Science and Rationalists' Association of India
|Founded||1985, Kolkata, India|
Inspired by Sri Lankan rationalists, Dr. Abraham Kovoor, Bengali rationalists established an organisation called 'Bharater Yuktibadi Samity' on March 1, 1985, the international rationalists' day. Two years later, in 1987, it was renamed as 'Bharatiya Bigyan O Yuktibadi Samiti'. Prabir Ghosh, the author of 'Aloukik Noy Loukik' series is the founder secretary and Dr. Dhirendranath Gangopadhyay was the first president of this organisation. Eminent science communicators Amit Chakraborty, Aparajito Basu, Jugalkanti Ray, Shankar Chakraborty and others were also associated during its formation. In 1986, Ghosh published the first book of the 'Aloukik Noy Loukik' series, debunking various superstitious beliefs. It received wide circulation among Bengali readers of both West Bengal and Bangladesh, and the Rationalists' Association gained popularity.
- Ghosh, Prabir. Sanskriti: Samgharsa O Nirman, Kolkata, 1993, p.67, 80.
- Chatterjee, Sabyasachi. The Movement for the Development of Rationalism in West Bengal. IHC:Proceedings, 71st Session, 2010-11 Contemporary History of India, p.1216 - 1217.
- Chatterjee, Sabyasachi. The Movement for the Development of Rationalism in West Bengal. IHC:Proceedings, 71st Session, 2010-11 Contemporary History of India, p.1218.