India was a country ridden with social evils in the pre-independence era, which is why the society of that period saw the advent of some great social reformers who changed a lot of things to make the country a better place to live in. Even in present time, India has seen numerous social reformers who have fought against social issues like corruption, environmental degradation and female feticide.
Listed below are the top 10 social reformers in India:
10. Medha Patkar
Medha Patkar is a Mumbai based social activist, who has been recognized for her key role in Narmada Bachao Andolan. She carried out continuous fasting, to object against increase in the height of Narmada Dam.
9. Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare has become a leading name among social reformers in the country, with his contribution to the field of anti corruption in the country. He is also known for his service to the mankind and work for uplifting the condition of the poor and rural people of India.
8. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
The next name on the list of top 10 social reformers of India is that of the renowned poet and novelist, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, who brought up social issues like blind faith and social inequality, with his writings. He also created the famous patriotic anthem called “Bande Mataram”.
7. Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was a true epitome of compassion, love and kindness, who spent her entire life serving the poor and needy. Her organization called Missionaries of Charity has been acclaimed for its continuing service to the needy all around the world.
6. Dr B R Ambedkar
Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar was one of the most eminent social reformers in India, who fought against social discrimination and caste system, which was plaguing the society in the pre-independence era. He was also a leading educationist, scholar and political leader, who was also the Chairman of Drafting Committee in 1947.