Basava Premanand, founder-convener of FIRA
Basava Premanand (17 February 1930 – 4 October 2009) was an Indian skeptic, rationalist and debunker from Kerala, India. He organised many tours around rural India for the promotion of scientific thinking, exposing alleged miracles and scams carried out by various charlatans, godmen, prophets etc and spreading awareness of superstition. Premanand was the founder of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations, the convener of Indian CSICOP and the owner-publisher-editor of the monthly magazine The Indian Skeptic, which scientifically investigates paranormal occurrences in India. He was known as one of the most vocal critics of Satya Sai Baba.