Mangalore, July 30, 2011: Many times we rationalist have wanted to help people who are less privileged than us but have found short comings in that most of such charitable activity is carried out by religious institutions and those promoting superstitious practices and beliefs.
So, it was decided to first register one and we have been on the lookout for a very inauspicious day for it. The Ati Amavasya is supposed to be one of the most inauspicious days in this part of India and this falls on the 30th July, that too on a Saturday, which is considered to be very inauspicious day. A new moon on Amavasya falling on a Saturday is a boon for scaremongers and a bonanza for those who perform rituals to ward off the evil effects of such deadly combinations of unlucky events! The registration was done at Rahu Kalam a time of the day which is the most inauspicious- so it was a double rather a triple whammy, a Saturday, new moon day that too in the month of Ati which is considered to be the most unlucky time and at Rahu Kalam! The trust has been named as-the Aid without religion trust with the motto- make AWR not WAR.
The aims and objectives of the trust are to collect funds for helping people and institutions where there are no religious rituals, superstitious practices, unscientific systems of medicine and such supernatural nonsense. We aim to also help individuals and also conduct activities to spread rational thinking among people. The trust has also decided not to accept any donations or aid from institutions following such practices.
We are starting with one trustee and small donation from his personal funds but aim to collect from many of our like minded people and use that for purposes mentioned above. With the most inauspicious time and day for its registration the trust will start its activities with inauguration on another such day at a very bad time to challenge such superstitions among our people.
Mr. Narendra Nayak
President, Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations
101. Noel park, Microwave station road