1952 - 2004

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Koose Munusamy Veerappan(Tamil-வீரப்பன்) (18 January 1952 – 18 October 2004) was an Indian poacher, smuggler, domestic terrorist and bandit who was active for 36 years, and kidnapped major politicians for ransom. He was charged with sandalwood smuggling and poaching of elephants in the scrub lands and forests in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. He was wanted for killing approximately 184 people, about half of whom were police officers and forest officials. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Veerappan has received more than 6,900,663 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Veerappan is the 552nd most popular social activist (down from 476th in 2019), the 711th most popular biography from India (down from 627th in 2019) and the 44th most popular Indian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Veerappan ranks 552 out of 840Before him are Oswaldo Payá, Henry Spira, Stephen Mallory, Roger Stone, Akira Amano, and Octavia Hill. After him are Lida Heymann, Yelizaveta Chaikina, Eoin O'Duffy, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Bill Haywood, and Mamie Till.

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Among people born in 1952, Veerappan ranks 460Before him are Tim Powers, Roger Stone, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Cleopas Dlamini, Tatsuhiko Seta, and Joe Alaskey. After him are James P. Bagian, Rosemarie Trockel, Terry George, Thomas Munkelt, Julie Taymor, and Clarke Peters. Among people deceased in 2004, Veerappan ranks 256Before him are Mikheil Korkia, Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy, Julius Sang, Jiří Weiss, Michael Grant, and David Raksin. After him are Victor Argo, Yordan Radichkov, Fernando Campos, Yasutomi Nishizuka, Lennox Miller, and Bill Nicholson.

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In India

Among people born in India, Veerappan ranks 711 out of 1,861Before him are Govinda (1963), Madhavrao I (1745), Dwarkanath Tagore (1794), Naveen Patnaik (1946), Jasraj (1930), and Anita Desai (1937). After him are Ramdev (1965), Ravindra Prabhat (1969), Danny Denzongpa (1948), M. K. Stalin (1953), Sunil Chhetri (1984), and S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan (1940).


Among social activists born in India, Veerappan ranks 44Before him are Charu Majumdar (1918), Ela Bhatt (1933), Har Dayal (1884), Medha Patkar (1954), Neerja Bhanot (1963), and Manilal Gandhi (1892). After him are Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (1947), Usha Mehta (1920), Jamnalal Bajaj (1889), Nirmala Deshpande (1929), Jadav Payeng (1963), and Rattanbai Jinnah (1900).