A boy just 12 years old was offering opium and hashish on a scrubby patch of land outside this village on a recent day.
He was supposed to be a faceless accountant, but he has become a household name in India and perhaps the central actor in the nation's battle against corruption.
Stung by the realization that it faced a child malnutrition crisis worse than in most African countries, India is finally waking to the scale of the problem.
Across India, thermal power stations are running below capacity because they can't get enough coal, and factories are running on expensive diesel generators because they can't get enough power.
For more than two years, India's splintered coalition government struggled to reach a consensus on whether to open its doors to foreign retailers.
Ashok Khemka is a troublemaker.