Member organization of IHEYO, The Atheist Centre organized International Conference in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India between 5 and 6th January 2014. The 75 years of Atheist Centre witnessed two of the world renowned atheist social reformers and well-known Gandhians, Gora (1902-1975) & Saraswathi Gora (1912-2006), starting the Atheist Centre in 1940 and paving the way to build atheism as a life stance/way of life and positive atheism as a philosophy. Hundreds of national and international participants were gathered to celebrate the conference.
Atheist Centre has been involved in a plethora of activities reaching out to a large number of people across India and globally. All through its voluntary service, Atheist Centre has been able to undertake multifarious pro-
grammes for the all-round development of the society. It was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi and the Gandhian movement in India. The discourse between Gora & Gandhi was published in a book titled ‘An Atheist with Gandhi’, by the official Gandhian publishers. Both Gora & Saraswathi actively participated in the freedom movement and satyagrahas and were arrested on many occasions in pre & post independent India.
The two-day international conference was a great occasion for atheists, humanists, rationalists, freethinkers, skeptics, social workers, reformers, academicians, human rights activists, peace builders and agents of social change and scientific temper, to discuss on issues that are affecting the society and world at large.