Indian activists have for many years, fought for the rights of the common man. In a country where discrimination based on class, caste and creed are rampant, the pain and suffering of the masses often go unnoticed. It is then that people like Medha Patkar, Arundhati Roy, Sunderlal Bahuguna, Maneka Gandhi and Anna Hazare, amongst others, take heed, and make it their responsibility to spread awareness, protest and seek help as and when needed. It does not matter if these famous Indian activists resort to active protest or litigation or even mere public appeal, what makes the difference is that they have the courage to stand up for others against corruption. These activists battle it out with the wrong-doers for a plethora of causes, from women’s rights to environmental issues to cruelty against animals. Often disliked by the authorities as well as the ones at fault, these activists have become famous and popular amidst victims of injustice, for the empathy they show. Here you will find a collection of biographies of some of the most well-known Indian activists. Read on and find out all about their life stories, timelines and also some interesting facts & trivia pertaining to their lives.

Maneka GandhiManeka Gandhi

26 August 1956

Arvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal

16 August 1968

Kasturba GandhiKasturba Gandhi

11 April 1869

Kailash SatyarthiKailash Satyarthi

11 January 1954

Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh

29 January 1962

Anna HazareAnna Hazare

15 June 1937

Baba AmteBaba Amte

26 December 1914

Mahadev Govind RanadeMahadev Govind Ranade

18 January 1842

Medha PatkarMedha Patkar

01 December 1954

Rukmini Devi ArundaleRukmini Devi Arundale

29 February 1904

Aruna RoyAruna Roy

26 June 1946

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Kiran BediKiran Bedi

09 June 1949

Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva

05 November 1952

Sunderlal BahugunaSunderlal Bahuguna

09 January 1927

Mahasweta DeviMahasweta Devi

14 January 1926

K. Shivaram KaranthK. Shivaram Karanth

10 October 1902

Teesta SetalvadTeesta Setalvad

09 February 1962

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03 January 1934

Pradip KrishenPradip Krishen

1949 AD

Chandi Prasad BhattChandi Prasad Bhatt

23 June 1934

Syed Ahmed KhanSyed Ahmed Khan

17 October 1817

Sanal EdamarukuSanal Edamaruku

26 May 1955

Gerald Malcolm DurrellGerald Malcolm Durrell

07 January 1925