A degree in engineering from IIT Delhi, a Masters degree, and a Ph.D. from Houston were just stepping stones for Alok Sagar, an ex-IIT professor. Alok serving the folks living there, and has been residing for 32 years in the remote tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh.
While teaching at IIT Delhi, Alok had prepared numerous pupils, including Raghuram Rajan, the ex-RBI governor, reports Talking Tree. After stepping down from his work, Alok started working for tribals in the Hoshangabad and Betul districts of Madhya Pradesh. For the past 26 years, he has been living in Kochamu, a distant village with 750 tribals, lacking both electricity and roads, and with merely a primary school.
Alok has put more than 50,000 trees in the region and believes that individuals can serve the nation better by working at the grassroots level. In India, people are facing a lot of difficulties, but folks are busy establishing their cleverness by revealing their degrees as opposed to serving people,” Alok told the Hindustan Times.
Alok continues to keep a low profile. During Betul’s recent district elections, local authorities asked him to leave and grew suspicious. Alok revealed his long list of qualifications, which the district government, to their surprise, confirmed to be authentic, reports Patrika.
What makes Alok's narrative inspiring is his simplicity. He owns just three sets of a cycle and kurtas and spends his day gathering and dispersing seeds. Alok can speak many languages and dialects used by tribals in the area. Closely related to the Shramik Adivasi Sangathan, he spends most of his time working for their upliftment.