NAROTTAM SAHGAL (ICS) 1918 – 2012; (Lefroy 1928 – 1935)

Received from Col. Wendy Dewan / Secretary OCA India:

Narottam Sahgal was born in Lahore, undivided India on November 18, 1918. His early education was at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, where he won his Cricket Colours in 1934 & 1935 and also Reigate in Surrey, UK. He joined Trinity Hall, Cambridge in the 1930’s and graduated with a double first in law. Despite being called to the Bar in England he turned down the option of becoming a Barrister so that he could return to India to join the Indian Civil Service. In 1944 he married Sarala Srivastava, daughter of Sir J. P. Srivastava, one of the leading Industrialists of that time. He retired in 1975 as a permanent secretary to the Govt. of India. After leaving Government service, he was invited to work with the Inlaks foundation, as he felt very strongly that India’s brightest and best should have the chance of receiving education in the world’s best Universities. He had houses in New Delhi and Shimla, and always enjoyed talking to his family and his friends about his time in BCS. He was on the BCS board of Governors from 1983 – 1986 and remembered that there were only six Indians who joined school in 1928.

Narottam Sahagal passed away at the age of 94 on December 31, 2012, and he is deeply missed by OC’s, his two sons Arjun and Bharat Sahgal and their families. His beneficent influence remembered with sincere gratitude by all OC’s