New Delhi: I have been in the IAS for the past 16 years. I have been able to do almost whatever I wanted to during this time. I have almost been militantly independent. I have had no interference in my job at all. Surprisingly, this is only my fifth posting. Many people say that the system does not allow anyone to do what he wants to do. Therefore, nothing much happens in this country.
Alphons’s life is nothing short of a miracle. Having passed his high school with 42% from a non electrified village Malayalam medium school, he became one of the toppers of the 1979 batch of the IAS. He vowed that he would never be a door mat for the politician, but would be a voice of the hapless citizen. For 27 years he was their voice, running pitched battles against the corrupt system. He was rated to be one of the most competent officers in the history of the civil service. He was in TIME magazine’s list of 100 young global leaders in 1994. He is an inspirational orator and has spoken to over three million people, mostly students, in the past 35 years. In 2006, he quit IAS, contested as an independent from Kanjirappally constituency and got elected as an MLA on 32nd day with a huge majority, spending less than Rs10 lakhs. He decided that he wanted to be a different kind of an MLA. He drove his own car and lived in a tiny room in the rest house and got Rs 350 crores for the constituency and won the best MLA award.