For the last 32 years, Alok Sagar has been fighting for the rights of tribals while living in a nondescript village in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh.
Besides fighting for the rights of the tribals, Sagar also teaches village children.
But hardly had anyone any idea of the past of this man. He was just another of those bunch of rights activists to the people and authorities in the district.
It was only when a constituency in the district, in which Sagar’s village was located, went for bypoll, that a certain incident disclosed the academic achievements of this man.
The police, for some weird reason, thought Sagar would be a nuisance during the polls and reportedly asked him to leave the village.
Now Sagar had been tirelessly working for the upliftment of the tribals and was also engaged in a drive to save a neighbouring jungle by planting more trees for 32 years. He was in no mood to leave the village just because the police asked him to, especially because there is no rule that justified his eviction.
So Sagar decided that it would be better to go to jail instead of leaving the village. He, therefore, left for the nearest police station to offer his surrender.
And there, at the police station, Sagar revealed a bit of his past to the complete shock of every cop.
Turns out that Sagar is not just an educated fellow, his educational qualifications would put everyone lawmaker in Madhya Pradesh to shame.
The son of an IRS officer father and a physics professor mother, who taught at Miranda House, Sagar completed his M.Tech from IIT-Delhi in 1973.
He then went to the United States to pursue a doctorate, which he completed in 1977 from Houston University in Texas. He did not stop there.
Sagar then went on obtaining a post doctorate in dental sciences from Texas University and then became a fellow of the Sociology department in Dalhousie University in Canada.
Till 1982, Sagar was a professor at IIT-D. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan was then a student at the institute. Sagar is believed to have taught him too.
Sagar’s brother is still a professor at the IIT-D.
One has to be thankful to the police for it was because of them that Professor Sagar revealed a treasure from his past and proved once again that chest-thumping about your qualifications is not essential for doing good deeds.