Medha Patkar was born in 1954. She is a social activist, working on many crucial political and economic issues affecting India's tribals, Dalits, farmers, women, and laborers. She graduated from TISS, a premier institute in India for social science research. In addition to the above, Medha Patkar was a commissioner on the World Commission on Dams. She is part of a 32-year-old people's movement called the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) that has a presence in three states: Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. For many years, she served as the national coordinator and then conveyor of the National Alliance of People's Movements and serves as an advisor to NAPM.