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The Yukthivadi was the first atheist/ rationalist magazine published in Malayalam.

There is a sub-group of atheists in Kerala who are members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). There are others who support atheism because of rationalist ideals: these include supporters of the Indian Rationalist Association. Some notable atheists from Kerala include V. S. Achuthanandan, A.K. Antony,R.Sugathan, C. Achutha Menon, Kambisseri Karunakaran, Ramu Kariat, Sreeni Pattathanam, Abu Abraham,Panampilly Govinda Menon, Sahodaran Ayyappan, A. K. Gopalan, Mookencheril Cherian Joseph,Vayalar Ramavarma ,G. Devarajan, Joseph Edamaruku, Sanal Edamaruku, Abraham Kovoor, Johnson Eyeroor and Basava Premanand. Sanal Edamaruku the founder-president of Rationalist International and the president of the Indian Rationalist Association is an atheist from Kerala. The Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham is an organization that supports atheism and rationalism in the Malayali community throughout Kerala. The Yukthivadi was the first atheist/rationalist magazine published in Malayalam.The atheists and other non-religious groups such as agnostics only make 1% of the population in Kerala. Atheists may additionally also claim to be secularists or humanists.

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