At the beginning of the 21st century and the new millennium, everyone is aware of the need to be able to think with an open mind and to lead a rational life. Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) or (Maharashtra Blind faith Eradication Committee) is a voluntary organization working through 200 branches located in rural and urban Maharashtra, Belgaum in Karnataka and Goa. It dose not receive foreign or government funding. It’s a People's movement working solely on support of the people and for the people.
Maharashtra has a long legacy of rationalist social reformers who always took an objective and informed stand against superstition. The constitution of India has stipulated adoption of scientific outlook as one of the responsibilities of every Indian and has included it as a value to be inculcated through education. MANS has resolved to further this rational legacy through purposeful activities and programmes. This work can be characterized as follows:
+To cultivate scientific attitude, scepticism, humanism and critical thinking among the people
+To oppose harmful superstitions, which exploit people.
+To cultivate rationalistic moral values, humanism and create a just society.
+To encourage constructive analysis of religious traditions and customs.
+To agitate against harmful superstitions and rituals and suggest useful alternatives to some.
+To help and work with other social reform organizations.