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
Politician, Animal Rights Activist
Arvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal
16 August 1968
Anti Corruption Activist, Politician

Kailash SatyarthiKailash Satyarthi
11 January 1954
Child Rights Activist

Kasturba GandhiKasturba Gandhi
11 April 1869
Wife of Mahatama Gandhi

Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh
29 January 1962
Activist, Journalist

Anna HazareAnna Hazare
15 June 1937
 
Baba AmteBaba Amte
26 December 1914
 

Medha PatkarMedha Patkar
01 December 1954
Social Activist

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

Rukmini Devi ArundaleRukmini Devi Arundale
29 February 1904
Bharatnatyam Dancer
Raja Ram Mohan RoyRaja Ram Mohan Roy
22 May 1772
socio-religious reformer

Aruna RoyAruna Roy
26 June 1946
Political and Social Activist
Kiran BediKiran Bedi
09 June 1949
Police officer

Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva
05 November 1952
Philosopher, Physicist, Writer, University teacher

Sunderlal BahugunaSunderlal Bahuguna
09 January 1927
Environmentalist, Political activist
Mahasweta DeviMahasweta Devi
14 January 1926
Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist,

K. Shivaram KaranthK. Shivaram Karanth
10 October 1902
Author, Poet
SugathakumariSugathakumari
03 January 1934
Writer, Human rights activist, Children's writer

Teesta SetalvadTeesta Setalvad
09 February 1962
Author, Journalist

Chandi Prasad BhattChandi Prasad Bhatt
23 June 1934
Social worker
Pradip KrishenPradip Krishen
1949 AD
film director, writer

Syed Ahmed KhanSyed Ahmed Khan
17 October 1817
Philosopher
Sanal EdamarukuSanal Edamaruku
26 May 1955
Journalist, Publisher

Gerald Malcolm DurrellGerald Malcolm Durrell
07 January 1925