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Premanand in Abhirami Hospital, Coimbatore.

Premanand’s health has been failing for quite some time. The metastases from his carcinoma of the stomach had been growing for quite some time Premanandand it was only a matter time before his health was seriously affected. Last week this happened and he had to be hospitalized. All his vital organs have been affected, particularly the liver and kidneys. However, his brain and his ideology are still intact and we wanted the world to know about it and make a declaration on his behalf that it remains so.

dscn1811So, Somu and I went to Podanur on the 20th September and then on to the Abirami hospital where he had been admitted. He was quite drowsy and not responding to queries until I told him that there was a rumour that he has started believing in god and supernatural powers. He opened his eyes and said who says that? And that was the clear indication that however ill he may be, he continues to hold on to his convictions! He said that is nonsense. So, I told him that we should say so to the world and he agreed. The statement reproduced herein was put for his signature. But, his hands were weak and hence we had to take his thumb impression too. The declaration has been witnessed by Dr. Maya Prabhu his sister and Suneera one of his admirers who has been taking care of him.

Our movement is not based on individuals but those who are in the forefront are ever in the public eye and particularly in sights of those who Premanand on his death bed, not converting to religion.want to attack us. They would like to spread rumors that eminent rationalists have changed on their death bed, have gone back to god and spiritualism etc. We do not want to give any occasion for such rumors and hence though it may Premanandsound morbid I had to complete his task. I would like the same to be done to me when I am on my death bed so that all can know that we hold on to our convictions whatever the circumstances may be.

This short report is a bulletin on the health of one of those who have inspired a whole generation and have done significant work to build up the movement. As and when news is received I shall make more such communications.



Declaration of attitude and temperament

I, B. Premanand s/o late Sri Basava Prabhu, 80 years of age resident Chettipalayam Road, Podanur,  sound of mind though suffering from physical complications caused by metastases in many organs caused by carcinoma of the stomach herein solemnly wish to place on record the following:

  1. I have been closely associated with the rationalist movement from 1975 onwards and have been a rationalist of full conviction since then and continue to be so.
  2. It is common for the purveyors of superstitions and such anti rational forces to start spreading rumors about rationalists turning to god and other supernatural forces at the end of their lives and becoming devotees of gods and god men of various types.
  3. It is also claimed that at times of crises that we staunch rationalists through the major part of our lives, turn to spiritualism and religion.
  4. I wish to clarify that as on today the twentieth of September,2009 I remain a staunch rationalist and wish to place on record the following:
  • a. I continue to be a rationalist of full conviction.
  • b. I do not believe in any supernatural power. All the powers that we encounter are in the realm of nature and nothing exists beyond that.
  • c. I do not believe in the existence of the soul or rebirth.
  • d. I have not turned to any religion, god or any sort of spiritual pursuits.
  • e. When I pass away I shall be leaving only my body which is to be donated to a medical college and no spirit or soul to cause problems for the living.

I want to convey to all that the struggle against the exploitation by god men and so called supernatural forces is a long and hard one but the ultimate victory will be ours.
My very survival has been a challenge to astrologers and their so called “science” of astrology, as they had all predicted that I would die soon after birth and refused to cast a horoscope for me.
I wish to convey to my colleagues of the rationalist movement to continue the work that I have been doing with renewed vigor and that will be the best of tributes for me.

Abhirami Hospital

Podanur                                                                                (B. Premanand)

Witnessed by:  Dr. Maya Prabhu and Suneera


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  • My deep gratitude is felt toward this man for his great contribution to the betterment of humankind.

    I also took note of the ingenious forethought to get his signature and thumb print on a final deathbed statement of his consistent rationalist philosophical commitment for all prosperity.

    A true teacher and inspiration to the last of his days.

  • Sad to see him suffer but I am sure he must be content with all the great work he has done educating people. The world is a better place because of brave and honest people like him and thank goodness for that.

  • I admire of Mr Premanand’s works, eversince I read his book on Science vs. Miracle, in my childhood. His works in a country like India, are very remarkable and his contribution to the rationality and reason just overhelms us. He is a source of inspiration and will remain so forever.
    We are always with you, Mr Premanand.

  • The great rationalist living legend has become lived legend to day.What a courage and valour he had at his death bed till the end.The practical humanist’s contributions would remain as a source of inspiration to the next and subsequent generation. Our RESPECTFUL HOMAGE!


  • We had a meeting at his residence at Podanur in January 23rd 2009 and though in a serious condition suffering from carcinoma, he talked to us in a very healthy state of mind and physic. He will not die, but live for ever with the works he had done to fight against the fake godmen.

  • My deep gratitude Felt toword B.Premanand For his great contribution to the eradication of superstition.
    We had a meeting at coimbtur & Vijaywada. He had done fight against socalled godmen.

  • It is a big loss although it was expected since for a long time, news of his illness was coming and that of his negligible survival chances. I was shocked when I received the news of his demise from Narender Nayak Sir. Water filled in eyes. And I immediately started recollecting my memories with him, whatever the few time I spent with him in conferences. His work, zeal and dream to make this society superstitions free are a land mark for everyone; particularly all the activists of the same passage. His bluntness towards alleged godmen is a need of the time. His ways of work are indeed required and we must develop our own large platform and become radical.

    Salute to this true pupil of nature and a trend setter as to how to work; for all godmen busters. Everyone must read about him and concerned literature should reach every home.

  • A fitting end to one who was, and will forever be recognized far and wide for his service to the rational advancement of mankind. Too long have men cowered in fear of these silly gods and the even sillier godmen who make their way by leeching off of the ignorance of their fellow man. I raise a glass to Premanand in praise of a man who used his span in service to mankind. It will never be said, and we will not let it be claimed as has most scurrilously been claimed by faithers for others of his stature, that Premanand lost the strength of his convictions as his hours grew short.

    A thinker, a rationalist, a gadfly to the end!!! As endings go, not too shabby at all. I aspire to similar! Faretheewell Premanand.

  • He really is a true rationalist and the way he portrayed himself in the society and also the way he tried to preach the youngsters, it really proves that he had a reason to live.I just read about him yesterday and after reading his opinions and studying his work, i have become a very big fan of him.Truly, India needs his enlightenment and hopefully people will realize his opinions one day.

  • Subhanallah,

    How effective is the plot of Shaythan that even during the last moments, he works out t plan through someone’s friends and make him/her staunch rejector of The Creator, The almighty. Being rational is different than believing in the Creator, Being rational doesn’t mean that you negate God. I respect Late Shri Basava Premanand jee, but I strongly disagree that there is no God. How could it be then the whole world is created / evolved? pls be thoughtful than ignorant. I respect and revere the works of Shri Basava Premanand jee, but I feel sympathetic for losing the hereafter. May Almighty bless his followers, friends and family with the straight guidance. Aameen.

  • Hail to Mr. B. Premanand for his non-stop honesty and bravery in denouncing and exposing fake gurus. Best hommage to Mr. Premanand would be to make available online the whole PDF collection of his Indian Skeptic magazine.

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