Raghuram Rajan, former Reserve Bank of India governor, had become the most celebrated central bank official in India and abroad in his three year tenure largely for undertaking bold reforms and also, for openly airing his views on the government's social schemes.
Unlike Rajan who decided to go back to academia in the US to pursue his research on Indian economy post his RBI days, his one-time teacher at IIT Delhi, Dr Alok Sagar, chose a different path altogether after quitting his academic career in 1982. He has since chosen to serve the poor and oppressed in the country. Sagar taught Rajan nearly four decades back in the 1980s.
According to the Financial Express report, Sagar, a resident of Delhi, completed his bachelor studies in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi and later completed his masters from the same elite institution.
After completing his PhD from the Houston University in Texas, United States, he took a teaching post at IIT Delhi. However, he resigned from his post two years later in 1982. Since then, for the past 32 years, Sagar has been working with the tribals in Betul and Hoshangabad districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Working to save the environment, Sagar has planted about 50,000 trees in Betul alone. He is also involved with tribal welfare through Shramik Adivasi Sangathan, the FE report said.
Sagar does not believe in boasting about his degrees and career. He, in fact, said that he doesn’t need his degrees to serve people, but only his will power.
It would have been difficult to know of Sagar's credentials, but thanks to Ghodongari assembly elections the people of this country have come to know about this noble soul. When the Betul district administration ordered him to leave the place citing security reasons, Sagar decided to reveal his identity.