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Sunday,11 July 2021 02:57 PM IST

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

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K Nalinakshan was a rare breed among bureaucrats who championed a hands-on approach in any job he was entrusted with. He would eagerly roll up his sleeves and wade into a crisis with abandon. Little surprise his affable character and boundless energy rubbed off on his team and enabled him to accomplish many success stories.

The aloof laid-back style preferred by many civil servants was not his cup of tea.

When the Shipping Corporation of India tanker Lala Lajpat Rai caught fire in the 1980s while anchored at the oil jetty of Mumbai port, he was the General Manager of Bombay Port Trust. He swung into action on a war footing to organise rescue and other operations, working through the day and late nights untiringly. The fire was eventually put out after foreign experts were called in, but it was the Nalinakshan-led team’s proactive action to tug the burning tanker away into a deeper sea that prevented a major disaster to the harbour.

Nalinakshan, aged 79, passed away in Mumbai on Friday, leaving behind a legion of admirers in the corridors of power and beyond. As Urban Development Secretary from 1995-1999, the 1967-batch IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre was the architect of several innovative policies in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) such as development control rules. He later became the BMC Commissioner.

In a colourful career spanning more than 35 years, he was the chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Nhava Seva and adorned several top-level positions including Additional Chief Secretary of Transport and Excise in Maharashtra.

“His smiling face, pleasant disposition, proactive approach to problem-solving were all praiseworthy qualities,” P.S. Nair, CEO and Executive Director of GMR Airports in New Delhi, told Mediaeye. “We shall greatly miss him.”

Nair, who was earlier a top official at the Airports Authority of India, recalled Nalinakshan’s efforts as the Chief Executive of City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) to speed up the ground for the international airport that is now coming up in New Mumbai. Known for his “ever readiness to help the needy at all times”, Nalinakshan was always anguished about wasted opportunities caused by the prolonged decision-making process.

“I vividly recollect the passionate discussions we used to have on the undue delay of the second airport when I was posted as the Mumbai Airport Director in the late 1990s,” he said.

Speaking to Mediaeye, Dhanalaxmi Bank Director P.K. Vijayakumar said Nalinakshan was a “deeply spiritual and blessed person with a heart of gold”. Vijayakumar, who had retired as the Director-General of Income Tax, based in Kerala, had a long association with Nalinakshan.

Vivek Nair, Co-Chief Executive Officer of HLV Ltd that owns the Hotel Leela in Mumbai, knew the veteran bureaucrat well. “He had an uncanny knack to untangle knotty issues. His quick decision-making and foresight played a big role in the developments you see in this big city and beyond.”

A native of Kozhikode, Kerala, Nalinakshan was a brilliant student through school and college, in both studies and extracurricular activities such as public speaking, debates and dramas, retired Kerala High Court Justice N. Hema recalled about her favourite cousin. A product of Malabar Christian College, he was also a keen football player.

He worked as a lecturer at Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, affiliated with the University of Calicut, where GMR’s Nair was one of his students.

When he first cracked the civil services exam, he was picked in the Indian Police Service and did a stint as Assistant Superintendent of Police in Kerala. He got into the IAS later.

Popular with his colleagues, Nalinakshan headed the IAS Association for many years. After his retirement in 2002, the veteran bureaucrat settled down in Churchgate near Mumbai’s picturesque Marine Drive. Always jovial he was often seen hitting the gym. A deeply spiritual man, he leaves behind his wife, three sons, their spouses and grandchildren.

“He was a role model for us,” Anil Sukumaran, a businessman from Kozhikode and close acquaintance, told Mediaeye. “The light has gone out.”

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Divya V

8 day(s) ago

Great officer! Looking forward for more such good articles from Media eye!! Reply

Colonel Kamalakshan MK

9 day(s) ago

Sad news. Pranamam. Reply

Colonel Kamalakshan MK

9 day(s) ago

Excellent Reply

K K Nair

11 day(s) ago

An Outstanding bureaucrat and he had a distinguished career. His dedication to public service and contributions to society is an inspiration and role model for all officers. May his soul rest in peace. Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Shailesh Shetty

13 day(s) ago

Deeply Saddened to know the untimely Death of our Beloved Sir May his Soul Rest in Peace Om Shanti ???? Reply

Gurpreet Kaur

13 day(s) ago

RIP sir. You are amazing. Reply

Gurpreet Kaur

13 day(s) ago

I am proud to be a Bombayite due to great officers like him Reply

Rajita Mehra

13 day(s) ago

Great man to serve our city Reply

Deval Desai

14 day(s) ago

Sad to here, nicely written, informative. Reply

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you

Lathika P

14 day(s) ago

These personalities should be role models to the present generation. Reply

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you

Krishnakumar

14 day(s) ago

Our nation require such great people Reply

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you dear

Harikrishnan

14 day(s) ago

New information and knowledge about this quiet and calm, but strong performer. Always appreciate people who reach at the top with hard work and honest performance of duties. Feeling proud to be one for self and my state Kerala where such adorable personalities originate I never had the privilege of seeing him personally , of course I heard of him about his bold and timely fearless action always turns, culminating into perfection adoring him as a KARMA YOGI in Spiritual parlance. May his soul rest in eternal peace Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you dear..

Rajiv pitale

14 day(s) ago

Great man Reply

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you

Manoj Misra

14 day(s) ago

Deeply Shocked and saddened by his untimely demise. He was a bureaucrat totally dedicated to his work and had a vision to provide good infrastructure and clean Mumbai for the people of this city. He had a dream to showcase Mumbai City as one of the Best city in the world at par with London and New York and was striving hard as Mumbai Municipal Commissioner. Mr. Nalinakshan as a Bureaucrat will be missed by the people of Mumbai City infact he has set examples for the present Bureaucrats of the country. May his soul rest in peace. Reply

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much Dear!

lathika

14 day(s) ago

Great and honest man Reply

lathika

14 day(s) ago

Condeloence to a great man and honest officer Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you

Yashashree

14 day(s) ago

Heartfelt condolences to a good officer. Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you...

Mark Manuel

14 day(s) ago

Also, K. P. Sasi Nair's obituary on Nalinakshan is so beautifully fleshed out, the old bureaucrat would have been amused, delighted and grinned in pride. Reply

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much sir..

Rajani Sreedharan

14 day(s) ago

May His jeevatma attain SatGati???? Reply

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you

Mark Manuel

14 day(s) ago

When he was BMC Commissioner, Nalinakshan became a friend of the media, he took our questions with a smile and never minded the sting. It was a joy to interview him. Years after he left the bureaucracy, to my surprise Ifound him working out beside me in a gym. He grinned and said, "Now I am enjoying life." RiP. Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you so much sir

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much sir

Prajeesh.k

14 day(s) ago

Heartfelt condolences Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you dear

K V Ramachandran

14 day(s) ago

My heartfelt condolences Prayers Reply

Satheesh B

14 day(s) ago

This article about Nalinakshan is very Informative and will be inspiration to new generation May his soul rest in peace Reply

Preeti Bhatia

14 day(s) ago

He was good and hardworking person Reply

Saraha Pai

14 day(s) ago

He was a man of morale values Reply

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much

sunil nair

14 day(s) ago

A heartfelt tribute from you, Sasi. The article says a lot about the man Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much sir

Chandrashekhar Krishnamurthy

14 day(s) ago

Sorry..I forgot to mention.whenever i met him he always used to call me Chandra.it was very sweet of him. Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you sir

N sreejith

14 day(s) ago

Well written Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you dear

Chandrashekhar Krishnamurthy

14 day(s) ago

I had an opportunity to meet him when he was Muncipal Commissioner. He was always positive and energetic.its very rare to find such Officers now.very sad to know his passing away.God rest his soul in peace.???? Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you sir

Sunil

14 day(s) ago

He is a brilliant man He will be missed forever Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you...

Smita Deshmukh

14 day(s) ago

Good IAS officer. Impactful work. Well-written obituary. Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much Madam

Vikesh Wallia

14 day(s) ago

He had a very distinguished career and contributed immensely to each role he was assigned ! He was a role model IAS officer ! May his soul rest in peace. Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much sir.

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much sir.

Swapnil Bhosale

14 day(s) ago

Very well written!!! May his soul rest in peace Reply

Manjula

14 day(s) ago

Very well written. The write up is an inspiration to so many other officers. May his soul RIP. Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you madam..God Bless!

Sai Ganesh Panchal

14 day(s) ago

It is very heart touching that K.Nalinakshan one of the rare breed among the Bureaucrats is no more. He was an inspiration to many youngsters and due to his demise his inspirants are deeply touched, but surely his ideology preachings and thought will be immortal and always be alive in the minds of the people. Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you sir

Mansi

14 day(s) ago

Very well written Sasi Nair sir. Sad to have lost such an inspiration. Reply

SASIDHARAN Paramal

14 day(s) ago

Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Dear Sasi Nair,Keep it up. Expecting more articles..... Sasi???? Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you dear friend...

Geeta Canabar

14 day(s) ago

Very good story. Keep going strong media eye ???? Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

God Bless!

Apurva Bbhatt

15 day(s) ago

Very well written and informative article. Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you dear!

Prakash Nair

15 day(s) ago

An outstanding bureaucrat, his work ethics and dedication to public service will remain worthy of emulation. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Reply

KP Sasi Nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you prakashji

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you prakashji

Prakash Nair

15 day(s) ago

An outstanding bureaucrat, his work ethics and dedication to public service will remain worthy of emulation. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Advertising Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much Dear

Biju Kumar M Kokkattu

15 day(s) ago

Heartfelt condolences....May his departed soul rest in peace. We lost a great human being and he was an inspiration to others...His contribution for Maharashtra state as well as Mumbai Municipal Corporation always remember. Pranamam Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you Biju ji..

Manoj Menavan

15 day(s) ago

Indeed a good article to understand more about Nalinakshan Sir. Those who know him personally or professionally would always remember him for his spontaneity, meditative clarity on his approach and his capabilities to take right discussions. Wishing him a place at Almighty's scheme of things...! Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you My dear Manoj

Dr. V. Irene Hunt

15 day(s) ago

I am deeply shocked and saddened on hearing Nalinakshans demise. We were family friends(our mothers were childhood playmates and my father his head master) Myself and Nalinakshan were class mates in college. We continued our friend shipeven till this point He was a brilliant student with pictographic memory power. He used to win trophies in Inter collegiate debates and oratory contests. He was popular among teachers. His smiling face and readiness to help the needy made him shining star of the college. Thus he became a role model among students. Inspire of achieving top level positions in his career he remained humble and simple just like his old days. He was God fearing at the same time never compromised for quality and honesty. . May his soul rest in peace. I also pray for his family that God Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you very much Dr.

Shekhar Nashikkar

15 day(s) ago

He contributed a lot for the city, so we owe incredible tasks performed by him. God may offer salvation for his last. Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you shekerji

Anuradha nashikkar

15 day(s) ago

I met personally met him with respect Railway station Road issue. He promptly called upon a person in charge, resolved the matter with courtesy. An action-packed person R.I.P Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you Madam

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

God is great! My dear friend...Let's pray for...... Reply

Yogesh Naik

15 day(s) ago

Too sad to hear about his demise. Highly religious person. God should not have given him this kind of death Reply

Sasi nair

14 day(s) ago

Thank you very much Dear

Dipesh

15 day(s) ago

Really an inspiration to others???? Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you dear!

Rajeshkumar Pattani

15 day(s) ago

A through gentleman & a brilliant bureaucrat. He will be missed forever Reply

girish

15 day(s) ago

He was a rare bureaucrat and had good administrative skills. He was instrumental in bringing new policies to BMC, especially development regulation laws. May the departed soul rest in peace. Reply

Kirti Nair

15 day(s) ago

A great role mode. Reply

Mili Desai

15 day(s) ago

He was a good man Reply

Divya Joyce

15 day(s) ago

BMC commissioner was good Reply

P C NAIR

15 day(s) ago

Though I never had the privilege of seeing him personally , of course I heard of him about his bold and timely fearless action always turns, culminating into perfection adoring him as a KARMA YOGI in Spiritual parlance. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Reply

Krishnakumar CP

15 day(s) ago

A man of conviction, integrity and commitment. Sad that while performing Pooja , this happened. Humble tribute. Reply

Rohan Brahmbhatt

15 day(s) ago

He was a good man Reply

Dr.Mathew Kandathil

15 day(s) ago

Mr.Nalinakshan can be dubbed " Mr.Fix-It ". A decisive bureaucrat, an oxymoron indeed. We need many more dedicated civil servants like him. May his soul RIP. Reply

shazneen mistry

15 day(s) ago

Great work Commissioner ???????????????? Reply

vijay nair

15 day(s) ago

He was a great man Reply

Ravindranathan Poliyedath

15 day(s) ago

New information and knowledge about this quiet and calm, but strong performer. Always appreciate people who reach at the top with hardwork and honest performance of duties. Feeling proud to be one for self and my state KERALA where such adorable personalities originates. Reply

Pradeep Kumar Anand

15 day(s) ago

“deeply spiritual and blessed person with a heart of gold”. Pranams ???? Reply

Sugatha

15 day(s) ago

Pranams..."The light has gone out"! Reply

Jyothylakshmy

15 day(s) ago

He was a nice human than his position. It is a real loss for the community Reply

Dr S S Mantha, Former Chairman AICTE and Chancellor, K

15 day(s) ago

Nalinakshan had a great sense of administrative acumen and a conviction to carry through his ideas to fruition. He was a former chief of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and was widely respected in the corridors of power and the government. My interaction with him in the 90's was always cordial and intellectual. What was endearing was his ability to take quick decisions. He had held several important positions in the state and the central government. I particularly remember his tenure as urban development secretary in the late 90's when he brought about several path breaking ideas. The country has indeed lost an able administrator and a good human being in his death. Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you sir

Dr S S Mantha, Former Chairman AICTE and Chancellor, K

15 day(s) ago

Nalinakshan had a great sense of administrative acumen and a conviction to carry through his ideas to fruition. He was a former chief of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and was widely respected in the corridors of power and the government. My interaction with him in the 90's was always cordial and intellectual. What was endearing was his ability to take quick decisions. He had held several important positions in the state and the central government. I particularly remember his tenure as urban development secretary in the late 90's when he brought about several path breaking ideas. The country has indeed lost an able administrator and a good human being in his death. Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you sir

Mohanan Nair

15 day(s) ago

Indeed saddened to hear the tragic death of Shri Nalinakshan, a well known and diligent bureaucrat. Though personally did not know him, I had heard of his earnest Services to Mumbai. May the departed Soul attain Satgati. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May the Almighty grant them sufficient strength to bear this great loss. Reply

Sujatha

15 day(s) ago

Role model for all of us.???? Reply

Jayasree Girish

15 day(s) ago

His contribution was fabulous. Reply

Kavya Nair

15 day(s) ago

Sure, he was a role model for young generation like us. Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Ok..thanks

jayasankar madathery

15 day(s) ago

Pranams. good article Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you dear

Shirley pillai

15 day(s) ago

The article is quite emphatic, it clearly describes the proficiency . For those who knew him well it would have been poiginant moments. He is surely an inspiration to future generations. Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you very much madam..!

Aswati Dorje

15 day(s) ago

The tribute very articulately paints a life like picture of a well loved and respected bureaucrat known for his dedication and commitment to building institutions.It conveys his infectious energy and enthusiasm even to people who did not have the good fortune to meet the stalwart. Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you very much..Madam..

Sajesh

15 day(s) ago

Good article. Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you dear

Manoj

15 day(s) ago

His contribution was immense towards the society.We are going to miss him. Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thanks

Sindhu Rajan Panicker

15 day(s) ago

K Nalinakshan was a rare breed among bureaucrats who championed a hands-on approach in any job he was entrusted with. He would eagerly roll up his sleeves and wade into a crisis with abandon. Little surprise his affable character and boundless energy rubbed off on his team and enabled him to accomplish many success stories. A true quote Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Great!

K. K. Manoj

15 day(s) ago

A man popular for his honest endeavours in the beaurocratic and political circles in Maharashtra. A man adored by ex Maharashtra Chief ministers Vasanthdada patil, sharath pawar and Manohar joshi. He is the only collector who was recommended by the then prime minister Mrs. Indira gandhi to be re-posted to Nanded Dist in Maharashtra to handle a socio-pilitical riot in the year 1976. The man who transformed the JNPT into an international level Seaport during his tenure as Chairman of the Port. The first South Indian BMC Commissioner of Mumbai. A keralite studied in malayalam medium controlled Maharashtra especially Mumbai for a long 3decades. Manoj 9739127154 Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thanks

Chichu Mohan

15 day(s) ago

His contribution was tremendous for the nation. Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you!

Vijayakumar

15 day(s) ago

Sri Nalinakshan was known for his abilities to take pragmatic decisions especially in matters relating to the deprived sections of the society.He was a bureaucrat who believed that Govt Work is Gods Work and he believed Work is Worship!He has contributed immensely to the society during his service and post retirement also.May his Aatma attain Moksha!?? ?????? : Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you sir!

SAJEEV M K

15 day(s) ago

Have heard and learnt a lot about him through my intimate friend who was his cousin brother. Also met him twice or thrice at my friends home. Was an admiring person especially on his career graph during our college days. May the departed soul RIP Reply

Sharon

15 day(s) ago

Man with great quality and only knows to love all dears and nears miss you a lot Reply

Sharon

15 day(s) ago

A man with great quality and only knows to luv and respect all nears and dears miss you a lot Reply

Sandeep Gawde

15 day(s) ago

Indeed a big unrecoverable void is been created with this sad demise. A heartfelt salutation to this hero who will remain in memories of uncountable beneficiaries. Reply

manjith kombra

15 day(s) ago

The man who only knows to love others. We miss you. You are a Gods gift to us.. Reply

Kriya Shah

15 day(s) ago

A man with a leadership quality Reply

Manoj, Manjith, sumeet

15 day(s) ago

A great liss for our whole family. We used to call him "etta" and he is our father's sister's son and born and brought up with us in our house where we are staying now at panicker road, kozhikide. He used call us regularly for giving advises in different personal/ family matters even he had called us one day before his tragical/accidental death. Reply

Sumeet madhavan

15 day(s) ago

We deeply miss our brother, father figure... Dont expect a gem like him to be witnessed ever in my life time... With a heavy heart.. My dearest brother/father Rest in Peace..I will remember you forever and my prayers and love for you will never fade away in life time???????????????? Reply

rajeshwari

15 day(s) ago

An excellent bureaucrat Reply

Manoj, Manjith, sumeet

15 day(s) ago

A great loss for our family. For us he is not a cousin brother but a father figure. He is our father's dister's son and born and brought up in our house where we are staying now in panicker road, calicut. We are in a position in our life purely because if him. We called him "etta" and he used to advise, interfere on alll of our family matters like an elder brother even he communucated with us one vefore his tragical /accidental death. Reply

rajeshwari

15 day(s) ago

An excellent bureaucrat Reply

Prasad

15 day(s) ago

An insightful article Reply

Anil sukumaran

15 day(s) ago

Very true the light has gone out Reply

Rahul Rajan Panicker

15 day(s) ago

Of course he was a role model for young generation like us Rahul Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you

Anil sukumaran

15 day(s) ago

Yes he was a gem of a person will remember for ever Reply

Sasi nair

15 day(s) ago

Thank you sir

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