At INSEAD, we put diversity at the heart. As most of us already have come to know, the 14J class is an extraordinary mix of vibrant, inspirational and exceptional people.
This is the sixth article in a blog series, that aims to capture some of the diversity that exists in abundance at INSEAD. It will profile some of our most distinctive class members, asking them to share their unique stories about life, moments of joy, but most importantly about their hopes and dreams.
So, sixth out in our profile series is…..
Nationality: Indian / American
If you had a superpower, which one would it be?
I would stop military conflicts all around the world.
If you were a sportsman…
I would be Sachin Tendulkar, cricketer in India, because he has been carrying the expectations of 1.2bn people for 20 years. That is some pressure to handle!
When not in class, we can find you?
On a beach or mountaintop in a random country
1. From Black Hawk in the US Army to INSEAD, your background is quite different from most students in business school. Tell us how your professional career to date has led you to business school.
I was born and spent my childhood growing up in India. My father was employed by a government agency that worked with the army, and so, my family moved to Jammu & Kashmir. From a young age, I was exposed to the army, but my parents never encouraged me to join the forces. At the age of 18, I moved to the United States to undertake a degree in engineering. The plan was all along to get a corporate job after graduation, but so, something happened that changed my life forever.
On 26 November, Mumbai was struck by twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days, leaving 164 people dead and wounding more than 300 people. I was in the United States when it happened, but my grandparents and lots of family friends experienced the terror on the ground in Mumbai. My mother and maternal grandparents are from Mumbai.
I felt so angry, so frustrated that innocent people would fall victim for such cruelty and evil. Many of my Pakistani friends, even though they had nothing to do with the terrorist organisation and lived peaceful lives in harmony with other religions, felt so embarrassed. This caused a lot of strain on the civilian communities, and I felt so hopeless about the situation I had to speak up.