Sunday Sapiens

our History

The Story  So Far
Sunday Sapiens is a successor of organisations that were active in the social reformation movement in Maharashtra, India. It works towards creating scientific temper and free spirit of enquiry in society, and eradicating superstitions.  Maharashtra Rationalist Association is the predecessor of Mumbai Rationalist Association, which has since paved the way for Sapiens Foundation in order to broadbase its scope into a wide range of activities such as environmentalism, LGBT rights and human rights.  SIN, or Sapiens International Network, has representation from over 15 countries with individual chapters in several continents Maharashtra Rationalist Association is the predecessor of Mumbai Rationalist Association, which has since paved the way for Sapiens Foundation in order to broadbase its scope into a wide range of activities such as environmentalism, LGBT rights and human rights.
Our  Legacy

The Maharashtra Rationalist Association was an offshoot of the broad social and religious reformation movement in Maharashtra which traces its origin to the nineteenth century in the thoughts and actions of Jyotiba Phule and Gopal Ganesh Agarkar. Shahu Maharaj, Jawaharlal Nehru, Ramaswami Naicker, B.R. Ambedkar, M.N. Roy, Goparaju Ramachandra Rao ‘Gora’ and Sahodaran Ayyappan moulded the rationalist mode of thinking in India in the 20th century. Among the first rationalist organisations in India were the Rationalist Association of India which was set up in 1930, and Yukthivadi Sangham which was registered in 1935. The Atheist Centre launched by Mahatma Gandhi’s follower Goparaju Ramachandra Rao “Gora” in Andhra Pradesh in 1940, and the Indian Rationalist Association (IRA) set up in Chennai with R.P. Paranjpye as founding president were among the other important organisations in the Indian rationalist movement. 

Maharashtra Rationalist Association was one of the first rationalist organisations in Maharashtra. It was headed by noted personalities like Justice Raghavendra A. Jahagirdar, a retired judge of the Bombay High Court who passed several landmark judgments. Yahya A. Lokhandwala, who also served as the president of Indian Rationalist Association, and Rajeev Joshi were other prominent leaders of Maharashtra Rationalist Association. Lokhandwala wrote about rationalist activities in India in international publications like American Atheist Magazine.

Maharashtra Rationalist Association was the fulcrum of organised rationalism in the state. It played a pivotal role in mobilising support for irreligion in India well into the 1980s. Activists of Maharashtra Rationalist Association and two other organisations demonstrated on Tuesday, 12 May 1981 against self-styled godman Sathya Sai Baba and against the participation of O.P. Mehra, the Governor of the secular state of Maharashtra, in a religious function at Dharmakshetra, Mumbai.[4] They shouted slogans such as “Sai Baba is a trickster!” The activists were arrested and taken to a police station. The next day, the Governor invited Lokhandwala to his official residence and expressed regret for the arrest and the misbehaviour of his staff. The event received wide publicity in the media and cemented Maharashtra Rationalist Association’s position as a formidable force in the renaissance movement in Maharashtra.

Bombay Rationalist Association (BRA), which worked among the Malayali emigrants in Mumbai, merged into Maharashtra Rationalist Association in 1970s. The Association was very active during the period before the rationalist movement diverged into several organisations like All India Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti and, very recently, Brights Society. Maharashtra Rationalist Association became inactive over time for unspecified reasons.

Maharashtra Rationalist Association was one of the first rationalist organisations in Maharashtra. It was headed by noted personalities like Justice Raghavendra A. Jahagirdar, a retired judge of the Bombay High Court who passed several landmark judgments. Yahya A. Lokhandwala, who also served as the president of Indian Rationalist Association, and Rajeev Joshi were other prominent leaders of Maharashtra Rationalist Association. Lokhandwala wrote about rationalist activities in India in international publications like American Atheist Magazine.

Maharashtra Rationalist Association was the fulcrum of organised rationalism in the state. It played a pivotal role in mobilising support for irreligion in India well into the 1980s. Activists of Maharashtra Rationalist Association and two other organisations demonstrated on Tuesday, 12 May 1981 against self-styled godman Sathya Sai Baba and against the participation of O.P. Mehra, the Governor of the secular state of Maharashtra, in a religious function at Dharmakshetra, Mumbai.[4] They shouted slogans such as “Sai Baba is a trickster!” The activists were arrested and taken to a police station. The next day, the Governor invited Lokhandwala to his official residence and expressed regret for the arrest and the misbehaviour of his staff. The event received wide publicity in the media and cemented Maharashtra Rationalist Association’s position as a formidable force in the renaissance movement in Maharashtra.

Bombay Rationalist Association (BRA), which worked among the Malayali emigrants in Mumbai, merged into Maharashtra Rationalist Association in 1970s. The Association was very active during the period before the rationalist movement diverged into several organisations like All India Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti and, very recently, Brights Society. Maharashtra Rationalist Association became inactive over time for unspecified reasons.

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