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[21 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | 19,496 views]
Balagopal : A one in a century rights activist

K. Balagopal metamorphosed from a committed believer in the Naxalbari movement to a human rights activist, defining the terms of his transition. In doing so, he rejected the choice of social transformation by violence, opting instead for such change through a struggle for rights. But the problem is that rights campaigns by themselves will not lead to social transformation. As a lawyer, Balagopal showed himself as the only lawyer of the poor of his generation with a reputation for competence. The poor knew that he was about the one lawyer …

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[21 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 10,012 views]
Quintessential intellectual-activist

- PA Sebastian & Bernard D’mello
K. Balagopal’s role as a civil liberties and democratic rights activist had two phases – the first, when the opening sentence of the Communist Manifesto and Marx’s last thesis on Feuerbach guided his life’s activity, and the second, when, even as he gave up on these precepts, he continued in the tradition of practical humanism.
K Balagopal passed into the annals of history on October 8, 2009 at the age of 57. He was a doyen of the civil liberties and democratic rights movement in India. …