Here is my journey:
My deep interest in policy and public administration sparked when I first visited the Indian Parliament. It was a part of my internship with a Member of Parliament. As a 21 year student, witnessing the Parliament function was a powerful experience. The seats of MPs were a shimmering testament to a dream that I shared- making India a better place. A small farmer and a daily wage worker, no matter how good, can only manage to transform one family at a time. A policy maker, on the other hand, has the power to transform millions. Ever since I had that realization in my second year of law school, I have looked at life differently. Self-actualization and public service define all my pursuits. I remain steadfastly confident of my aspirations as they are reinforced time and again. The most recent being; meeting the Prime Minister of India, where he recounted the quality of satisfaction one draws from transforming over a billion lives. This is a long journey however. I come from a small village ‘Hisar’ located in district Madhubani of Bihar, India. The first 17 years of my life was a challenge in itself. But when I look back and introspect, I feel it was the most enriching experience as well. It prepared me for the journey of life. Being the first one in my family to complete senior secondary education, I wanted to study further in college. But the lack of financial resources forced me to take a break from my regular study and get a job. I worked for two years as a private tutor to earn some money for my further studies. In May 2014, I appeared for GGSIPU Law entrance test and got an all India rank of 259.
When leaving for Delhi, my babuji's (father)badvice was, ‘Be good, be good to others and keep working hard.’
I successfully balanced my academics and co-curricular requirements, as evinced by my academic record and the Best Student of the Year Award conferred by my law school. I also started working with an MP which opened me to a unique problem: Close to 65% of India’s population is young, but as the population grows younger, the Parliament continues to grow older. An MP’s average age is typically above 50 years. The situation is worse in Bihar, which saw fresh leadership four decades ago. This led to apathy for policy and administration in the society, creating a system of barriers to check upward movement. I believe that youth being the most significant stakeholder, cultivating their interest in politics, policy making and public administration is imperative to the future of India.
These thoughts led me to conduct capacity building and training programmes for the youth in different parts of Bihar, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, and UP through the platform of Chanakya Policy Foundation. I have also worked with NGOs Raindrops Foundation and Sarvahitey in Delhi.