1952 - 2004


Koose Munisamy Veerappan Goundar (18 January 1952 – 18 October 2004), more commonly known as simply Veerappan, was an Indian bandit (dacoit) who was active for 36 years, kidnapping major politicians for ransom. He was charged with sandalwood smuggling 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 and was also wanted for poaching more than 500 elephants and smuggling ivory worth US$2,600,000 (₹16 crore) and about 65000 kilograms of sandalwood worth approximately US$22,000,000 (₹143 crore). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Veerappan has received more than 3,420,541 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 379th most popular social activist.

Memorability Metrics

  • 3.4M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 39.45

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 17

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.82

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.33

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Veerappans by language


Among social activists, Veerappan ranks 378 out of 426Before him are Mohamed Bouazizi, Akira Amano, Aed Carabao, William Smith O'Brien, Aminatou Haidar, and Ella Baker. After him are Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, Medha Patkar, Tank Man, Harry Hay, Berta Cáceres, and Dolores Huerta.

Most Popular Social Activists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1952, Veerappan ranks 385Before him are David R. Ellis, Amina Wadud, Augustin Bizimungu, Jerzy Szmajdziński, Philippe Kahn, and Inese Vaidere. After him are Brian George, Seiji Ueda, Ulrich Wehling, Robert Zubrin, James P. Bagian, and Brian Gottfried. Among people deceased in 2004, Veerappan ranks 206Before him are José Luis Cuciuffo, Frances Dee, Bill Pickering, Henry Cockburn, Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, and Jacek Kaczmarski. After him are Fred Ebb, Mikheil Korkia, Mulk Raj Anand, Bernice Rubens, Emlyn Hughes, and Mehmood.

Others Born in 1952

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2004

Go to all Rankings

In India

Among people born in India, Veerappan ranks 527 out of 848Before him are Leslie Claudius (1927), Mehdi Hassan (1927), Lobsang Sangay (1968), S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (null), Amit Shah (null), and Persis Khambatta (1948). After him are K. J. Yesudas (1940), Medha Patkar (1954), Dimple Kapadia (1957), A. R. Rahman (1966), I. I. Chundrigar (null), and Mehboob Khan (1907).


Among social activists born in India, Veerappan ranks 25Before him are Rajendra K. Pachauri (1940), Charu Majumdar (1918), Kamala Nehru (1899), Neerja Bhanot (1963), Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (1947), and Ela Bhatt (1933). After him are Medha Patkar (1954), Irom Chanu Sharmila (1972), and Laxmi Agarwal (1990).

Social Activists Born in India

Go to all Rankings