K. Veeramani

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Krishnasamy Veeramani was born on 2 December 1933 in Cuddalore,[1]

K. Veeramani
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K. Veeramani
Born (1933-12-02) 2 December 1933 (age 86)[1]
EducationM.A., B.L.,[1]
OccupationLawyer, social worker
Political partyDravidar Kazhagam, Justice Party
Websitehttp://www.periyar.org/ http://kveeramani.com/


Veeramani was born in a middle-class family in Cuddalore, South Arcot District, Tamil Nadu, his original name was Sarangapani. He had his primary education at Cuddalore and entered Annamalai University for higher education. He obtained his master's degree in economics in 1956 with a Gold medal for being the top scorer in his class. He received his Bachelor of Law degree from Madras University in 1960.[citation needed]

Public life

K.Veeramani came into limelight when as a boy of just 10 he was allowed address the gathering in the Justice Party Salem conference in 1944. He was introduced as activist by Annadurai.[2] Apart from one year in which he practiced as a lawyer in Cuddalore, his career has been as a social worker. He began working with Periyar in 1956, and assisted Periyar in editing Viduthalai, the rationalist daily of Dravidar Kazhagam. In 1962 he was made the Executive Editor of Viduthalai and since 1978 has been the Editor. On 16 March 1978, Maniyammai died. The Managing Committee of the Dravidar Kazhagam elected K. Veeramani as General Secretary of the Dravidar Kazhagam on 17 March 1978. He was active in the social campaigns and agitations launched by Periyar for support of "socially discriminated people", and was incarcerated forty times for his activities. He was jailed under MISA for a year in 1976 for opposing the Emergency. He was again jailed in 1978 for showing Black flags against Indira Gandhi for imposing Emergency while in power. His father C. S. Krishnasamy died while he was in jail.[3]


Alagappa University conferred the Doctor of Law on him (Honoris Causa) on 4 April 2003. Periyar International Inc., (USA) gives an annual award for outstanding contributions to Social Justice, which is named his honor. Mr. V. P. Singh, former Prime Minister of India, was the first recipient of the award. K.Veeramani is an Honorary Associate of Rationalist International.

Lifetime Achievement Award[4]

In recognition and praise of Dravidar Kazhagam President Asiriyar K.Veeramani's humanist services, the American Humanist Association conferred the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2019 in the International Conference held on 21 and 22 September 2019.

American Humanist Association, a group of self less, service - oriented humanitarians, has been promoting the cause of humanism for the past 75 years striving tirelessly for social justice and welfare of the people.

List of K. Veeramani Awardees for Social Justice

Year Awardee Notes
1996 Vishwanath Pratap Singh Former Prime Minister of India
1997 Sitaram Kesari Former President, Congress Party of India
1998 Chandarajit Yadav Former Union Minister, India
2000 Mayawati Former Chief Minister, Uttarpradesh, India
2002 ST Moorthy Senior Periyarist, Singapore
2003 G. K. Moopanar Former President, Tamil Nadu Congress Party, India
2005 B.S.A. Swamy Former Judge, Andra High Court, Hyderabad
2006 Veera Munusamy Yangoon, Myanmar
2008 Karunanidhi Former Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, India
2009 Ravivarma Kumar Advocate General, Karnataka, India
2010 Chellaperumal Social Worker, Kuwait
2011 G. Karunanithi General Secretary, All-India OBC Organization
2011 Kalaiselvam President, Periyar Community Service, Singapore
2012 V. Hanumantha Rao M.P. Convenor, OBC MPs Forum
2013 Chhagan C. Bhujbal Former PWD Minister, Maharastra, India
2014 Prof. Dhaneswar Sahoo President, Odisha Rationalist Society, Bhubaneshwar, India
2015 Nitish Kumar Chief Minister, Bihar since February 2015, Bihar, India
2016 Michael Selvanayagam The Deputy Mayor, elected Councillor, Croydon, London

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Periyar Life
  3. ^ "Profile of Veeramani". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ https://americanhumanist.org/

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