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P.V. Rajagopal

As long as cultural and systemic violence continue, physical violence will emerge.’ As a result, traditional attempts to reduce violence were doomed from the start. ‘You’re only treating the symptoms, not the disease

P.V. Rajagopal is a prominent Indian human rights defender and founding member and Vice-Chair of the Gandhi Peace Foundation in New Delhi. He founded Ekta Parishad in 1991, a non-violent grassroots human rights organisation dedicated to restoring land and water rights to local communities in India. The organisation's activists work towards building community-based governance, local self-reliance and responsible government. Its aim is to see India’s poorest people gain control over livelihood resources, especially land, water and forests.