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I am a 21-year old student from a lower-middle class family in India. I got admitted to Harvard Kennedy School for Masters in Public Policy two months ago, which made me the youngest Indian to be admitted to this course, but I did not receive any financial aid from the college.

I come from a lower middle-class Sindhi family in Allahabad. The peculiar thing about my family is the lack of the ability to dream due to financial constraints: I am the first family member to go to a reputed University (Delhi University), the first family member to ever win a national competition (when I won the National Poetry Slam in India), the only family member that can converse in English. My father has had dreams of being a lawyer and a writer, but gave all of them up when my grandfather attained paralysis. If my roots have taught me anything, it is that financial constraints are the most assured way of killing dreams in our family.

I have worked very hard to push through lack of resources and opportunities in life. I went to Delhi University on merit, peaked in my artform through practice, and secured a Harvard admission on merit too. I want to grow up into a kind, generous person who can support the dreams of countless such struggling Indian minorities who are trying to push through, everyday. Through the Masters in Public Policy, I wish to equip myself to work towards financial inclusion and cognitive-behavioural change in India.

I'm a well-known Indian slam poet, have represented India at the international competition, and have tried to carve a niche by speaking about Indian identity in my poems performed in front of a global community. At the international slam in Chicago, I spoke about the struggle of English language hegemony in India, how my mother struggles in her own country because of Hindi-medium education. I received a standing ovation for the performance. (My poems are available on Youtube to watch).

This fundraiser is a medium through which I am trying to make my dream come true, to not let myself be another branch in my family tree that could not bear the weight of dreams because of financial constraints.
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Admission Letter
Admission Letter
Admission Letter with a personal note
Admission Letter with a personal note
Achievements in Spoken Word Poetry (Featured in Times of India)
Achievements in Spoken Word Poetry (Featured in Times of India)
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Resumé
Achievements in Spoken Word Poetry (TEDx Talk)
Achievements in Spoken Word Poetry (TEDx Talk)
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