Late Adml. (Retd.) R.H. Tahiliani
Admiral Tahiliani was one of the founder members, Chairman and Mentor of Transparency International India. He has played an instrumental role in shaping the Transparency and Accountability movement in the country. Born on 12th May, 1930 the Admiral was commissioned in the Navy on 1st September, 1950 and served as 11th Chief of Naval Staff from 1st December, 1984 to 30th November, 1987. The Admiral had commanded the carrier borne squadron INAS 300 during the Indo-Pak war in 1971. The “Greyest of the Grey Eagles” is an apt expression to sum up the Admiral Tahiliani’s seminal and vast experience as a stupendous naval aviator. His exemplary vision, catapulted the Naval Air Arm to where it is today. After his retirement, he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Param Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service. Post retirement Admiral Tahiliani served as Governor of Sikkim between February 1990 and September 1994. He was also member of Central Vigilance Commission Advisory Council.
Shri S.D. Sharma
He was the founder of Transparency International India, invited by Peter Eigen to start a national chapter in 1997. He conceived the indigenous organization, guided its operation, steered it through difficulties, and made a lasting contribution in the direction of combating corruption and seeking good governance. He was the Vice Chairman Emeritus of organization for long time and after that TII’s advisor. Shri Sharma was a freedom fighter of 1942 Quit India Movement. He was also a social activist and was awarded by a number of institutions. Besides he was an individual member of Transparency International. He had actively participated in the drafting of the Right to Information Act, strongly pursued the legislation for the Lokpal, raised strong voice for protection of the whistleblowers, and disqualification of candidates facing charges in heinous criminal offences. He lived as a true Gandhian in words, deeds, appearance and thoughts.