Engineer, former policy analyst, and finance professional
Riju Agrawal is an engineer, former policy analyst, and finance professional. He is currently on the Energy Private Equity team at The Blackstone Group, and was previously on the investment banking team of Morgan Stanley’s Global Energy Group. Riju graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a degree in Engineering Sciences, where he was co-founder of the Harvard U.S.-India Initiative and co-president of the Harvard College Global Energy Initiative. In 2011, Riju was selected to serve as a White House Intern, where he worked for the Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.
In addition, Riju currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Spark Clean Energy, was selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, is a member of the Application Review Committee for South by Southwest Eco, is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, is a mentor for PowerBridge New York, is a Director for Suprex Learning, and serves as a Guide (mentor) for young entrepreneurs through The Resolution Project. Riju has also been accepted to Harvard Business School and is currently deferring his admission.
When Modi was first running his campaign, it was subconsciously easy for me to ignore his dubious human rights record because as a middle-class Hindu, I would always be in the protected majority under his leadership. From this position of safety, I was able to minimize his secular shortcomings, which were likely inconsequential to my personal wellbeing, and maximize instead his professed economic agenda, which was likely to confer benefits to me.
The implosion of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the past several months is especially spectacular because of the lofty expectations that had accompanied its rise to power. The party that had once been heralded as the long-awaited solution, under the leadership of the Robin Hood-esque Arvind Kejriwal, to decades of complacency, corruption and incompetence in India's governing ranks is on the verge of becoming another forgotten footnote in future history books.
The debate on "whether tolerance has increased" is irrelevant to the search for solutions and is actually obfuscating the key issues. We have already seen how the misguided "blame-game" masquerading as a "debate" has seized much mindshare and potentially distracted politicians from the duty of governing, media from the task of reporting, and the populace from the burden of thinking.