Mar 022015

Social Activists in India

Anna Hazare: His 2011 campaign spawned AAP. As he protests against the Centre’s proposed changes in rules for land acquisition, he wields a lot of influence.

Aruna Roy: Ex-IAS officer, Magsaysay award winner and currently a Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan member, she has been seen as a leader on RTI, MNREGA for decades.

Kailash Satyarthi:
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his work against child labour.

Prabhakar Kelkar:
The chief of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, the farm wing of the RSS, has hit out at the government over the land ordinance.

Sheikh Ghulam Rasool:
Convenor of the J&K RTI movement, his work in the state has kept the establishment on its toes, including during the floods.

Baba Adhav: A doctor and trade unionist of Maharashtra, he has brought together head loaders, rag-pickers, domestic workers and other weaker groups for pro-Dalit social reform.

Jean Dreze: The economist-cum-activist is a key voice in the the Right to Food campaign. He was instrumental in framing MGNREGA.

Medha Patkar: Thanks to her land-centred movements, the Narmada Bachao Andolan founder will remain important this year as the land acquisition law is changed.

Priya Pillai: The Greenpeace campaigner is the face of adversarial civil society. Made headlines when she was offloaded from a plane while on her way to the UK.

Teesta Setalvad: Her standoff with the Gujarat government- and by extension the Centre- over a memorial for 2002 riot victims makes hers a test case on how the govt deals with adversaries.

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