India is a huge, populous country composed of a billion people, many of whom regularly are struggling to survive against adverse circumstances. Many Indians, fortunate enough to escape the poverty, often buy on hard to the materialism of the west when they arrive here. It's very common for people from that country (think Dinesh D'souza) to latch on to conservatism, libertarianism or other frameworks for western wealth as they lock also in to elite western jobs with a hunger their western counterparts may lack.
Narayanan Krishnan may have been slated for just that transition. In the early 2000s, only in his early 20s, he had been hired for an elite job in Switzerland. While gearing up to travel for the job, he saw a very distressing incident - the sight of a very elderly man literally eating his own defecation for lack of genuine sustenance. While, having grown up in India, he had certainly already been exposed to poverty, the disparity between his situation and this old man's got to him. He quickly gathered food and brought it to the man, later noting that he never saw someone eat so fast.
An elite career was soon discarded and Krishnan embraced a life of philanthropy. He started the Akshaya Trust in 2003, located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for a recurring mass of approximately 425 people.