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Rationalist Forum Committee

  • Vasudha Koduru

    Chair
Cultural

Standing

  • Annapurna Kuchi
  • Jitender Aluri
  • Vasudha koduru
  • Srinath Rayala
  • Viplava Nekkalapudi
  • Himaja Bonthu
  • Rashmi Priya Javvaji

Sitting

  • Kurmanadha Chadalawada

It is a welcome development that the centuries-old Rationalist and Humanist strand in Telugu culture has found a formal place in the Convention of one of the most prominent Telugu Cultural Associations.

Rationalism, Humanism and Materialism have been parallel streams of thought alongside the Spiritual and Religious orientations. Even in the distant age, the ancient Rationalists of the land steered society towards greater happiness and freedom by bursting delusions with incisive and critical thinking. The extra-ordinary efforts at social reform in our home land were fired by a Humanist understanding of society and through the tools of thought and action that Rationalism provides.

Starting from the second half of the 1800s, the logical perspective asserted its strong presence in politics, in poetry, in song and dance, and of course in Drama, Cinema and the Mass Media. The greatest of Indians have been Humanists or Rationalists: The Charvakas, Ajita Kesa Kambali, The Buddha, or closer home to Telugu land, Vemana, Gurajada Appa Rao, Gurram Joshua, Avula Sambasiva Rao, Avula Gopala Krishna Murthy, Kaloji Narayana Rao etc. Amongst the builders of modern India are Derozio, Periyar, M.N. Roy, Dr. Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru etc. In the US the big ones in public life like Ted Turner, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennet, Sam Harris, James Randi are members of the galaxy of distinguished Humanists.

We assert our common humanity, and take a compassionate stand for human solidarity and steer ourselves away from imposed identities of gender, caste, religion, ethnicity and nationality. Together we challenge, critique and seek to change the barriers that are holding back the Telugu people from reaching true greatness.

We intend that the Rationalist and Humanist space and identity defined at TANA Convention should reflect this vital, progressive aspect of Telugu culture, and also hold a mirror to a dynamic movement that has deep grass-roots reach.

We welcome all who are thinking of a crucial aspect of Telugu culture: one that associates itself with reason, compassion, and scientific temper. Do join us in the various events that we are going to announce soon.