Age: 24
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio
Education: The Ohio State University, B.A. Political Science
Specific Field Interests: Sustainability, International Development, Ethics, Public Health
Placement: Vaagdhara, Banswada, Rajasthan
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Highlights: Parijat was born in India but grew up in Columbus, Ohio, from the age of 6 onward. He feels a sense of gratitude for the education and opportunities he has received and has always felt a sense of obligation to re-connect with and give back to India. At Ohio State University (OSU), this interest was intensified as he obtained his degree and worked intensively in the field of environment and sustainability. He hopes to obtain a PhD in Political Science one day, focusing on ethical development. He backpacked through the Himalayas in Nepal and spent a few months in India after he graduated from OSU, but he is so excited to experience India through a new and different lens as an AIF Clinton Fellow!

Posts by parijatjha


Reflections on Warmth

This fellowship was my introduction to development work. Prior to coming to India in September, […]


Problem Identification in Development: The Accountability Model

Sometime in March, I was conducting a food procurement and distribution survey and the strangest […]


Exploring HAAT Bazaars: A Step Towards Understanding Rural Markets in Southern Rajasthan

In the outskirts of Banswara district, in an area called Arthuna, lie a group of […]


Problem Solving in Development Part 2

As mentioned in most of my writing throughout the year, Anandpuri block, Banswara district and […]


Understanding Impact Through Community Volunteers

  It was a scorching hot day in April and I was riding as a […]


Avoiding Single Stories: Through a Photographer’s Lens

“Show a people as one thing. As only one thing, over and over again, and […]


Understanding Silhouettes: Exemplary Commitment in Banswara

Imagine it’s night time, the sun has set. You are walking along a dimly lit […]

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