M. C. Mehta
If the thousands of medieval crusaders only partially and temporarily delivered the Holy Land from the Turks, this one crusader has probably won more battles in the courts of India.
M. C. Mehta, a lawyer, has led a crusade against polluters despite public apathy, the threats to his life, the financial costs, and the generally hostile circumstances surrounding his activities.
In his peaceful fight, he has succeeded in getting orders from the Supreme Court to include environmental messages in the cinema, in television, and to include the environment as a compulsory subject in schools up to the standard 12 level.
He regularly conducts green marches involving student, professionals, and ordinary people to widen environmental awareness and to get more positive action from the grassroots level to the bureaucracy.