Social Activists of India

Social activists are inevitable in a society for it is for the society that the social reformers emerge. The social activists indulge in activities concerning the society : its positive developments and its negative vibes as well. 

Trying to make a change where they think is necessary is their primary duty and making that effort a successful on with the help and support of the people is the ultimate destination. Social Activists play a major role in bringing changes in the society for making it a better place to live and survive. 

India has got a number of active members who involved themselves in the social acts to bring out their views and thoughts before the people and give the society a better way to follow.

People like Mother Teresa, BR Ambedkar, Vinoba Bhave, Annie Besant, Irom Sharmila, Aruna Roy, Medha Patkar, among others are some of them who took their own stand in the society to eradicate the bad and bring in the better. Know more about social activists of India

Mother Teresa: Born on 26th August, 1910 as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, she was the founder of the Missionaries of Charity.  Read More

B. R. Ambedkar: Born on 14th April, 1891 in the military cantonment of Mhow to Ramji Maloji Sakpal and Bhimabai, in Maharashtra, as Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, he grew up to be called as Baba Saheb. Read More

Irom Sharmila: Irom Sharmila is a civil rights activist, political activist and poet from Manipur. She was on a hunger strike from November 2, 2000 to 26 July 2016 for the demand of repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. Read More

Jamnalal Bajaj: Born on 4th November, 1884, Jamnalal Bajaj is a follower of Gandhi principles who is a successful industrialist as well as Indian Independence fighter. The Bajaj Group of companies, which is a huge organization of India was founded by him and has been expanding since its inception and now has a total of 24 companies. Read More

Medha Patkar: Born on 1 December, 1954 in Mumbai, Maharashtra to Indu and Vasant Khanolkar, a trade union leader and freedom fighter, Medha Patkar is a name famous for her exclusive role in the Narmada Bachao Andolan. She is a very strong Indian Social Activist playing important roles in many of Indian social issues. Read More

Aruna Roy: Born on 26th June, 1946, Aruna Roy is one of the prominent characters of India who stood up for social strengthening and activities benefiting the needy and the poor. 
She is the brain behind the  Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana(Workers and Peasants strength Union) and also she heads this union. Alongside, she is also the member of National Advisory Council. 

Baba Amte: Born as Murlidhar Devidas Amte, to Devidas and Laxmibai Amte in Hinganghat, Maharashtra, Murlidhar acquired the nickname Baba in early childhood.  

He is particularly known for his dedication towards rehabilitation and empowerment of lepers below the poverty line. He is considered to be the rare person from non-medical background who has received the maximum medicine related awards. Read More

Chandraprabha Saikiani: Chandraprabha Saikiani was an Assamese activist and a reformer. She is a renowned feminist who stood up for the cause of welfare and development of livelihood of women. Chandraprabha Saikiani stood up for the equality of all sections of the people. 

Her efforts lead t the opening of the doors of the Hajo Hagriva Madhav temple to all people irrespective of caste and creed. Read More

Rajkumari Amrit Kaur: Born on 2 February, 1889 Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, was woman of valor and pride who not only fought for India's Independence but also actively participated in a lot of social activities. 

An eminent Gandhian during her times, she was also the health minister in the Indian cabinet for a span of 10 years after India's independence. Read More

Dr. Verghese Kurien: Born on 26th November, 1921, Verghese Kurien is best known as the Father of the White Revolution’.  The operation that made India world largest Milk producer was carried out by none other than Verghese Kurien. 

Operation Flood, which was a huge agricultural development programme boosted not only the countrys economy but also made Kurien a living legend through social activities. Read More

Vinoba Bhave: Born on 11 September, 1895, Vinoba Bhave is considered to be the National Teacher of India. He was an active member during the Bhoodan movement and also spiritually considered a successor of Mohandas Gandhi. Read More

Anna Hazare- His contribution to the development of Ralegan Siddhi earned him the Padma Bhushan in 1992. He is also known for his fight against corruption; he went on a hunger strike in 2011 to exert pressure on the government to enact an anti-corruption law.

Other popular social activists in present time are 

  • Satyarthi works for children's rights and education
  • Medha Patkar-  crucial issues like political/economic issues of farmers, laborers, tribals, Dalits, and women facing injustice.
  • Sunitha Krishnan- fight against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Laxmi Agarwal-social activist in the country who campaigns against acid attacks.
  • Kriti Bharti, a child marriage activist in India

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