Aruna Roy

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Aruna Roy
Aruna Roy at RTI Activist's National Convention 12-13 May, 2007, Pune.jpg
Roy at the RTI Activist's National Convention in May of 2007
Born (1946-06-26) June 26, 1946 (age 69)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Activist
Awards Ramon Magsaysay award, 2000

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").

Roy was born to Tamil Brahmin family in Chennai.[1][2] She grew up in Delhi where her father was a government employee. She did her schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary, Delhi, and later completed her post graduation in English literature from Indraprastha College, Delhi University.[3][4]

She served as a civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service between 1968 and 1974. In 1970 she married Bunker Roy.

She resigned the job to devote her time to social and political campaigns. She joined the Social Work and Research Center (SWRC) in Tilonia, Rajasthan.[5][6][7] In 1987, she along with Nikhil Dey, Shankar Singh and others founded the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan.[8] She was a leader of the Right to Information movement through National Campaign for People’s Right to Information, which led to the enactment of the Right to Information Act in 2005.[9] She has also remained a member of the National Advisory Council.[10]

In 2000, she received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership.[11] In 2010 she received the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academia and Management.[12] In 2004, Roy was inducted into the National Advisory Council, a quasi-governmental body chaired by Sonia Gandhi[13] which was passed by the Indian parliament in 2005. She served as a member of the National Advisory Council of India until 2006 and was part of NAC II.


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  3. ^ "Aruna Roy (Indian activist) -- Encyclopedia Britannica". Encyclopedia Britannica. January 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "DU has a lot on its ladies special platter". India Today. June 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ Women who dared, by Ritu Menon. Published by National Book Trust, India, 2002. ISBN 81-237-3856-0. Page 169-170.
  6. ^ Aruna Roy BusinessWeek, July 8, 2002.
  7. ^ Aruna Roy National Resource Center for Women, Govt. of India.
  8. ^ MKSS As a Role Model, Civl Society Online. Jan 2012
  9. ^ Blacked out: government secrecy in the information age, by Alasdair Scott Roberts. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  10. ^ "NAC reconstituted". The Hindu. Jun 4, 2005. 
  11. ^ Ramon Magsaysay Award Citation
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  13. ^ Visionaries: The 20th Century's 100 Most Important Inspirational Leaders, by Satish Kumar, Freddie Whitefield. Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-933392-53-3. Page 139.

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