Rajiv Dixit

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Rajiv Dixit
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Born30 November 1967 (1967-11-30)
Died30 November 2010(2010-11-30) (aged 43)[1]
  • Radhe Shyam Dixit (father)

Rajiv Dixit (30 November 1967 – 30 November 2010)[2] was an Indian social activist.

He was an ardent promoter of Swadeshi activism and was the national secretary of Bharat Swabhiman Trust. He received his primary and secondary education in Firozabad.


Dixit founded the "Azadi Bachao Andolan" (Save Freedom Movement) in the early 1990s as a campaign to protect Indian industries, at a time when multi-national corporations were increasing their presence in India as a part of a trend towards globalisation.[3][4][5] An aide to Ramdev, Dixit served as the national secretary of Ramdev's anti-corruption organisation Bharat Swabhiman Andolan.[1]

During his career as an activist, Dixit demanded decentralisation of the Indian taxation system, stating that the existing system was the core reason for bureaucratic corruption. He claimed that 80 percent of tax revenue was used to pay the salaries of politicians and bureaucrats and compared the modern budget system of the Indian government to the earlier British budget system in India.[6]


Dixit died on 30 November 2010 in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, with cardiac arrest being stated to be the cause of death. However, Dixit's friends conjectured that Ramdev did not like Dixit's increasing popularity, and that he played a role in his death. However, Ramdev dismissed the claims as conspiracy theories by his political opponents.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Kidwai, Rasheed (19 June 2016). "Baba's 'plan' that went bust". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  2. ^ Team, ThePrint (3 May 2018). "The 'irresponsible,". ThePrint. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  3. ^ Kumaraswam, B. M. (2 December 2010), "Youthful crusader of Swadeshi", The New Indian Express, Shimoga
  4. ^ Priyanka P. Narain (5 April 2009), And then, there will be a revolution, Mint
  5. ^ Raju Bist (29 June 2004), "A price too high for Indian farmers", Asia Times, Mumbai
  6. ^ "Decentralise taxes, says Azadi Bachao Andolan supporter", The Times of India, 9 March 2003
  7. ^ Worth, Robert F. (2018). "The Billionaire Yogi Behind Modi's Rise". The New York Times.