Neerja Bhanot

1963 - 1986

Neerja Bhanot

Neerja Bhanot, Ashoka Chakra (7 September 1963 – 5 September 1986) was an Indian head purser who died while saving passengers on Pan Am Flight 73 which had been hijacked by terrorists during a stopover in Karachi, Pakistan, on 5 September 1986. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India's highest peacetime gallantry, the Ashok Chakra Award, as well as several other accolades from the government of Pakistan and the United States. She was shot while helping passengers escape through the emergency exits. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Neerja Bhanot has received more than 8,630,374 page views. Her biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 347th most popular social activist.

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Among social activists, Neerja Bhanot ranks 346 out of 426Before her are Sakine Cansız, Wolfe Tone, Lucy Stone, Wu'erkaixi, Claudette Colvin, and Eoin O'Duffy. After her are Hereward the Wake, Otto Warmbier, Afeni Shakur, Nadia Murad, Wang Dan, and Stokely Carmichael.

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Among people born in 1963, Neerja Bhanot ranks 218Before her are Jeff Mills, Hans Gillhaus, Vladimir Mashkov, Ute Lemper, Kevin Smith, and Rick Allen. After her are Dylan Walsh, Jon Brion, Marija Pejčinović Burić, John Powell, Diosdado Cabello, and Phoolan Devi. Among people deceased in 1986, Neerja Bhanot ranks 170Before her are Felipe Rosas, Adolf Brudes, Helen B. Taussig, John D. MacDonald, Emil Jónsson, and Yoshiyuki Tsuruta. After her are Jo Gartner, Hyman G. Rickover, Policarpo Ribeiro de Oliveira, Blanche Sweet, Beryl Markham, and Sonny Terry.

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In India

Among people born in India, Neerja Bhanot ranks 430 out of 848Before her are Preity Zinta (1975), V. S. Ramachandran (1951), George Fernandes (1930), John Shepherd-Barron (1925), Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (1914), and Manoj Bajpayee (1969). After her are Naseeruddin Shah (1949), C. N. R. Rao (1934), Vijay (1974), Anita Desai (1937), Mayawati (1956), and Phoolan Devi (1963).


Among social activists born in India, Neerja Bhanot ranks 22Before her are Jayaprakash Narayan (1902), Udham Singh (1899), M. N. Roy (1887), Rajendra K. Pachauri (1940), Charu Majumdar (1918), and Kamala Nehru (1899). After her are Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (1947), Ela Bhatt (1933), Veerappan (1952), Medha Patkar (1954), Irom Chanu Sharmila (1972), and Laxmi Agarwal (1990).

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