Science and Rationalists' Association of India

The Science and Rationalists' Association of India (Bengali: Bharatiya Bigyan O Yuktibadi Samiti) is predominantly a rationalist group based in Kolkata, India. It was established on March 1, 1985 by rationalist Prabir Ghosh, which happens to be the international rationalists' day. The association has prominent philosophers like Khushwant Singh and Paul Kurtz as its members, and preaches against irrational blind faith and superstition.

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