V.S. Srinivasa Sastri was born in 1860. Of all the representatives of the Government of India, Sastri was the most eloquent, articulate and brilliant. Sastri was a Brahmin schoolteacher until his appointment, in 1899, as head master of the Hindu High School in Triplicane, which was one of the biggest high schools in the Presidency. It was at this time that he came under the influence of Gopal Krishna Gokhale, who had founded the Servants of India Society in 1905. He was appointed a member of that Society in 1907, and on Gokhale\'s death in 1915, became its President.