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Medha Patkar

Medha Patkar is a known Indian social activist who has played a key role in the Narmada Bachao Andolan. She has filed a PIL against Lavasa and other members of NAPM in the Bombay High Court. Medha was born in a Kudaldeshkar family and her parents are Indu and Vasant Khanolkar. Vasant is a noted trade union leader and a freedom fighter. He also fought in Indian independence movement.
 
Medha’s parents had a strong influence on her upbringing and shaped her philosophical views. Medha is known for her extreme views on liberalization and growth of country. Coming to her education, Medha has done her MA in Social Work from the famous Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Most of her education has been done in Mumbai and she has been an independent woman.
 
Though she got married to one Patkar she got divorced in a while. She was a key protestor against the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam for two long decades and at one point she threatened to drown herself in those reservoir waters. A noted author Jacques Leslie wrote a book titled Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams and he had dedicated a third of his book on Medha’s portrait.
 
Medha also received the prestigious Right Livelihood Award in the year 1991. Later, in 1999, she received the MA Thomas National Human Rights Award from the Vigil India Movement. Notable among other honours are Mahatma Phule Award, Goldman Environment Prize, Green Ribbon Award, Deena Nath Mangeshkar Award, Human Rights Defender’s Award and many others. 

Medha Patkar
Name: Medha Patkar
DOB: December 1st, 1954
December 1st, 1954: Indian
Profession: Social Activist
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