Alok Sagar, an ex-IIT Delhi professor, left his lucrative job in 1982 to serve tribals, work for upliftment of women and stay connected to nature.
Originally from Delhi, Sagar acquired his under graduation and post graduation degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi after which he went to United States to complete his PhD in Houston University, Texas. Following this, Sagar returned as a professor in IIT Delhi where he taught Raghuram Rajan.
But all these degrees were meaningless to him and 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.
Sagar has been living in Kochamu, a village with no electricity, roads and just one primary school. He has been working relentlessly for tribal welfare and sensitising them to plant trees. Believing that only tribals are truly connected with nature and respect it, Sagar rides 60 kms to distribute seeds to neighbouring villages and has planted more than 50,000 trees in the region.
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. 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.
Based in Delhi’s Patparganj, 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.
“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’s life sets an example that if you are willing to work for a cause, you do not need excuses.
HosurOnline salutes this real hero….