About Our Founder


Dr. A.R.K. Pillai
Founder President, IDF

Message to our readers

"Life presents immense opportunities to advance self and others during the journey of life. Positive attitude is the key stone for all pursuits and we must plan and do things in pursuit of goals set by us. A large number of people suffer from poverty, ignorance, disease and adverse circumstances. Here lies an excellent opportunity to serve all those in distress and wipe out their tears. By doing so, we find God. Service to living beings is service to God.

Knowledge holds the key for empowerment. We must progress by all means, but tune our minds to progress others as well. An educated and enlightened civil society is the best insurance against all odds. Our active interest can transform the world into a dream land. We can certainly win and sublimate our lives through this simple formula.

Why postpone good things in life? "

What Will Matter

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.

So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.

It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built,
not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories but the memories of those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

With all good wishes

Dr. A. R.K. Pillai


"Lets care for our fellow beings and make this our gospel for life.
Lets edify and sublimate our lives! "

Dr. A. R.K. Pillai

Proud to introduce our readers a very down-to-earth man, Dr. Pillai, nearing 88 and a widower leads a simple life in Mumbai. A peep into his life story may reveal his crusading effort spread over several decades. A social scientist with long years of social and humanitarian services. His life and professions are led by simplicity and humility. His social work directed towards the needy who suffer from most stigmatized population of India, spans over 3 decades and continues with greater vigor. He left his highly lucrative job to take up leprosy service - a unbelievable self and family sacrifice anyone would ever do with a sole intention of uplifting leprosy patients.

He ventured in spite of odds against at the time, when this disease was looked down upon and people suffering with were social outcasts. He is none other than Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, fondly known to his close friends as 'Ram'. Let us understand Dr. Pillai's greatest humanitarian work and his amazing achievements.

Dr. Pillai is the President of Indian Development Foundation (IDF) a leading National Registered NGO based in Mumbai and is spread over several states in India. Started as Indian Leprosy Foundation in 1983-84, it had almost achieved its objectives and therefore, got diversified and rechristened as Indian Development Foundation in April 2005. IDF focuses on Health, Education and Development and the aim is to assist in the process of India's development.

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  • His Eminence Valerian Cardinal Gracias (1977).
  • Appreciation from Mother Teresa - 1993.
  • Diplome D'Honneur from Institute Des Affaires Internationales, Paris (1994).
  • Diploma of Honor for outstanding service to the community from international Association of Educators for World Peace(1994).
  • Kaikhushroo Ardeshir Master Award for public service(1995).
  • Award for Excellence in leprosy work from Government of Maharashtra & Indian Association of Leprologists. Presented by Hon'ble Health Minister
  • Government of Maharashtra (1997).
  • Honor for excellent leprosy work in tribal areas from the Hon'ble Dy. Chief Minister of Maharashtra(1997).
  • Distinguished Leadership Award for Outstanding Contributions to Contemporary Society from American Biographical Institute-1997.
  • Honour from Sastra Kala Vedi - Mumbai for disseminating scientific information and facts of leprosy - Feb. 1998.
  • Nairshree Lifetime Achievement Award by Nair Samskarika Samiti, Mumbai for outstanding Social work - April 1998.
  • Millennium Award from Zorastrian College at the World Congress of Alternative Medicine for Public Service, 2000.
  • Albert Schweitzer Award for outstanding humanitarian services, Vienna - 2000.
  • Diploma Di Merito from Club Europeo Dell' Amicizia.
  • Certificate from Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem.
  • Invitation from the Pope to Vatican - 2001.
  • Distinguished Award for Meritorious Social Service from Raga Sudha, a Social Org.
  • Gandhian Award - For decades of services rendered in leprosy work and rehabilitation activities. Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh, Tamil Nadu Award presented by HE Governor of Tamil Nadu.
  • Acharya Mannath Padmanabhan Award for outstanding public service.
  • Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Award from Avantika, New Delhi - Presented at Jaipur on November 2004.
  • Life Time Achievement Award from Bharat Sevak Samaj founded by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru - 2007.
  • President of America's Volunteer Service Award For outstanding social service Presented at Chicago on July 2010.
  • Life Time Achievement Award 2013 - Rotary International District 3140 for leprosy work.

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  • President - Indian Development Foundation.
  • President - Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh - Maharashtra.
  • President - Bombay Leprosy Project.
  • Chairman - Nilgiris Leprosy Eradication Scheme.
  • Hon. PR Advisor - GLRA (Germany)/ ALES (Switzerland).
  • Chief Editor - Joint Action Magazine.
  • Former Member - WHO/ Govt. of India - Evaluation Team.
  • Organized several Groups and conducted public Speaking courses from 1960 Taught at the NM Institute of Management Studies ( now a deemed University) for Management Students (MMS course).
  • Taught at the Canara Bank Training College for staff and officers for more than 10 years.
  • Initiated a few hundred persons into Reiki system of drugless healing.
  • Took several classes for Executive and Managers from various industries.
  • Went to Saudi Arabia for taking classes for Executives- organized by Mr. Cecil Joseph.
  • Currently taking Empowerment Sessions for undergraduate and post-graduate students.



Empathy was a pivoting factor in inspiring Dr. A.R.K.Pillai to carve his niche in the field of humanitarian services. Dr. Pillai, fondly known as Ram, is the President of the Indian Development Foundation (IDF), a leading National Registered NGO based in Mumbai and gradually and successfully scattering its tentacles all over India.

Despite leading a life hampered with the struggle against poverty at every bend, despite having not more than a few rupees in his pocket, he set out to Mumbai and secured a job in the Railways, and from there on his dedication and sincerity have only led him on a winning spree in the game of life.

Dr. Pillai is the epitome of simplicity and humility. His left a highly lucrative job in order to help the neediest- leprosy infected patients. His 3 areas of focus are health, education and development. Living by the aphorism 'service to living beings is service to god' he continues to ascend the golden stairs of sacred service with renewed passion even at the tender age of 80.

His calm disposition is endearing and his inscrutable charm only adds to his magnificent personality and commendable vigour. In this talk, Mr. Pillai gives a description of how he setup the IDF and helped millions of people in India.

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