Ram Puniyani

Ram Puniyani (born 25 August 1945) is a former professor of biomedical engineering and former senior medical officer affiliated with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He began his medical career in 1973 and served IIT in various capacities for 27 years, beginning 1977. He is involved with human rights activities and initiatives to oppose something which some see as “the rising tide of fundamentalism in India”.

Activism

He is associated with various secular initiatives and has been part of various investigation reports on violation of human rights of minorities. He has also served as part of an Indian People’s Tribunal that investigated the violation of rights of minorities in the states of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.

He regularly conducts seminars and workshops on topics related to the threat of communal politics, human rights, values of secularism, the Uniform Civil Code debate, the partition tragedy, Kashmir Imbroglio and others. He is known for his articles and essays which regularly appear in Indian magazines and newspapers. He also runs a fortnightly e-bulletin Issues in Secular Politics.

Early in June 2019, he claimed that he received threatening phone calls from unknown persons who demanded that he stop his “anti-Hindu” activities. Puniyani filed a report with the Mumbai Police.

Awards

  • Maharashtra Foundation (US) award for Social awareness about threat of Communal Politics 2002
  • Machio Memorial Foundation Humanitarian Award 2005
  • National Communal Harmony Award 2007
  • NCHRO’s Mukundan C.Menon award 2015

Works

  • Clinical Hemorheology: New Horizons(New Age International, 1996)
  • Applied Clinical Hemorheology(with Hideyuki Nimi, Quest Publications, 1998)
  • The Other Cheek: Minorities under Threat(Media House, 2000)
  • Second Assassination of Gandhi(University of Leicester, 2002)
  • Communalism: What is False: What is True(with Khalid Azam, Bombay Sarvoda Friendship Center, 2002)
  • Communal Politics: Facts Versus Myths(2003)
  • Communalism: Illustrated Primer(Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust and J&P Publications, 2004)
  • Hindu Extreme Right-Wing Groups : Ideology and Consequences(Media House, 2004)
  • Fascism of Sangh Parivar(Media House, 2004)
  • Religion, Power and Violence: Expression Of Politics In Contemporary Times, (SAGE, 2005)
  • Contours of Hindu Rashtra: Hindutva, Sangh Parivar And Contemporary Politics(Kalpaz, 2006)
  • Indian Democracy, Pluralism and Minorities(Global Media, 2006)
  • The Politics behind Anti-Christian Violence(compilation of investigation committee reports, Media House, 2006)
  • Terrorism: Facts versus Myths(Pharos Media, 2007)
  • Fundamentalism: Threat to Secular Democracy(eBook, IdeaIndia.com, 2007)
  • Contemporary India: Overcoming Sectarianism: Terrorism(Hope India, 2008)
  • Communalism: India’s Nemesis?(eBook, IdeaIndia.com, 2009)
  • Dalit and Social Justice(Mythri Books, 2009)
  • Mumbai” Post 26/11 – An Alternative Perspective(with Shabnam Hashmi, SAGE, 2010)
  • Deconstructing Communalism in India: Striving for Harmony(All India Secular Forum, 2010)
  • Samajik Nyaya Ek Sachitra Parichay(in Hindi, Vani Prakashan, 2010)
  • Communal Threat to Secular Democracy(Kalpaz, 2010)
  • Malegaon to Ajmer: The Trail of Terror(edited, All-India Secular Forum, 2010)
  • Communalism Explained! A Graphic Account(with Sharad Sharma, Vani Prakashan, 2011)
  • Making Sense of Ayodhya Verdict(co-edited with Asghar Ali Engineer, Vitasta Publishing, 2011)
  • God Politics(Vitasta Pub, 2012)
  • Sectarianism, Politics and Development(with Uday Mehta, Rawat, 2012)
  • Muslims in Indian Democracy(Kalpaz, 2013)
  • Quest for Social Justice: An Illustrated Primer(Arth Prakashan, 2013)
  • Tribute Volume For Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Striving For Peace And Harmony(Bhashya Prakashan 2014)
  • Caste and Communalism(Mythri Books 2011)
  • Communalism & Anti Christian Violence(Mythri Books 2011)
  • Osama, America and Terrorism(Mythri Books 2012)
  • Religion and Politics(Mythri Books 2009)
  • Making of a Nation(Mythri Books 2012)
  • Saampradaayiktaa (2011)
  • Aatankvaad Explained- A Graphics Account(Arth Prakashan 2013)
  • Manthaveri(Uyirmmai Pathippagam 2009)