I was born in Delhi, India, in 1999. A few years later, my family and I immigrated to Canada, becoming proud Canadian citizens by 2004. Since then, I’ve lived in various locales, and have traveled around the world. The city of Calgary and the province of Alberta will always be my home, and the Calgary Flames my favourite hockey team. As a devout Hindu and Jain, and as an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, I’m guided by my sense of volunteerism and civic duty. I’m also a huge fan of Cricket.
Currently, I’m in the fourth and final year of my Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. There, I specialize in the study of International Relations, with a focus on Canadian foreign and security relations. I have written extensively on topics in foreign affairs, culture, security, sport, and politics. I also enjoy creating poetry, and my literature has been featured in a number of domestic and international publications. After my degree, I hope to study and practice law.
- Languages spoken: English, Hindi, French
- Citizenship: Canada, India (OCI)
- Skills: Research, Writing, Administration
- Software: WordPress, Hootsuite, Canva, Office
- Awards: Arthur Irwin Prize (2020), University of Toronto Dean’s List Winters 2018-2020.
In 2018, I got my first job working for the Hon. Deepak Obhrai, P.C., former Member of Parliament in the riding of Calgary Forest Lawn (now passed). As a Constituency Assistant, I corresponded with the local community, and represented the Member at various events and functions throughout the summer.
In 2019, I became a Program Editor for the NATO Association of Canada, where I provided editorial oversight for writers and published numerous pieces on the NATO alliance and global strategy. Here, I first proposed my ‘Three Bangles Theory’, a unique concept of Indian grand strategy that I hope to further develop. That summer, I also handled event registrations for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to Toronto, and founded NATOSim – a Model NATO conference geared towards high school students. I continue to serve as a Research Analyst for the NAOC.
In 2020, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, I took time to read, write, learn, and reflect. That summer, I decided to go local and rededicate myself to the community around me. I served as the Communications, Marketing, and Administration intern for the Lougheed House, a national and provincial heritage site located in the heart of downtown Calgary. Moving forward, I hope to utilize these experiences and further develop my career in a manner consistent with my values and beliefs.