"One person uplifted, if properly prepared and given the resources, can carry ten, twenty or even a hundred others with them. This is the change I believe in."
My passion and calling is Shanti Bhavan.
A unique boarding school in Tamil Nadu, India, Shanti Bhavan caters to the futures of India's most underserved population, the children of the so-called "untouchable" caste.
Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty for India’s "lowest caste" by providing impoverished children with a world-class education, enabling them to aspire to careers and professions of their choice. We provide 17+ years of holistic education to these children — pre-kindergarten through college, and into their working careers. Our beautiful boarding school campus is an oasis built within the confines of crushing poverty supported by a devoted administration and global network of volunteers. Our children see that a better world isn’t just an idea but a real possibility.
As Director of Operations for the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project, I oversee all domestic and international fundraising, volunteer and teacher recruitment, media relations, strategic partnerships, and the mentorship program. I commute between the U.S. and India two to three times a year, spending three to four months in the field working with the children of Shanti Bhavan and the communities they're a part of.
Nearly 40% of India’s 1.25 billion person population lives under the international poverty line.
The situation is even more dire for India’s rural population, where economic growth has been stagnant. On average, a family in the villages surrounding Shanti Bhavan survives on $100 per month. This population is undernourished, at risk for a variety of health concerns, and without access to basic medical care.
To combat this problem, my family and I founded the Baldev Medical and Community Center. The Baldev center works with Shanti Bhavan's surrounding villages to provide them with medical care, housing, and community development. The center itself provides inpatient and outpatient care, as well as emergency medicine, at-home visitation, and easy access to healthcare professionals. Volunteers and professionals from around the world have helped build homes, roads, plumbing, and other infrastructure improvements. We, in cooperation with the Baldev Center, continue to work with local government and village residents to deconstruct barriers of race and caste, and to ensure the locals have a say in their futures.
I work to empower a new generation of young journalists in combating systemic corruption and oppression in Southeast Asia.
As a member of the board of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, and one of its two Trustees, I stand for accountability and integrity.
The Institute's mission is to educate students in a broad range of practical skills and concepts involving the gathering, editing and presentation of information, and to prepare them for a career in journalism. While there is a strong emphasis on the "craft" of journalism, the curriculum is designed to help students draw on and supplement their basic education so they are better equipped to intelligently handle the fundamental issues of the day. They will be exposed to the principles and ethics intrinsic to the profession, to enable them to hone their journalistic skills. Consistently regarded in the top two journalism schools in Asia, IIJNM's journalists are not merely competent practitioners by today's standards, but help raise those standards.
Games Are The New Media Of Our Time.
Games have been a passion of mine since I was a young man. Even then, I recognized their power to affect lives and shape culture. In particular, video games have emerged as a cultural touchstone, creating an industry to rival Hollywood, but my interests range across the spectrum of games, from tabletop to video to performative, where people compete, create, and share experiences with another.
Seeing a need for greater and better representation in games, I've used my activist background to advocate for diversity in the industry. I advise game companies on creating better hiring practices and lobby for improved recognition of women and people of color. And by lending my creative talents to a number of game studios, I have injected my life and passion into games themselves.