Rationalist leader from Kerala and editor of ‘Yukthi Yugam’ C. Viswanathan will address a seminar on ‘significance of atheism’, being organised by the Atheist Centre, Vijayawada, to mark the 38th death anniversary of atheist leader Gora.

The seminar will commence at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Atheist Centre near Benz Circle.

P. Viswanath, Geetha and Veena from Kerala and Lavanam and Maru from the Atheist Centre will be the resource persons, while former national president of IMA G. Samaram will preside.

Gora (1902 - 1975) was an ardent champion of atheism as a positive way of life and founded the world’s first known Atheist Centre in 1940.

Since its inception, the Atheist Centre was in the forefront of the freedom movement, rationalism and secularism.

Some of his programmes taken up on a large scale for eradication of untouchability and caste system by encouraging community dining and inter-caste marriages attracted the attention of Mahatma Gandhi who invited Gora to the Sevagram ashram.

The contents of the interaction between the two were published in a book called ‘An Atheist with Gandhi’ by the Navajivan, the official publishers of Mahatma Gandhi.