Recent History of Organized Rationalism in Maharashtra

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919406 | DOI:
Recent History of Organized Rationalism in Maharashtra

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Against the background of the larger history of rationalism in India, this chapter focuses specifically on organised rationalism in Maharashtra in the second half of the 20th century. Various groups such as the Indian Secular Society (ISS), the Maharashtra Rationalist Association (MRA) and the Satyashodhak Movement, as well as people such as Basava Premanand and Lakshmanshastri Joshi are introduced with respect to their influence on the establishment of ANiS in 1989. This chapter also discusses why ANiS split soon after it's foundation into two separate organisations: Akhil Bharatiya Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (ABANS) led by Shyam Manav and Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (ANiS) headed by Narendra Dabholkar.

Keywords: Maharashtra; Indian Secular Society; Rationalist Association; Satyashodhak Movement; Basava Premanand; Lakshmanshastri Joshi; Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti; Shyam Manav; Narendra Dabholkar

Chapter.  2945 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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