About Us

WATAN has finally got a temporary registration number WB 51991/2017-18. The permanent number will be allocated after the first half-yearly review meeting scheduled at Sep. 2018. Here is a brief intro about WATAN.
WATAN TRUST FOR SCIENTISTS, RATIONALISTS AND ARCHIVISTS is a Public Charitable Trust operating from but not limited to Kolkata, West Bengal. Our main objectives include
1. Promotion of TRUE scientific temper (read Cartesian skepticism) among the people, and especially the school-going kids of the under-privileged part of the society.
2. Assisting the schools and students in Science Education
3. Fighting against superstition and irrational prejudices in all walks of life.
4. Revisiting Art & Culture from the scientific perspective and henceforth demystifying them.
5. Restoring recordings and maintaining both online and offline archives of Music, Film, and Theatrical Arts. (We would also love to include Visual Arts especially Editorial Cartoons in our archives.)
6. Creating and Publishing various educational materials through carefully designed events, workshops, and symposiums in order to disseminate Knowledge.
The initial structure is as follows
1. Settlor/Author: Parthapratim Chakravorty (yours truly)
2. Trustee: Suhanishi Chakravorty
3. Witness A. Monali Bairagi
4. Witness B. Anirban Chakraborty
The Governing Council will include all of the above and we have also invited Gautam Benegal (Mumbai), Atanu Dey (Delhi), and Farah Diba Israfil (Kolkata) to be a part of WATAN, and apparently they agreed (though signing the papers are pending). I am also inviting Susmita Biswas (Kolkata), and Charvak (Silchar, Assam) to join us.
The structure will be reviewed in the Annual General Meeting in February 2019.
WATAN has already some success stories under its belt. However, I’ll write about them in a separate post.
Earlier, before Oct. 2017, the activities were funded by yours truly alone, since 2014, and I am sorry I didn’t maintain detailed accounts of that part of the activities. However, routine liability from the previous projects, as of now, is INR 3700.00 every month, which is still my liability and it does not affect WATAN accounts. For the later fund movements, please visit the Accounts Page here.
However, we are happy that the project is taking shape. And we want your cooperation in future too.
The details will be posted on https://watan.in and WATAN FB page.