List of Humanists/Rationalists/Social Reformers of India
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
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