, Atheist Centre was shifted to Vijayawada in 1947 and since then it has been the hub of activity for promotion of atheism, humanism and social change.
Atheist Centre carries on its multifarious activities with the cooperation and good will of the people. Since the demise of Gora in 1975, Atheist Centre carries on all its activities under the able guidance of Ms Saraswathi Gora, the co-founder of the Centre. She is assisted by the dedicated team of people who are engaged in the promotion of atheism as a way of life. Atheist Centre is also actively engaged in Secular Social Work activities for comprehensive rural development and rendering assistance to people to develop an alternate way of life on secular and humanist lines. The Centre maintains live-wire contact with the humanists, atheist, secularists, rationalists and social change workers in different parts of the world.
Gora (the founder of the Centre) and family, along with some other colleagues, was associated with Gandhi and the nationalist movement. They participated in the freedom struggle and underwent imprisonment. Gora had long discussions with Mahatma Gandhi on atheism and social change and the discussions have been published in the form of a book entitled, "An Atheist with Gandhi", published by the Navajivan, the official publishers of Gandhian literature. Even in the post-Gandhian period, Atheist Centre is closely associated with the Bhoodan movement of Vinoba Bhave and other Gandhian activities all over the country. Thus Atheist Centre is in the mainstream of national life, maintaining its distinctive position with its non-religious, humanist and atheist approach.
Right from the inception Atheist Centre adopted a comprehensive approach for sustainable development. It views life as an integrated whole and is striving to build an alternate way of life, a life stance based on a secular-humanist-atheist alternative. Atheist Centre's active association with the freedom struggle and its grassroot level work for the eradication of untouchability, caste and other parochial considerations, brought it in closer touch with the realities of the village scene, in addition to its activities on a wider plane.
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Atheist Centre, Benz Circle
Vijayawada 520010, AP, India
PO Fax: 91-866-248-4850