Basava Premanand (17 February 1930 – 4 October 2009) was an Indian skeptic, rationalist, and debunker from Kerala, India. Premanand quit school to take part in the Quit India Movement. He organized 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 founded the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations, which tours Indian villages to spread his natural explanations of Gurus and fakirs whom he considered frauds or self-deceived, 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.