List of Humanists/Rationalists/Social Reformers of India

Past-Contributors Present Activists Popular Personalities Humanists though Religious


1. The list is not exhaustive. We shall update as we collect more and more information about the other contributors to Humanist Cause. Readers' suggestions are welcome to enhance the List.

2. In the strict sense, Humanists do not associate themselves with any religious denomination and some of the persons mentioned here may not have discarded their religious affiliations. However, their names are included here for the great contribution they have made for the development of the society and thus taken the few steps necessary for the march towards a Humanist Society


Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha, 563BC-483BC)

Ashoka Maurya (304-232BCE) Became Buddhist-Humanist after the KalingaWar-263BCE

Jayarasi Bhatta (770-830)The author of Tattvopaplavasimha [2] ('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]