Asian Rationist Society Britain. Registered Charity:1087925 All Rights Reserved.
“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things”.
Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650)
The Asian Rationalist Society Britain (ARSB) was founded in 1997 by a group of immigrants from the Indian sub-continent with the main aim of raising awareness of rationalist ideas and promoting universal humanist values amongst Asian communities in the UK. Our highly successful programme of events in 2009 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the orgin of Species’ is indicative of our commitment to celebrate the loves of great scientists, thinkers and philosophers whose rationalist thinking has shaped our world.
The majority of immigration from the Indian sub-continent took place in the later half of the 20th century. As the immigrant communities became settled and established, hoards of ‘God’-men, babas, tantrics, and fortune tellers mushroomed within Asian communities. These charlatans and scamsters claim to possess paranormal powers and ability to perform divine miracles. They exploit ordinary people by offering them cures to incurable diseases, fulfillment of all desires and promises of great riches in this life and beyond.
The Asian Rationalist Society exposes these fraudsters for what they really are, and challenges their paranormal powers and pseudo-scientific nonsense. The ARSB helps people in Asian communities to defend themselves from these fraudsters.
The ARSB is also at the forefront of campaigns to raise awareness of physical and mental health issues among Asian communities, many of which are hidden or rarely discussed due to social stigma and various taboos attached to them. Thus tackling issues such as depression, organ and blood donation, adoption and others, which are the object of much misunderstanding and superstition, continue to be the focus of our work.
The Asian Rationalist Society is a Charity, run by a group of dedicated volunteers.