Sanal Edamaruku is an Indian born author, rationalist and free speech activist, now living in Helsinki, Finland.
Edamaruku describes his programme as “bringing about a social and intellectual climate change by strengthening reason, scientific attitude, pursuit for knowledge, personal confidence and reducing the influence of superstition, irrational fear and blind obedience.”
As a rationalist, skeptic, freethinker, humanist and atheist, he advocates fulness of life by enriching and enjoying civilisation, art and culture - not by faith and prayers.
Before becoming the president of Indian Rationalist Association in 2005, Edamaruku served as it's General Secretary beginning in 1983, and has been the editor of its publication Modern Freethinker. His books and articles deal mainly with rationalistic thoughts and are critical of superstition, especially in India. His writings are translated into many Indian languages and English, French, German, Spanish, Polish, and Finnish.
Sanal Edamaruku is the founder and president of Rationalist International. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (USA) and an Honorary Associate of Rationalist Association of UK.
His campaigns attracted wide international media attention and he was featured by TV channels like Discovery, BBC, Channel IV and CNN, and in the international print media including New York Times, Washington Post, The Independent, The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph,
Time, Newsweek and Asia Week.