Being the regional coordinator of Nirmukta, I was very keen to organize regular programs with people who think in the same lines as of Nirmukta. I used to talk about Nirmukta.com and its Facebook communities whenever I got the chance.
The Trivandrum Chapter of Nirmukta was inaugurated on 20th July 2012 at 5 pm at the Press Club hall, Trivandrum. Former Member of Parliament, Mr. Pannyan Raveendran, who had represented the Trivandrum constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha, did the honours. The keynote address was delivered by Rajya Sabha MP C.P. Narayanan. Mr. Mohammad Khan MA who was later nominated as the General secretary of the chapter welcomed the gathering. He is a familiar face to those who watch Malayalam news channels, where he appears on talk shows and debates and speaks for freethinkers and rationalists. He is familiar with nirmukta.com and he is very much interested in joining us. He introduced Nimukta. Chapter president Mr. Ramesh presided and Nirmukta Kerala coordinator Mr. Prashanth Randadath was the one who thanked the guests and participants.
The inaugural programme was followed by a power point presentation by Mr. C. Ravichandran (Assistant Professor, University College, Trivandrum) on the topic ” The God particle and the origin of universe”. The presentation was followed by an interaction session with the audience for 30 minutes. Far exceeding the expectations of the organizers, around 160-170 people participated the event. We had promoted this event both offline and online. Offline by printing notice and distributing widely at Trivandrum. Online using Facebook Malayali rational groups and several other websites like rationalthoughts.org. 130 persons expressed their willingness in writing to join Nirmukta. Not a single seat was vacant inside the hall which could only accommodate 75. Many participants were standing in and outside the hall. The meeting ended at 8pm. The programmme for the next eight months were also charted out and announced in the meet.
Over all, it was a real “big bang” of a start! Readers may be interested in joining one of the Nirmukta regional Facebook groups, the Kochi Freethinkers. Links to our other Facebook groups can be found here.