Rajagopal P.V. has been acknowledged as an important human rights activist in Central India ever since the seventies. He is the founder of Ekta Parishad and leads the movement in a spirit of idealism, tenacity and modesty. His untiring energy, his great understanding and his gift for encouraging people to stand up for their rights and for mobilising the poorest members of the Indian rural population have earned him considerable respect from the grass roots level right through to national government circles. Rajagopal is Vice-Chairperson of the Gandhi Peace Foundation in Delhi. The establishment of Ekta Europe, a loose network of organisations from Belgium, Germany, England and Switzerland supporting the work of Ekta Parishad, was also achieved thanks to his initiative.