Honorary Associates of Rationalist International
Dr. K Veeramani (India)
Dr. K.Veeramani is president of the rationalist organisation Dravidar Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu, India and the leader of the Dravidian Self-Respect Movement, founded by Periyar E V Ramasamy. Born 1933, he joined the movement as a very young boy and was in the age of ten already an enthusiastic speaker for rationalism and social change. The legendary Periyar took care of his education and groomed him as his successor. Veeramani was for many years the editor of the rationalist Tamil daily Viduthalai and several other publications of the movement. He made his mark as a powerful orator, scholarly author and tireless defender of human rights, gender equality and social justice. In 2003, he received an honorary degree of Literature from Alagappa University for his outstanding contributions for Social Justice and Womens rights. Veeramani is head of more than 45 institutions run by Periyar Trusts, including schools, engineering and other professional colleges, hospitals and publications. Many of them are exclusively dedicated to education and upliftment of girls and women.