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In 2018, we planted the seeds for the foundation for Indian School of Democracy in the hope that it would eventually become an institution that nurtures principled leaders. The people at Indian School of Democracy come from politically and socially diverse backgrounds, but we share the same unwavering principles, vision and values that reside in the idea of sarvodaya.


We are passionate about nation-building and carry an unflinching commitment to India and its people.

We are recruiting for 1 role: Program Lead. The link to Job Description is here: 


Meet the Team



Prakhar Bhartiya

Prakhar Bhartiya is a Teach for India 2009 Fellow and founder of the grassroots leadership organization Youth Alliance (YA). He built YA from the ground up and created immersive journeys into rural India for the youth. A mentor to multiple social entrepreneurs, Prakhar also serves on the board of other non-profits such as Kat Katha that works with sex-workers in Delhi and Shikshartha that works on contextual education in tribal Chattisgarh.

In 2018, he transitioned from Youth Alliance to co-found, Indian School of Democracy. He did his MPA from Columbia University. He makes work fun for himself and for those around him. Conversations over coffee are his food for thought. Inspired by Vinobha, he wants to walk across India and commit his life towards connecting hearts.

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Hemakshi Meghani

Hemakshi Meghani graduated from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) with a Master’s in Public Policy as a World Bank Graduate Scholar. She started her journey as a Teach For India fellow, has worked with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and was a part of two start-ups in the education and socio-political consulting space. Hemakshi is among the 18 social entrepreneurs selected globally to be a 2022 Echoing Green Fellow.

Hemakshi has attended and facilitated various leadership forums across the world, and is a trained coach in adaptive leadership. She is very passionate about politics, bottom-up social reform and making democracy work for every citizen of the country. She enjoys travelling to remote parts of the country, and going on outer and inner journeys. Hemakshi’s dream is to become a farmer someday.

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Ankit Navasha

Ankit has worked as a Right to the City activist, and primarily advocated for housing and social security of informal workers. He has studied journalism and Social Work from University of Delhi and has written extensively for news portals. He has previously worked with Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) and National Hawker Federation.



Sagar Nain

Sagar helps us find participants from across the country.
In 2020, he graduated from Ashoka University's Young India Fellowship. He has completed his B.Com(H) from Delhi University.

He enjoys reading books, jogging and interacting with people from different walks of life.



Pousali Sarkar

Pousali is a  graduate of political science from University of Delhi and a Young India Fellow.  Her work lies at the intersection of political literacy, active citizenship and delivery of government schemes to the most vulnerable sections of the society. She has worked on a project with Azim Premji University on service delivery of MGNREGA and PDS entitlements to the migrant workers from Jharkhand. Alongside this, she enjoys theatre, art and connecting with people through literature and songs.



Sameer Yadav

Sameer holds a post-graduation in Development Studies and a Master's in Peace Studies. Driven by a passion for peace-building, he has contributed to the Youth Peace and Security agenda in South Asia. As a humble social entrepreneur, Sameer founded a company advocating for a borderless world. He appreciates exploring diverse cultures and histories through food and aspires to become a chef.  Sameer's diverse interests include philosophy and spirituality, 

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Pavan Korada

Pavan is an engineer turned political scientist. He posses more than eight years of experience working as a journalist and a political consultant. Previously he worked with The Wire, The News Minute and IPAC. His areas of interest lie at the intersection of data, politics and culture. He enjoys reading books, talking about them and singing songs in Telugu and Hindi!

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Anupama is a graduate in Journalism from Delhi university and a postgraduate in Social work- Criminology and Justice from TISS. She has previously worked as a political consultant at IPAC and a youth development professional at Pravah. Passionate about having young people in politics, she hopes to derive from both experiences and lend a hand in the cause of building principled moral leadership and have young people engage more in this domain. Alongside this, she enjoys listening to music from across the country and beyond (self-certified BTS ARMY), occasionally picking up the ukulele and is really good at cracking bad jokes


Our Mentors


Anurag Behar

Azim Premji Foundation


Arun Maira

Ex Planning Commission,

BCG India Chairman, TAAS


Naghma Mulla

CEO, EdelGive Foundation


Paresh Sukthankar

Former Deputy MD, HDFC Bank


Tara Krishnaswamy


Shakti - Political power to Women


Ujwal Thakar

Educate Girls,
Ex-CEO Pratham India


Venkat Krishnan

India Welfare Trust,

Daan Utsav, Give India

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