, nobody cares about what that guy says or thinks anyway.
When Indian lawyers who have won scholarships promising to change India are thrilled to announce their jobs with foreign governments, I wonder how long we have to go before we can really get rid of our colonial hangover.Answer: very, very long.
you make your own assumption as to the reason why indians abroad do not want to mention their undergrad unis
you read some of the profiles and it seems as if their career started magically from oxford
This has NOTHING to do with their amazing careers and achievements, so please do not assume things and downvote this to oblivion!
Aap chronology samjhiye.
1. Lavanya Rajamani, 1996: Now professor at Oxford
2. Sandeep Gopalan, 1997: Now Vice Chancellor of Piedmont International University, USA
3. Menaka Guruswamy, 1998: Now Senior Advocate in Delhi
4. Sudhir Krishnaswamy, 1998: Now VC of NLSIU (FYI the Jindal VC also won Rhodes the same year)
5. Thomas Sebastian, 1999: Now barrister in London
6. Sandeep Sreekumar, 1999: Now assistant professor of philosophy in Baruch College, New York
7. Dev Gangjee, 2000: Now professor at Oxford
8. Nandan Kamath, 2000: Now heading his own sports law practice in India
9. Rahul Rao, 2001: Now Reader in politics and international studies at SOAS
10. Sameer Singh, 2002: Went into consulting and entrepreneurship
11. Shyamkrishna Balganesh, 2003: Professor at UPenn
12. Prithviraj Datta, 2004: Visiting assistant professor, department of government, Franklin & Marshall College
13. Tarunabh Khaitan, 2004: Professor and Vice Dean at Oxford
14. Neha Jain, 2005: Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
15. Ramya Raghuram, 2007: Managing Associate at Simmons & Simmons, London
16. Arghya Sengupta, 2008: Heading Vidhi
17. Sushila Rao, 2009: Associate, Davis Polk, New York
18. Niranjan V, 2010: Barrister at One Essex Court, London
19. Gautam Bhatia, 2011: Lawyer, author and blogger
20. Vrinda Bhandari, 2012: Practising in India
21. Anupama Kumar, 2013: Policy research in India
22. Raag Yadava, 2014: Teaching at NLSIU
23. Mansi Sood, 2015: Practising in India
24. Vanshaj Jain, 2017: Pursuing DPhil
Also, how does he know that Amba won't return to India after a few years? Is his problem then that Amba may get a job with the Indian government, as his second tweet is hinting? What is the problem with that, exactly? Manmohan Singh worked with the World Bank, Raghuram Rajan was at Chicago... so many examples.
Is it that Arghya is jealous that he himself could not get an assignment like this abroad?
I’m sure the intentions of individuals are entirely noble. But should experience with foreign governments or firms be a qualification for lateral entry in india? That’s something we need to think about carefully. It’s given way more cred than it should and that is a deep bias.
Translation: Why doesn't Modi appoint me as an advisor to the government?
Most of them talk about their hopes of changing India in SoPs to get brownie points and since the questionnaires and SoPs ask 'how would you contribute to the society after completing your studies with the xyz scholarship'.
Imagine writing 'I aspire to work in a tier 1 law firm of India which, unlike US firms, does not engage in pro bono, and to aid rich men get richer'.
See, nobody has problems with people working abroad after winning scholarship from India. It's all that lofty ideas they talk about working for society, for the cause of unprivileged blah blah that seems fake when they join a corporate.
Timing of the tweet leads one to think if its a direct jab on this.
When Indian lawyers who have won scholarships promising to change India are thrilled to announce their jobs with foreign governments, I wonder how long we have to go before we can really get rid of our colonial hangover.
Answer: very, very long. https://twitter.com/Arghya_justify/status/1462145019171590145
I think NUJS is 20 years old. If we compare with NLSIU in 2008, by then Trilegal (founded by 3 NLSIU alumni) was already 8 years old and had made a big splash. ALF (founded by Lawrence Liang had Arvind Narrain) was also 8 years old and made a name. Aditya Sondhi was being regarded as a future star. Many more examples.
I think the difference is that NLSIU alumni have tended to be more risk takers compared with NUJS alumni. I think this could also be related to faculty. If you have faculty who inspire and motivate you to think out of the box, this may translate into thinking out of the box in career choices too. By "faculty" I am including alumni guest lecturers and other guest lecturers.
This is not a criticism, but an invitation to constructive debate!
Hats off, congratulations guys and gals!
Amba Kak, Rhodes Scholar and NUJS 2013 Batch Graduate, has now been appointed at the US FTC as a senior consultant on AI.
p.s. This post is not meant to stoke inter-NLU rivalry or NLU/non-NLU debate or anything like that. Just a good piece of news that can encourage Indian law grads to pursue non-conventional line of work maybe. Feel free to troll/downvote though, since I won't be visiting this thread again.