Published on: January 14, 2015

Please vote for Dr. Rajagopal, as your

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year.

Dr M. R. Rajagopal, Chairman of Pallium India, has been nominated for the “CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2014” award in “Public Service” category. The voting is in the final stages, and we request that you kindly cast your vote and share this information with your contacts and social network.

Voting has to be done through Facebook.

To vote for Dr M. R. Rajagopal, please post this line to your Facebook wall:

“I vote for Dr M. R. Rajagopal #iotyRajagopal as my CNN-IBN Indian of the Year”.

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year award recognizes the Indian(s) whose contribution to the country in a calendar year has strengthened the foundation of the society and has helped build Brand India in the process.


Those of us in the field of Palliative Care need no introduction to Dr. Rajagopal. He is often referred to as the ‘Father of Palliative Care in India’ in honor of his significant contribution to the field. Through Pallium India’s network of clinics, training centers, staff and volunteers, Dr. Rajagopal has touched the lives of tens of thousands of Indians suffering from life-limiting or incurable diseases. Pallium India’s mission is to catalyze the development of effective pain relief and quality palliative care services across India through delivery of services, education, research, advocacy and information.

Dr. Rajagopal’s initiatives to remove regulatory barriers in availability of oral morphine for pain relief have contributed to simplification of narcotic regulations in 17 of India’s 28 states and to the amendment of the NDPS Act of India.

Dr. Rajagopal was honored by Human Rights Watch in November 2014 with Alison Des Forges award for “Extraordinary activism in promoting the notion that denial of pain relief is a violation of human rights”.

You can also vote by visiting and clicking on “IOTY 2014 Nominees”.

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