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Nehal Agarwalla

YIF Class 2021

B.A. (Honours) History
Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi

Aware of the socio-economic position that Nehal comes from, one would usually find her reading a feminist work or maybe Dalit literature or engaging herself in philosophical readings ranging from nihilism to existentialism. She finds herself grappling with various issues, trying to systemically unlearn and jettison biases that stem from the institutions and structures she has been a part of for over 21 years now.
Nehal is extremely passionate about aspects of state formation and socio-economic organisation in Medieval India, modern history, facets of colonialism, and particularly the History of the US. Nehal sees herself academically driven and making a career of research and social activism.
A true Gandhian, driven by his philosophies of political organisation, unalienated self, his critique of modernity, and most importantly non-violence. As an individual Nehal is driven, feels passionate about the issues around gender essentialism, and seeks to challenge and dismantle the structures of patriarchy.
Often, arguing with herself on abstruse ideas of morality and self endeavours with the latter triumphing, she often feels that she is living in ‘BAD FAITH’ as Jean-Paul Sartre would say. Thus, she constantly finds herself in situations, arguing with herself and others about ideas of right and wrong, seeking to someday set out to do what she feels is ‘right’ for her. Believing in ideas of structuralism and viewing that as a tool for conflict transformation, Nehal strongly holds that ‘no man is bad’ and sees empathy as a key to any learning.

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