A get-together and lunch was organized on 5 December, 2010, at Buddhiwadi Seminar Room, Patna, to mark Buddhiwadi Samaj completing 25 years of its existence. Nearly seventy-five members, supporters and sympathizers of the Samaj participated in the event.
Two Hindi booklets, Buddhiwadi Prashnottari (Rationalist questions & answers) and Periyar Jivan aur Vichar (Periyar: Life and Thought), written by Dr. Ramendra, were released on the occasion.
Sri Jagat Bhushan, senior member of Buddhiwadi Samaj, launched the Buddhiwadi Prashnottari (1/16 demy, 32 pages, price Rs. 10/-).
Periyar: Jivan aur Vichar (1/8 demy, 48 pages, price Rs. 20/-) was launched by Dr. Jitendra Verma, a young member of Buddhiwadi Samaj and a Hindi journalist.
Ms Priya of Buddhiwadi Samaj welcomed the guests, and Dr. Kawaljeet conducted the proceedings. Dr. Karunakara, Prof. Pramod Kumar, Priyadarshi, editor, Janmukti, and Rajniti Prasad, too, addressed the gathering.
Pramod Kumar described Buddhiwad (rationalism) as a “movement”, whereas Rajniti Prasad made a frontal attack on blind faith and irrational religious practices. Priyadarshi recalled his association with Dr. Ramendra from the total revolution days of 1974.
An exhibition of rationalist literature published by Buddhiwadi Samaj/Foundation was also organized on the occasion. In last twenty-five years Buddhiwadi Samaj/Foundation have together published 28 titles, including 19 in Hindi, 8 in English and one in Bhojpuri. English publications include two free e-books, published on the website of the Buddhiwadi Foundation: Some Reflections on Ethics and Rationalism, Humanism and Atheism in Twentieth Century Indian Thought.
All present were very happy to be a part of the event. It also got a modest coverage in the local media of Patna with four Hindi and one English newspaper and a regional TV channel reporting about it. Photographs and videos related to the event were uploaded on the newly created page of the Buddhiwadi Foundation on the Facebook
Dr. (Mrs.) Kawaljeet
President, Buddhiwadi Samaj
1. Priya welcoming the guests
2. Release of Periyar : Jivan aur Vichar http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs758.snc4/65875_180780978605956_180107345339986_689593_5920675_n.jpg
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