My research varies from sustainable energy development, to Indian Politics to Soviet History and Maritime Heritage.

 

The Future of Fundamental Rights in India: An Independent Investigation

Panel Discussion at Kitab Khana, a bookstore, on The Indian Emergency, October 2015 with Kalpana Sharma, a veteran journalist, Rajni Bakshi, a writer, and Shailesh Haribhakti, a businessman.

Panel Discussion at Kitab Khana, a bookstore, on The Indian Emergency, October 2015 with Kalpana Sharma, a veteran journalist, Rajni Bakshi, a writer, and Shailesh Haribhakti, a businessman.

Between February and July 2015, I conducted an independent research project on The Indian Emergency (1975-1977), a period of dictatorial rule in India, aimed to address some central questions about the Future of Fundamental Rights in India, such as if India would be able fall to another Emergency. The project was a comparative study between individuals who lived through this era and the youth.

I presented these findings in a book, with a foreword written by Thomas Blom Hansen, a professor at Stanford University and published it on the Amazon Kindle Store.


Kayaking near Mandwa, a sleepy fishing village south east of Bombay.

Kayaking near Mandwa, a sleepy fishing village south east of Bombay.

Maritime Exploration along the Konkan Coast

My passion for kayaking prompted me to explore and find different kayaking routes around the Bombay Harbour. As a result of these expeditions, I also learned about Bombay's maritime history. After completing a few major expeditions around the harbour, I decided to document the weather conditions and history of these routes in a bookThe book contains maps and specific weather and coastal conditions about these areas. 


The Konkan Coast of India 

The Konkan Coast of India 

Social Entrepreneurship for Frontier Markets

As a sailor, I have interacted extensively with and developed a close bond with Tindals, or boat-keepers of Bombay's sailboats. During the Monsoon season however, they return to villages with limited employment prospects because they are so disconnected from major urban hubs. Working with Frontier Markets, a social entrepreneurship aimed at providing rural households with electricity, I helped develop a team of rural entrepreneurs from the region, solving the problems of unemployment and lack of connectivity.

This article, published in the Clean Energy Access Network, highlights the changes this last mile distribution network has had on the Tindals' lives.