is an Internet congregation of freethinkers,
rationalists, skeptics, atheists & humanists of mainly Bengali and South
Asian descent who are scattered across the globe. Our mission is to
promote science, rationalism,
secularism, freethinking, human rights, religious tolerance, and
harmony amongst all people in the globe. To that end, Mukto-mona regularly posts
articles, essays, reviews and debates on relevant topics in its
forum. Since its
back in the mid 2001, Mukto-mona has been able to draw the
attention of many like-minded thinkers including many
distinguished authors, scientists, philosophers and human rights
activists from all around the world.
We are against all kinds of social injustices,
religious and oppressive dogmas, doctrines, and discriminations.
We critique everything that hinders people's access to civil
liberty, freedom, democracy and secularism. We take a strong
stand against all kinds of human rights violations such as
oppression of ethnic/religious minority community and gender-based discriminations against women,
homosexuals and others. We have, and still do condemn oppressions
and persecutions against minority Hindu, Quadiyani and other
ethnic communities in Bangladesh; targeted killings of minority
Muslims in Gujarat, India, oppressions of Palestinians and others.
We strongly oppose Iraq War since we don't support illegal and
coercive occupation of an independent and sovereign but militarily weaker country by its stronger
counterpart [Read our
recent interview with Daily star].
Many of our writers and activists include figures that are quite
prominent for their talent, integrity and the firm commitments to
the causes of liberty, democracy, secularism and rationalism.
Examples include--to name a few--late Prof. Humayun Azad (writer,
social thinker and educator; Dhaka), Prof. Sirajul Islam Chowdhury
(writer, social thinker and educator; Dhaka), Prof. Ajoy Roy
(scientist, rationalist, educator, and writer; Dhaka), Dr. Jaffor
Ullah (scientist, writer, and columnist; USA), Prabir Gosh
(rationalist, writer, and investigator of unusual claims;
Calcutta), Dr. Ghulam Murshid (author, researcher, and
journalist of BBC; Calcutta), James Randi (professional magician,
author, lecturer, and renowned investigator of paranormal
phenomenon; USA), Prof. Paul Kurtz (secular humanist, philosopher,
and writer; USA), Prof. Pervez Hoodbhoy (scientist, educator,
columnist; Pakistan), Dr. Mark Perakh, Dr.Victor Stenger
(scientist, philosopher, and author; USA), Dr. Mozammel H.
Khan (Professor and writer) and many more budding
writers and socio-political activists.
Mukto-Mona is politically a non-partisan and
non-profit organization; however, we
strongly endorse the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
adopted by the UN and wish to
work for implementations of the same in Bangladesh and other South