Swami Agnivesh was a social activist and leader of Arya Samaj. His original name was Vepa Shyam Rao and born in Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh. He was stopped to follow his brahmin caste, religion and family and joint Arya Samaj in 1980 at Haryana.
He contested the Assembly election on a Janta Party ticket from Pundri, Haryana in the year 1977 after Indira Gandhi’s government sent to jail during the Emergency. He beat the Congress candidate and after two years, he became education minister in the state government.
In 1981, he founded the Bandhua Mukti Morcha to end bonded labour. He also fought for the rights and dignity of minorities and women. In 1987, he marched against the Sati system. He also made several works to secure entry of “Untouchable” into temples.
He was attacked in Jharkhan in 2018 and he blamed to the Yuva leader of BJP. He was being “Naxal sympathiser”. He also came in Big Boss in 2011.
In 1994, he was made the head of the UN Trust fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. He was awarded the “Right Livelihood Award”; it’s often called the “Alternative Nobel Prize” in 2004 for his contribution.