We have read many stories of how graduates from some of the best universities have taken initiatives to help poor. This story is different as not many go and live with the poor. Alok Sagar, an ex-IIT Delhi professor, left his lucrative job in 1982 to serve tribals, work for the upliftment of women and stay connected to nature.
PERFECT RESUME, YET HE CHOSE THE ROAD NOT TAKEN!
Besides having graduate and masters degrees from IIT Delhi, Sagar has a Ph.D. from Houston University in Texas, US. He has in fact taught former-RBI governor Raghuram Rajan. Despite having the perfect resume for any high paid job, he chose to help the needy!
TRUE CALLING FROM KOCHAMU
He found his true calling in one of the remotest parts of Madhya Pradesh. For the past 26 years, Sagar has been living in Kochamu — a place which has no electricity or roads.
“He is focused on nature and has been educating people on growing trees and taking care of the environment. He is a simple man who does what he says and mean,” said Anurag Modi.
Indeed, 64-year-old Sagar is a simple man. He would have continued to remain low key until he was forced to reveal his identity during Betul’s recent district elections. In fact, some local authorities found him suspicious and asked him to leave the village. Alok went on to meet the police and revealed his qualifications. Till now, even the locals were unknown about his background.
Furthermore, Sagar’s father was an IRS officer (he passed away last year) while his mother was a physics teacher in Miranda House, Delhi University. His brother is a professor in IIT Delhi.
It’s been over 24 years that Alok has been trying to sensitize tribals to plant trees and he learnt the local dialect and adapted their lifestyle.
“He is a highly learned man who has command over seven-eight languages. The tribals who usually remain secluded slowly started trusting him,” said Modi.
Sagar feels its only tribals that are truly connected with nature and respect it. Also he rides 60 km to distribute seeds to neighbouring villages.
Sagar has set an example for us, for the entire society! Hence, we salute him and the work he does!