Late IAS Sankaran 80th Birth Day
S R Sankaran was no ordinary civil servant: more than a babu he was recognized a man of the masses who worked tirelessly for the benefit of poor and underprivileged. He touched the lives of perhaps tens of thousands of people. As a civil servant he was deeply involved over the decades in the abolition of bonded labour and empowerment of the adivasis of Andhra Pradesh. He was also chief secretary of Tripura and at the centre he was involved with some major policy issues such as the nationalisation of coal in the 1970s. Position and power did not matter to Sankaran, the rights of the poor did. Sankaran had refused even the Padma Bhushan conferred on him some time ago by the central government. He died on 7 October 2010.