New generation of principled leaders

Through a combination of hard skills, inner transformation and immersive experiences across India, ISD will nurture principled leaders with moral courage and imagination to achieve sarvodaya.

21st century Sabarmati Ashram

Indian School of Democracy, nurtures principled leaders who wish to serve the country through politics.


We believe that ISD cannot do this alone.

The larger ecosystem needs to come together and we have to collectively nurture these principled leaders for public service.


ISD has its own programs but works very intentionally with other partners to create more learning spaces to achieve scale. 

The 3 main programs under ISD are:

Flagship 1-Year Residential Program

She Represents 

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Democracy Express

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Flagship 1 Year Residential Program

ISD's flagship 1 year executive program for aspiring public leaders launches this Nov 2020. The program will have excellent faculty, a mix of academics and practitioners across the political spectrum. This executive model is designed in 3 cycles of residentials (3 weeks each) followed by field time (3 months each) in their own work areas. Residentials will be full time including travel and immersion in different parts of india. When the participants are on the field, they will be taught by some of the best faculty using technology and will engage in on ground political activities. 

She Represents 

ISD believes that the world and India need more women in politics. Hence we organize a 7 day online program for women who want to become principled political leaders. During the program, these women learn the hard skills to enter politics, get exposure to journeys and stories of other female politicians and also get to engage in community building activities.

She Represents 2020 had 20 women from 9 different states of the country and speakers from across political parties. 

Democracy Express

ISD organizes an annual 10-days immersive journey, Democracy Express to engage with principled, progressive, and unsung heroes of Indian politics. The purpose of this journey is to change the narrative around politics, reclaim it, introduce the youth to good politics and build a community.

After the successful first edition of Democracy Express 2019,  in 2020 we go to South India in December 2020. Stay tuned. 


Module-based learning from experts

Guest lectures


Spaces for dialogue



Holding environment for learning & sharing

Peer collaborative groups

Reflective journeys & processes


Field immersions

Shram daan on campus everyday

Service for community

Community engagement activities 

Highlights of Programs at ISD

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