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04/17/2018
In July of 2017, a month and a half before I started the John Gardner Fellowship with a placement at Human Rights Watch, I went to a teach-in held by Dalit rights activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan. I attended as part of the group Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), a community group I...
view of New York from Human Rights Watch office
07/27/2017
My last blog post was about my hopes to gain field experience in future professional positions. I had imagined taking a few months’ break from work to continue applying to short-term field positions, and being rejected from all of them because I still only have one year of non-internship work...
children at syrian refugee camp
05/16/2017
I spent the first week and a half of my fellowship in researcher training, where I was warned by colleagues of the occasionally graphic nature of work at Human Rights Watch, and how important self-care would be to a healthy work-life balance. I’ve always been drawn to intense issues—my first...
drone hovering with pilot in background
03/16/2017
Foresight. That is what effective policymaking is all about. A lawmaker must foresee as many implications as she can so 10 steps into her legislative journey she will not stumble over the footprint she left with her first step. The same is true of a judge. Yes, judges interpret existing law, but...
Paras Shah and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks
07/05/2016
Disability has always been my least favorite word in the English language. It’s the word that catches in my throat and forces my pen to pause mid-thought. I can easily apply this term of difference, of alienation, to others. As a human rights advocate, I routinely argue that someone has a right to...

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