The Freethought Party of India is a Party of Freethinkers and Social Reformers. This party that came into existence on 18−05−2013 (on Bertrand Russell's birthday) is headquartered at Bhubaneswar (Odisha), to be precise, at House No. 121, Dharma Vihar, P.O.: Khandagiri, Via. - Bhubaneswar- 751030, Dist.- Khurda (Odisha). The party is founded on the planks of humanism, socio-economic-political justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity, human dignity, and all other cherishable values enshrined in the Preamble to the Constitution of India.

Other than contesting elections, the activities of Freethought Party of India include: organizing seminars, meetings, workshops, undertaking constructive programmes, and launching campaigns for a corruption-free, riot-free socio-political life in India. The Party invites people devoted to ethics, honesty and integrity, and secular way of life to become its members. It urges upon all upright citizens of India to give a thought to what Plato said many centuries ago: "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."

The Party declares that it will not in any manner, promote or instigate or participate in violence. The Party Constitution, adopted on 18th May, 2013 in General Body Meeting of the Party has come into effect for enabling the office−bearers to discharge their respective constitutional obligations. To know more about the party, see the party agenda. If you are interested to join the party, please email: writetofpi@gmail.com.


Freethought Party of India stands for -

- Removal of poverty, illiteracy, and ill-health and ensuring quality of life to all the citizens

- Eradication of caste, creed, and state patronization of superstitions and inhuman religious practices

- Introduction of Proportional Representation system of election (retaining the present territorial representation) for greater political justice to all voters, and to all political parties: big or small

- Stopping population explosion by universal adoption of One-child Family norm through persuasion till India's population is reduced to a sustainable level (say, 35 crore - that India had at the time of independence) so that adequate heath, education, other infrastructure can be provided to all and nobody will be required to live in slums of any kind

- Separation of religion from politics, law, and education; and adoption of Uniform Civil Code for all the Indians in accordance with Art. 44 of the Constitution of India

- Exogamous dowryless priestless marriage across socio-economic barriers conducted in a simple way; nobody is to marry under any duress

- Quality progressive education to one and all in English medium in India and in the world

- Disarmament, world peace, and world government

- Green environment and sustainable development

- Promotion of gender equality and ending exploitation and discrimination in all forms

Why this Party?

As a political party the Freethought Party of India is sui generis (a type by itself). It is a party of freethinkers, progressive ethical individuals, and fearless humanists of globe-in-mind attitude. Unlike other parties it does not want to contest elections with hidden money or donations received from "unknown donors" and misuse state power to subserve the interests of such donors. In India there is no party which clearly upholds the cause of scientific temper, humanism, and the spread of a casteless, creedless, borderless, and non-exploitative social order. No political party in India campaigns for an election system which will ensure proportionality between seats and votes. No political party ever bothers for disarmament, world peace, and creation of a democratic world government. Hence, the Freethought Party of India has come into existence to play its unique role.

The party was inaugurated by Prof. Dhaneswar Sahoo, President, Odisha Rationalist Society, Bhubaneswar, India.

The office-bearers

President:
Dr. Bijayananda Kar

Vice President:
Mr. Prasanna Kumar Karabar

Vice President:
Mr. Harish Kar

Founder Secretary:
Mr. B Ramachandra CST Voltaire

Joint Secretary:
Mr. Gandharb Nayak

Treasurer:
Ms. Roji Anupama

Message from the Founder

India's democracy has many gaps. We follow an election system which is not fairly representative of all the voters. In the absence of a system of election based on Proportional Representation principle, the votes are not being valued equally. It defeats the basic norm of 'one person, one vote'. Money and muscle power play a decisive role in India's electoral politics. Caste system and religious prejudices too dominate the political scene.

FPI is to strive hard to change the electoral system and to bring 'good minds' to politics. FPI believes in a just society where there is equal opportunity to one and all. It firmly believes in the idea of democracy given by Abraham Lincoln: "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy."

There is no political party today which stands boldly for inter-caste, inter-religious marriage, borderless society, disarmament, world government, uniform quality education, and introduction of Proportional Representation system of election. I am saying so from my own experience of running the social reform organization, called AMOFOI (Anti-caste Marriage & One-child Family Organization of India) since 1980. AMOFOI has been conducting casteless creedless dowryless and priestess marriages now numbering more than 7000. In all these years no political party has dared to stand for the protection of AMOFOI couples from being harassed by caste- and status-minded parents and 'bribed' police officers. AMOFOI has been campaigning for disarmament and reduction of high military budget worldwide. It has been urging upon to seek separation of religion and religious activities (like religious prayers, Madrasa model of education, and idol-worships) from education and educational institutes. It has been campaigning against the current FPTP (first-past-the-post) system of election which results in gross political injustice to all the voters and political parties. I have found no political party enthusiastically working towards the above-mentioned objectives.

I took the initiative with like-minded friends of mine to create a political platform, i.e., the FPI, for ethical freethinkers, progressive-minded people to join hands to take India to the level of a liberal society built on the principles of Democratic Socialism and Scientific Outlook. We derive our inspirations from the humanistic ideology massively reflected in the writings, ideas, and activities of Abraham Lincoln (abolition-er of slavery), Bertrand Russell (Campaigner of disarmament, world government, and author of the book, Why I am not a Christian, 1927), Bijay Das (Lok Sabha MP: successfully pleaded for youth's right to marry without parental permission), BR Ambedkar (author of the book, Annihilation of Caste, 1936; Chief architect of Indian Constitution), Charles Bradlaugh (introducer of an alternative to 'I do swear in the name of God' and campaigner of birth control), Fenner Brockway (anti-war activist and campaigner against colonialism), Giordano Bruno (defied Papal authority: burned alive for cause of science), Gora and Saraswati Gora (social reformers and founders of Atheist Center), Jeremy Bentham (utilitarian philosopher: advocate of separation of church from state), John Locke (dispel-er of divine origin of state, and divine right of kingship), John Galsworthy (writer and upholder of human dignity), JS Mill (exponent of free speech and proportional representation system of election), Jyotirao Phule and Savitribai Phule (Social reformer couple: opposed untouchability and caste system), Mary Wollstonecraft (advocate of women rights and gender equality), Mikhail Gorbachev (promoter of 'openness' and 'restructuring' and introducer of multi-party democracy in erstwhile Soviet Union), Nelson Mandela (ended apartheid-ism and introducer of proportional representation system of election), Peter Kropotkin (Campaigned against despotism and for abolition of serfdom), Raja Ram Mohan Roy (Campaigned against idol worship, sati, and caste-system), Thomas B. Macaulay (replaced Scholastic education with modern quality education in English medium), Thomas Paine (Author of Rights of Man and defended French revolution and American independence), and Voltaire (advocate of free-speech and tolerance: who had said "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."). I appeal to all upright concerned citizens to join FPI for a better, progressive, and equitable India where everyone gets the chance of leading a happy cheerful family life.

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