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Babu Gogineni was appointed Executive Director of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) in 1997. As the headquarters moved from Utrecht in the Netherlands to London in the UK, Gogineni oversaw a period of growth and change for the organization, taking the IHEU into the new millennium with a renewed internationalist focus.

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Babu addresses World Humanist Congress in Oxford, 2014

During these years, the IHEU gained Special Consultative status at the UN, developed an evolving, consolidated appreciation of Humanism based on a core “Minimum Statement” incorporated into IHEU’s bylaws, and accelerated the growth and development of the IHEU outside Europe, bringing onboard many new Member Organizations.

He later returned to his home country of India, retained by IHEU with the new title of International Director with a focus on India and the Southern Asia region. A recurring focus of Gogineni’s campaigns work with IHEU — a cause which IHEU has enthusiastically championed as an issue of fundamental human rights and dignity — was combating caste discrimination, a social menace enforced by tradition, religion and superstition. In 2009 Gogineni oversaw under the auspices of IHEU the first “World Conference on Untouchability” in London.

With IHEU, Gogineni has fought superstition, campaigned on the value of secularism in India, led IHEU’s contribution to the campaign for exiled Bangladeshi humanist Taslima Nasreen, and endeavored to promote the IHEU and advance our campaigns in mainstream media.

Recently, in a personal capacity, Gogineni has been fronting the Telugu-language TV program, The Big Question, on science and society from a humanist perspective.

IHEU president Sonja Eggerickx said:

“For IHEU’s fiftieth anniversary in 2002, Babu wrote, ‘We need a renewal and a rejuvenation. For that, we need to identify the most pressing problems of the world—and as groups of concerned individuals , we need to apply Humanism’s liberating principles to the solution of these problems or to set the direction for new changes.’ Certainly this ongoing process is what we have been engaged in collectively. Babu leaves his post in India at a time when the country is very well-represented in our global community, with no less than twelve IHEU Member Organizations on the sub-continent.

“Meanwhile, the IHEU Executive Committee has been reconfiguring our work, staff and representatives, and through the head office in London we have continued to grow our membership, World Humanist Congress in 2014 was the biggest and most diverse ever, there are new campaigns, new publications, and a renewed representation at the United Nations. The challenge is not to rest on our laurels, to see renewal as a constant process, and this is one of the greatest lessons which Babu has impressed on our global union through his inventiveness and his personal dynamism.

“His positive energy and personality have been big presences in IHEU events for many years. We wish him all the best in his endeavors, which I’m sure will continue in new, imaginative and productive guises.”

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12 Responses to End of an era: Babu Gogineni steps down as IHEU Director

  1. indradyumna.k says:

    very few people like babu gogineni can change and uproot the the feudal structures to bring forth the new cosmic era of 21st century.
    i wish him good luck and continue the mission.

  2. Behara Satya says:

    He is the inspiration to so many young generation at present in India on Humanism not religion ism.
    Proud to hear such inspiring videos on Telugu news channels and his debates.

  3. Y. Dassu says:

    A good man. If we have a 500 like him in India or Pakistan, things can turn for the better. Such organisations should be supported.

  4. Ganesh Gupta Sinisetty says:

    Being a rational humanist, I personally feel that people like babu are very essential to change countries sinking in the ocean of superstitions and blind beliefs. This ratio is more in Asia and much more in South Asia and middle east. He is a pioneer for atiests, rationalists, skeptics and humanists of the modern era.

  5. M.S.Reddy says:

    A complete human being. Rare personality. Highly matured. Walking encyclopedia.

  6. Ramaiah says:

    He is an asset to our society and to our country

  7. Neeharika says:

    Hello Sir I am a big fan of you and your thoughts..I follow all your programs on TV.Just now I am reading about you and your skills.Most of the people are still in superstitious world.I am pregnant now and on the day of Lunar eclipse all the people around me were supporting all the swamijis and they made me to sleep during the period of Lunar eclipse.They didnt give me any food from 2:30pm to 9:30pm..Atlast I shouted at them and cried because of hunger and head ache.Also I scolded them for following such superstitious things which dont have any reason or value.I always explain them the Scientific reason behind an action performed,but they are not in a position to listen to me.Thry always say that I dont believe in GOD and I argue with them.I dont know when they will understand my way of thinking.Hats off to You Sir..

    • Nag Vajrala says:

      Hello Neeharika Garu,
      Thank you for raising the matter. I hope you are in good health and Pregnancy and or your child is going really well.
      I think our society needs people like yourself to step-up and voice your situation. this will help to educate the rest of teh community.
      See its not their fault to keep youhungry and sick for so long. Its just their lack of understanding of teh science behind all these and traditional brainwashing.
      Please get on Facebook and friend request Babu Gogineni Facebook group and request for joining the group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BabuGogineni
      Hope to see you in the group, you could raise your point there and help to educate the other people. Thank you.

  8. Chiranjeevi J says:

    Sir what you are doing is absolutely right,truthful and healthier to the present society we are with you sir we want to get rid of this superstitious beliefs which are rooted deeply to our society has to be cleansed with effective knowledge on science and technology with their fruitful developments.thank you sir.

  9. CHES says:

    science has grown. people know their responsibilities. after all we live and let live. of course you can give counselling if a person needs it. there is no point in spending time like a politician .

  10. bhaskar says:

    science is the first or things are first – where is this science came – still many more things this science can’t explain. this science can’t warn before the earthquakes etc., like that many more things are their this science can’t solve. Science is a part of life. Life is not a part of science.

  11. Suresh J says:

    I am inspired by this great human being. I am happier because he belongs to our Telugu community. I follow all of his interviews and speeches. Now he is in India and making differences.

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