Often referred to as ‘The Highest Ranked Civil Servant’ in India, T.S.R. Subramanian, the former Cabinet Secretary has taken up the most ‘firsts’ in the country. In 1992, he went to Washington as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh and signed the agreement on ‘Education for All’ with World Bank. This was World Bank’s first loan ever to a non-financial infrastructure sector. The often used ‘Right to Information Act’ was first drafted by him. He was highly regarded for chairing the committee to provide recommendations on National Education Policy. This interview with BW Education’s Sreerupa Sil, revolves around his perception on education and understanding the past to lead us to the future.