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Organizational Structure and Setup of ANiS

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919406 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.003.0012
Organizational Structure and Setup of ANiS

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This chapter introduces the organisational structure of ANiS alongside an ethnographic description of the organisation's meetings and activities, their publication of books and magazines such as Thought & Action (in English) and Vartapatr (in Marathi), as well as an outline of their collaborations with other rationalist organisations. It highlights the fact that ANiS, despite the charismatic leadership of Narendra Dabholkar, has a democratic and decentralised structure and depends to a large extent on the voluntary work of its members. The importance of gender is stressed given that there are far more male rationalists than female. Further, the average ANiS member is middle-aged, has completed at least a basic education, lives in a city and belongs to the Indian middle-class. The caste background of the members, for the most part, reflects the caste structure of Maharashtra.

Keywords: Narendra Dabholkar; organisational structure; membership; magazines; Thought & Action; Vartapatr; voluntarism; gender; middle class; caste; Maharashtra; gender

Chapter.  16419 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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