(, born 1 December 1954) is an Indian social activist
. She is known for her role in Narmada Bachao Andolan
. along with other members of NAPM
, including Anna Hazare
Medha Patkar was born in Mumbai
to Indu and Vasant Khanolkar, a trade union leader and freedom fighter. She was raised by politically and socially active parents. Her father actively fought in the Indian Independence Movement
. Her mother was a member of Swadar, an organization setup to help and assist women suffering difficult circumstances arising out of financial, educational, and health related problems. Her parents' activism played a role in shaping her philosophical views.
She did her M.A.
in Social Work
from Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Author Jacques Leslie devoted a third of his book, Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), to a portrait of Patkar as she planned to drown herself in rising reservoir waters behind the Sardar Sarovar Dam, whose construction she fought for two decades.
Awards and honors
Medha Patkar is one of the recipients of Right Livelihood Award
for the year 1991. She received the 1999 M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award from Vigil India Movement
. She has also received numerous other awards, including the Deena Nath Mangeshkar Award
, Mahatma Phule Award
, Goldman Environment Prize
, Green Ribbon......