Medha Patkar

1954 - Today

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Medha Patkar (born 1 December 1954) is an Indian social activist working on various crucial political and economic issues raised by tribals, dalits, farmers, labourers and women facing injustice in India. She is an alumnus of TISS, a premier institute of social science research in India.Patkar is the founder member of the 32 years old people's movement called Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) in three states: Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. NBA has been engaged in a struggle for justice for the people affected by the dam projects related to the Sardar Sarovar dam project, especially those whose homes will be submerged, but have not yet been rehabilitated. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Medha Patkar has received more than 899,882 page views. Her biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Medha Patkar is the 450th most popular social activist (down from 379th in 2019), the 667th most popular biography from India (down from 526th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular Indian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Medha Patkar ranks 450 out of 544Before her are Berta Cáceres, Lydia Cacho, Nirmala Deshpande, Rachel Corrie, Shivakumara Swami, and Ernestine Rose. After her are James Larkin, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, Mary McLeod Bethune, Frances Ames, Peter Arnett, and Ingrid Newkirk.

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Among people born in 1954, Medha Patkar ranks 432Before her are David Paterson, Thomas Mavros, Vasily Tsibliyev, Michael Patrick King, Alan Hollinghurst, and João Carlos de Oliveira. After her are Désiré Tsarahazana, Richard Edson, Bruce Abbott, Silvio Micali, Jorge Mendonça, and Adam Ant.

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Among people born in India, Medha Patkar ranks 667 out of 1,227Before her are Kenneth Anderson (1891), Cornelia Sorabji (1866), Shakti Kapoor (1952), Neetu Singh (1958), Shivakumara Swami (1907), and Zohra Sehgal (1912). After her are Usha Mangeshkar (1935), Sunil Gavaskar (1949), R. K. Laxman (1921), Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar (1919), Amit Shah (1964), and Pratibha Ray (1944).


Among social activists born in India, Medha Patkar ranks 32Before her are Neerja Bhanot (1963), Ela Bhatt (1933), Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (1947), Veerappan (1952), Nirmala Deshpande (1929), and Shivakumara Swami (1907). After her are Jadav Payeng (1963), Gauri Lankesh (1962), Irom Chanu Sharmila (1972), Sunitha Krishnan (1972), and Laxmi Agarwal (1990).

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