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.

Nathuram GodseNathuram Godse
19 May 1910
Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi
Arvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal
16 August 1968
Anti Corruption Activist, Politician

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883
Independence Activist, Reformer

Maneka GandhiManeka Gandhi
26 August 1956
Politician, Animal Rights Activist

Kasturba GandhiKasturba Gandhi
11 April 1869
Wife of Mahatama Gandhi

Kailash SatyarthiKailash Satyarthi
11 January 1954
Child Rights Activist
Anna HazareAnna Hazare
15 June 1937

Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh
29 January 1962
Activist, Journalist

Nana SahebNana Saheb
19 May 1824
Peshwa of the Maratha Empire
Medha PatkarMedha Patkar
01 December 1954
Social Activist

Baba AmteBaba Amte
26 December 1914
Mahadevi VarmaMahadevi Varma
26 March 1907

Mahadev Govind RanadeMahadev Govind Ranade
18 January 1842
Judge, Social Reformer

Rukmini Devi ArundaleRukmini Devi Arundale
29 February 1904
Bharatnatyam Dancer

Aruna RoyAruna Roy
26 June 1946
Political and Social Activist

Raja Ram Mohan RoyRaja Ram Mohan Roy
22 May 1772
socio-religious reformer
Javed JaffreyJaved Jaffrey
04 December 1963

Manisha KoiralaManisha Koirala
16 August 1970

Jaya PradaJaya Prada
03 April 1962

Amala AkkineniAmala Akkineni
12 September 1967
Tina AmbaniTina Ambani
11 February 1957

Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal
21 September 1965
Anant NagAnant Nag
04 September 1948

02 July 1968

Kiran BediKiran Bedi
09 June 1949
Police officer
Rahul BoseRahul Bose
27 July 1967

Gul PanagGul Panag
03 January 1979
Poonam DhillonPoonam Dhillon
18 April 1962

Debashree RoyDebashree Roy
13 June 1961

Nandita DasNandita Das
07 November 1969
Nandana SenNandana Sen
19 August 1967

Continue Reading Below
Charan SinghCharan Singh
23 December 1902
Prime Minister of India
Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva
05 November 1952
Philosopher, Physicist, Writer, University teacher

03 January 1934
Writer, Human rights activist, Children's writer

Ram Manohar LohiaRam Manohar Lohia
23 March 1910

Surendranath BanerjeeSurendranath Banerjee
10 November 1848
Biju PatnaikBiju Patnaik
05 March 1916
Bipin Chandra PalBipin Chandra Pal
07 November 1858

Mahasweta DeviMahasweta Devi
14 January 1926
Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist,

Sunderlal BahugunaSunderlal Bahuguna
09 January 1927
Environmentalist, Political activist

22 November 1892
Political Activist
K. Shivaram KaranthK. Shivaram Karanth
10 October 1902
Author, Poet

Teesta SetalvadTeesta Setalvad
09 February 1962
Author, Journalist

Chandi Prasad BhattChandi Prasad Bhatt
23 June 1934
Social worker

Ela BhattEla Bhatt
07 September 1933

Pradip KrishenPradip Krishen
1949 AD
film director, writer
Sanal EdamarukuSanal Edamaruku
26 May 1955
Journalist, Publisher

V. S. Srinivasa SastriV. S. Srinivasa Sastri
22 September 1869
Tara SinghTara Singh
24 June 1885
Sikh leader

Anil Kumar AgarwalAnil Kumar Agarwal
23 November 1947