My experience with Indian-origin British Parliamentarians at the Houses of Parliament

In recognition of his work with Dehradun-based social activist network, Making a Difference by Being the Difference (MAD), Louis Dreyfus WHT Scholar Abhijay Negi was invited to the Houses of Parliament to meet with British politicians of Indian origin to discuss their contributions to society. He shares his experiences below.

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About the Scholar

Abhijay Negi

India
Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), 2017
Mansfield College, Oxford
Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar
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Visit to the Louis Dreyfus Foundation Project in Mukteshwar

As a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann scholar, I had the unique opportunity to visit Mukteshwar, a small town nestled in the hills of Uttarakhand, in Northern India. This, along with the surrounding villages, is the site for a collaboration between the Louis Dreyfus Foundation (LDF) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The project aims to bring together the twin aims of sustainable agriculture and food security by reviving traditional food crops which had be jettisoned for cash crops. The region has its own specific difficulties, by virtue of harsh geographical terrain and extreme weather conditions. In an area where all productivity comes to a standstill during the 4 months of winter, securing food supply and providing means of economic sustainability are the prime motives. A testament to the various difficulties faced by the farming community in India as well as the rest of the developing world, Mukteshwar presents a set of opportunities as well as challenges.

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Payaswini Tailor

India
Politics: Political Theory (MPhil), 2017
St Cross College, Oxford
Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar
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Caution, Proceed Slowly: An Argument Against Allowing Lateral Entry into the IAS

Lateral entry into the civil services may create synergy between the government and big businesses, but it will also compromise the integrity of the government.

This article first appeared in The Wire and is republished here with the kind permission of its author.

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Sampad Patnaik

India
Contemporary India (MSc), 2015
St Hilda's College, Oxford
Barbara Walters Scholar
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