Raj Gauthaman independent scholar and public intellectual
(b. 1950, Virudhnagar) is a leading Tamil intellectual who was part of a core group of mainly dalit writers and thinkers in the 1990s who were behind the influential little magazine, Nirapiriga
i. He has authored twenty research works that analyse the development of Tamil culture from ancient to modern periods with a focus on subaltern dalit perspectives. He retired as Head of the Tamil Department at the Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Puducherry.