Aruna Roy

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Aruna Roy (born 26 June 1946) is an Indian political and social activist who founded and heads the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana ("Workers and Peasants Strength Union"). She is best known as a prominent leader of the Right to Information movement, which led to the enactment of the Right to Information Act in 2005.Blacked out: government secrecy in the information age, by Alasdair Scott Roberts. Cambridge University Press, 2006. In 2011,she emerged among The Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. ISBN 0521858704. Page 239. She has also remained a member of the National Advisory Council.

In 2000, she received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership.


Aruna served as a civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service between 1968 and 1974. She then resigned to devote her time to social and political campaigns. She joined the Social Work and Research Center (SWRC) in Tilonia, Rajasthan, founded by her husband, Sanjit Roy.Women who dared, by Ritu Menon. Published by National Book Trust, India, 2002. ISBN 8123738560. Page 169-170. BusinessWeek, July 8, 2002. National Resource Center for Women, Govt. of India. In 1983...
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