Professor Dr. M. R. Rajagopal
Palliative care physician, founder chairman of Pallium India, Kerala, India
He is the founder chairman of Pallium India, a palliative care non-governmental organisation based in Kerala, India. He is often referred to as the 'father of palliative care in India' in honour of his significant contribution to the palliative care scene in India. Rajagopal's advocacy has contributed to amendment of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of India in 2014 and in its implementation—a critical step in reducing needless suffering and allowing millions to access pain relief. He has had a film made about his life (Experiments in Gently Shaking the World) and has been given numerous international awards in recognition of his activism.