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IIT Professor works with Tribals in Madhya Pradesh and educates people to grow trees

We have perused stories on how graduates from top colleges have taken activities to help poor however very few go and live with them. Alok Sagar, an ex-IIT Delhi professor, left his lucrative activity in 1982 to serve tribals, work for upliftment of women and remain associated with nature.

Other than having graduate and masters degrees from IIT Delhi, Sagar has a PhD from Houston University in Texas, US. He has infact taught previous RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.

Be that as it may, every one of these degrees was useless to him and he discovered his actual bringing in one of the remotest parts of Madhya Pradesh. For as far back as 26 years, Sagar has been living in Kochamu — a place which has no power or streets. He is engaged about nature and has been teaching individuals on growing trees and taking care of environment. He is a simple man who does what he says and mean," said Anurag Modi from Shramik Adiwasi Sangathan, who is nearly connected with Alok.

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. 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.

It’s been over 24 years that Alok has been trying to sensitise tribals to plant trees. 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 genuinely associated with nature and respect it. He rides 60 kms to disseminate seeds to neighboring towns. Sagar's life sets a precedent that in the event that you will work for a reason, you needn't bother with pardons.


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