Past-Contributors to Humanism/ Humanist Ideas, from India
Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha, 563BC-483BCE)
Ashoka Maurya (304-232BCE) Became Buddhist-Humanist after the KalingaWar-263BCE
Jayarasi Bhatta (770-830)The author of Tattvopaplavasimha  ('Treatise on Philosophical Errors')
Jyotiba Govindarao Phule (1827-1890), Founder-Sathya Shodhak Samaj
E.V.Ramasamy (Periyar 1879-1973), Founder: Dravidian Self-Respect Movement
Manabendra Nath Roy (MNRoy 1887-1954), Indian Radical Humanist Movement
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), The first Prime Minister and the "Architect of Modern India"
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891-1956), The "chief Architect of the Indian Constitution"
Rahul Sankrityayan (1893-1963), Writer/Philosopher
Bhagat Singh (1907-1937), Indian Freedom Fighter
Mookencheril Cherian Joseph (1887-1981) (Founding Member of Yuktiwadi magazine, Kerala)
Sahodaran Ayyappan (1889-1968) Founder Editor of Yuktiwadi in Kerala-1928)
Narsingh Narain (1897-1972) Founder of Indian Humanist Union
Abraham Kovoor (1898-1978) The famous Guru Buster who exposed many so-called miracles
Goparaju Ramachandra Rao (Gora-1902-1975 Founder-Atheist Center, vijayawada)
Jayaprakash Narayan (Loknayak 1902-1979) (Sarvodaya and Bhoodan campaigner)
Murlidhar Devidas Amte (Baba Amte-1914-2008)
V.M.Tarkunde (1909-2004) (SC-Lawyer & HC-Judge and Human Rights Activist)
A. B. Shah (1920-1981) Founder Indian Secular society, Pune
Ramswaroop Verma (1923-1998 Founder Arjak Sangh)
H. Narasimhaiah (1921-2005) Founder of Bangalore Science Forum
Basava Premanand (1930-2009) The famous Guru Buster who exposed many so-called miracles
Joseph_Edamaruku (1934-2006) [Prolific Writer in Malayalam-See therali.com]
Religious People who practiced Secular and Humanist Ideas, from India
Basavanna (1106-1167) Kannada Saint, Philosopher & Religious Reformer.
Ram Mohan Roy (1774-1833) Founder of Brahma Sabha (origin of Brahmo Samaj) known for his social contributions in abolition of Sati, promotion of modern education and restoration of women's rights.
Narayana Guru (1855-1928) Reformist Saint-Guru from Kerala
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) Leader of Indian Freedom Movement, A Great Humanist in Principles.