Basava Premanand, humanist, rationalist, and skeptic, died in September in Podanur, India, at the age of eighty. He was the founding president of the Federation of Rationalist, Humanist, and Atheist Associations of India and edited the monthly Indian Skeptic. Premanand dedicated his life to exposing fraudulent cult gurus, divine babas, and holy mathas in India and trained many to think critically and rationally about supernatural claims. He also endeavored to educate the general public about science and hosted the science museum of Dr. P.M. Bhargava in his own building at Podanur in Tamil Nadu state.
Premanand taught others about using magic to illustrate scientific principles and was praised by the famous magician and skeptic James Randi for his efforts. His books include Murders in Satya Sai Ashram and Science and Miracles.