|Born||2 December 1933|
|Occupation||Lawyer, social worker|
|Political party||Dravidar Kazhagam, Justice Party|
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.
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. 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.
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
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
|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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