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Through The Eyes Of A Commoner

To analyze an issue through the intersection of race, gender, caste, and socio-economic status. In this column "Through The Eyes Of A Commoner", I hope to do exactly that.

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Renuka Joshi
Renuka Joshi
Renuka Joshi completed her Bachelor’s in International Relations with a minor in Economics policy from New York University. Before leaving for the United States, she studied at Fergusson Junior College and Karnataka High School in Pune. She has previously worked at different non-profits and local government entities in India and in the United States which serve marginalized communities. Her research interests include gender politics, political economy of developing nations, and public policy.

If you grew up in India like I did, you most likely have had to decide upon Arts/Commerce/Science as a stream to specialize in right after your 10thgrade convocation. As a young student, I remember thinking that this system made no sense. By restricting my education to a specific set of subjects, how was I to prepare myself for the real world? I wanted to know how to file taxes and maintain my balance sheets, but I also wished to learn about the science behind climate change and how the world works, and I certainly wanted to understand the Politics of human beings and the relations between nations. What I wanted was a Liberal Arts education, an inter-disciplinary set of courses in politics, economics, history, physical and life sciences, moral philosophy, and literature.

Four years later, I don’t claim to be all-wise, and I really only learnt to file taxes this year, but I do believe that my education has prepared me to think critically.  From my position as a citizen of India and as an international student, I will be presenting my personal opinion on current affairs happening around the world. I’m not a journalist and I’m no political scientist, but I find myself continuously playing catch-up on emerging problems and issues, but losing sight of why it matters that I stay informed.

I hope that this column allows you to frame your own ideas and perspectives. I’ll try my best to support my opinions with hard facts and solid research, but I want to be able to hear your thoughts so I can challenge my own beliefs as well. Hope you follow along. Let’s get started.

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