Ram Puniyani is a former professor of biomedical engineering and former senior medical officer affiliated with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. In 1973 he 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". 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.