Arunachalam Muruganantham

Arunachalam Muruganantham is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore. He is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine and has innovated grass-roots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. Discovering that his wife still used rags during her periods because the ones available in the market were expensive, Muruganantham set out to work on the napkins himself. The TIME magazine has named him one of the 100 most Influential people of 2014. He was also awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2016. In popular culture, he has inspired a documentary based on him titled ‘Menstrual Man (2013) and also an upcoming film ‘Pad Man’. The work of Arunachalam Muruganantham is commendable and inspiring and gives hope to a country where the women die because of lack of basic hygiene.

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