V. Sundaram had his early education in Simla and New Delhi. He took his B.A. (Hon.) Degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1961. He also took his M.A. Degree in Economics from Delhi University in 1963. He worked as Lecturer in Economics in Delhi University for two years till he joined the Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S.) in 1965. He was allotted to Tamil Nadu Cadre and has served with distinction in several posts in Tamil Nadu Government from 1966 to 1994. He sought his voluntary retirement from the I.A.S. in 1994. As Director of the Anna Institute of Management Chennai, in one of his famous orations in 1982 he observed: 'When the public sit in judgment on any Public Servant, they are bound to ask 4 questions. Was he a man of judgment? Was he a man of vision? Was he a man of courage? Was he a man of integrity?'
His message to all young civil servants is: 'Do not worry if you are not in the limelight for in the limelight there are more bad civil servants than good ones'.
He is now working as Associate Editor of News Today (a daily in English) and Malai Sudar (a daily in Tamil). He is known for his forthright, hard-hitting and fearless journalism. His watchwords are S G S T'Stern Grim Scorching Truth!