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Ms. Aruna Roy

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An alumnus of the 1962 batch of Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya, Ms. Aruna Roy is an Indian political and social activist who founded the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) ("Workers and Peasants Strength Union") . Roy is known for her clear and vocal stand on the question of right to dissent and known for her work for the vulnerable sections of society, she was also a member of the National Advisory Council. She is the president of National Federation of Indian Women.

While with the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Aruna Roy was awarded the Times Fellowship Award for 1991 for her work for rural workers’ rights to social justice and creative development. In 2000, she received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership. In 2010 she received the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academia and Management.

In 2011, she was named as one of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine. In September 2017 the Times of India listed Roy as one of the 11 Human Rights Activists whose life mission is to provide others with a dignified life.


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