He calls it the last gasp of a dying society, but for Rajagopal Puthan Veetil there is no use going quietly. “We may succeed, we may fail, but at least we will have the satisfaction of doing something before we go,” he laughs. The “society” the 62-year-old talks of is India, and the “last gasp” being taken is that of the country’s half-billion poor people – the men, women and children Rajagopal has campaigned alongside for much of his life.

Rajagopal grew up in Kerala and was born just one year after India gained independence. But in the years since then, dreams of an equal, prosperous nation ...


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