Nilesh Gaonkar took on the mining mafia near his village Carem in Goa. In just one year five mining companies had destroyed the natural nallahs, the only source of drinking water for over 1500 villagers. Nilesh gathered evidence and knocked on the doors of Goa's courts. He rallied the villagers and blocked the roads for over 30 days. He was tempted, threatened and beaten, but Nilesh managed to get a stay order on one of the mines.