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)
Chennai
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 Sangathan (MKSS) ("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 studied English literature at 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.

Roy resigned from the civil services and began to work on issues related to the poor and marginalised. She joined the Social Work and Research Center (SWRC) in Tilonia, Rajasthan.[5][6] In 1987, she along with Nikhil Dey, Shankar Singh and others founded the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan.[7]

The MKSS began by fighting for fair and equal wages for workers which shaped and evolved into a struggle for the enactment of India's Right to Information Act. Aruna Roy is a leader of the Right to Information movement in India through the MKSS and the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), which was finally successful with the passage of the Right to Information Act in 2005.[8] She served as a member of the National Advisory Council until 2006 when she resigned.[9][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 2011, she was named as one of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.[13]

Aruna Roy has been at the forefront of a number of campaigns for the rights of the poor and the marginalised. These have included, most prominently, the Right to Information, the Right to Work (the NREGA),[14] and the Right to Food. More recently, she has been involved with the campaign for universal, non-contributory pension for unorganised sector workers as a member of the Pension Parishad[15][16] and the NCPRI for the passage and enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Law and Grievance Redress Act.[17][18]

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  1. ^ http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Daughter-Of-The-Dust/232838
  2. ^ http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110904/jsp/7days/story_14461446.jsp
  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 National Resource Center for Women, Govt. of India.
  7. ^ MKSS As a Role Model, Civl Society Online. Jan 2012
  8. ^ Blacked out: government secrecy in the information age, by Alasdair Scott Roberts. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  9. ^ "NAC reconstituted". The Hindu. Jun 4, 2005. 
  10. ^ "Daughter Of The Dust | Urvashi Butalia | Oct 16,2006". www.outlookindia.com. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  11. ^ Ramon Magsaysay Award Citation
  12. ^ Thehindu.com
  13. ^ Thottam, Jyoti (2011-04-21). "The 2011 TIME 100 - TIME". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  14. ^ "Matersfamilias | Saba Naqvi | Aug 24,2015". www.outlookindia.com. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  15. ^ "Pension Parishad calls off strike". The Hindu. 2013-12-21. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  16. ^ "Forgotten Brethren | Harsh Mander | Apr 20,2015". www.outlookindia.com. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  17. ^ "Aruna Roy seeks early passage of grievance redress, whistleblower bills". Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  18. ^ Roy, Aruna. "The Fate of RTI After One Year of Modi is a Bad Omen". The Wire. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 

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