1. Swadeshi Movement – 1905
The movement which started during India’s struggle for freedom focused on removing the British Empire from power by becoming Swadesh i.e self-sufficient.

2. Satyagraha
The non-violence movement started by Mahatma Gandhi to send the British back to their country and leave India free of foreign rule did eventually taste success.

3. Save Silent Valley Movement – 1973
A social movement aimed at the protection of Silent Valley, an evergreen tropical forest in the Palakkad district of Kerala, started in 1973 brought many activists and people together.

4.Chipko Movement – 1973
Based on Gandhian principles, the Chipko Movement or Chipko Andolan saw people protesting against deforestation by hugging trees to stop them from being cut.

5. Jungle Bachao Andolan – 1980s
When the government decided to replace the natural sal forest with highly valued teak, the tribals of Bihar came out in strong numbers to protest against this decision. Having started in Bihar, the movement spread to other states like Odisha and Jharkhand too.

6. Jan Lokpal Bill – Anti Corruption Movement by Anna Hazare – 2011
When anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare began a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 5, 2011, the whole nation came together and stood by him. The movement led to the resignation of Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar from the group of ministers that had been charged with reviewing the draft Jan Lokpal bill.

7. Nirbhaya Movement – 2012
The 2012 Delhi Gang Rape saw one of the angriest reactions from people who were very clear on expressing that they have had enough. After the incident, thousands of people came out on streets to protest in several parts of the country. 

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