Basava Premanand, 1929–2009

Narisetti Innaiah

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.

Narisetti Innaiah

Narisetti Innaiah is vice president of the Rationalist Association of India and a national executive member of the Indian Radical Humanist Association. He has published books and articles in English and Telugu on politics, philosophy, skepticism, and humanism. He translated into Telugu major works by humanist philosopher M.N. Roy, Paul Kurtz, and others.


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 …

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