Service before self

Our Story

The thought of setting up an institution that nurtures young people for politics was first kindled in 2013.


Over the years, during our journeys in the development space, we learned that it is possible to set people on the path of personal transformation. 

We asked ourselves, why not do the same for politics and democracy?

In 2018, we planted the seeds for the foundation for Indian School of Democracy in hopes that it would eventually become an institution that nurtures principled leaders.

The people at Indian School of Democracy come from political and social 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 dedication to India and its people.


We are looking for one new team member for the role of  Communication & Outreach Associate 

The Job Description and application form can be found here 

( The link to application form is on last page of each JD)  

Prakjar Bhartiya,ISD, Co-founder

Prakhar Bhartiya


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Hemakshi Meghani, ISD, Co-fuonder

Hemakshi Meghani


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Anita, Indian School of Democracy, Prgram Lead

Anita Manoharan

Program Lead

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Dr. Paul Mathew

Research Lead 

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Our Mentors

Indian School of Democracy is advised by mentors with a diverse and long-standing set of experiences. This collaborative leadership is a unique reflection of everything ISD stands for and represents our core principles. They guide us with independent expert advice on research, organizational structure, and policy matters.

Azim Premji University,

and APPI

Anurag Behar

Arun Maira

Ex Planning Commission,

BCG India Chairman, TAS

Prof. Ashutosh Varshney

Professor, Brown University

Author & Expert-Indian Democracy

Preeta Bansal

MIT Media Lab,

Sr. Lawyer-Obama Administration

Tara Krishnaswamy


Shakti - Political power to Women

Ujwal Thakar

Educate Girls,

ex-CEO Pratham India

Venkat Krishnan

India Welfare Trust, Daan Utsav,

Give India

Paresh Sukthankar

Former Dy. MD, HDFC Bank

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