Medha Patkar, Activist Her deeds define her as a satyagrahi. Tempestuous, insouciant, never short of opinions—as a Gandhian ought to be. She’s faced lathis, starvation, even prison walls for 20 years while leading the Narmada Bachao Andolan (nba) against one of the world’s largest river projects, the Sardar Sarovar Dam. A project that would displace 3,20,000 tribals and submerge over 37,000 hectares of land. The nba made the World Bank reconsider its funding. In 1991, she won The Right Livelihood award (the alternative Nobel Peace prize). Indefatigable at 50, Medha continues to make the globe pay heed to the voices from the Narmada valley.