Jadav Payeng

1963 - Today

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Jadav "Molai" Payeng (born 31 October 1959) is an environmental activist and forestry worker from Majuli, popularly known as the Forest Man of India. Over the course of several decades, he has planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve. The forest, called Molai forest after him, is located near Kokilamukh of Jorhat, Assam, India and encompasses an area of about 1,360 acres / 550 hectares. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jadav Payeng has received more than 1,296,368 page views. Her biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Jadav Payeng is the 609th most popular social activist (down from 566th in 2019), the 846th most popular biography from India (down from 838th in 2019) and the 49th most popular Indian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Jadav Payeng ranks 609 out of 840Before her are Hadja Saran Daraba Kaba, Nirmala Deshpande, Arthur Scargill, Jared Taylor, Anna Aloys Henga, and Aaron Swartz. After her are Agnès Callamard, Mario Savio, James Larkin, Rachel Corrie, Albertina Sisulu, and Robert Emmet.

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Among people born in 1963, Jadav Payeng ranks 479Before her are Hisham Abbas, Reb Beach, Vadim Perelman, Srđan Dragojević, Milan Luhový, and Vitaliy Zakharchenko. After her are Wendell Pierce, Éric Di Meco, Paweł Kukiz, Erik King, Joanna Going, and Ted Demme.

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In India

Among people born in India, Jadav Payeng ranks 846 out of 1,861Before her are Daulat Singh Kothari (1906), Salmaan Taseer (1944), Varsha Adalja (1940), Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar (1930), Narayan Rao (1755), and Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy (1949). After her are Subhash Ghai (1945), Salil Chowdhury (1925), Bhanu Athaiya (1929), Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (1941), Rajeshwari Chatterjee (1922), and Virat Kohli (1988).


Among social activists born in India, Jadav Payeng ranks 49Before her are Manilal Gandhi (1892), Veerappan (1952), Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (1947), Usha Mehta (1920), Jamnalal Bajaj (1889), and Nirmala Deshpande (1929). After her are Rattanbai Jinnah (1900), Rajmohan Gandhi (1935), Sumaira Abdulali (1961), Aruna Shanbaug case (1948), Stan Swamy (1937), and Gauri Lankesh (1962).