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[Humans of ISC67] Participant Edition: Priyal Tale (Piyu)

#1 Please introduce yourself!

I am a final-year humanities student from India. I study subjects like Political Science, History and Philosophy from Government Vidarbha Institute of Science and Humanities, Amravati. My hobbies are gardening, reading novels, English calligraphy, drawing and listening to music. I also like traveling in railways to historical cities, museums, churches, temples, mosques, shrines, forts and even caves. I try to learn the philosophy behind these monuments and share it with my friends. My new lockdown hobby is cooking and I am experimenting with traditional dishes made especially during the festivals.

#2 What is your favorite thing about your country/city? Why?

I belong to a small district called Akola which is in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region in India. It is famous as ‘ The Cotton City of India’. In the past Akola was incorporated into several local Muslim kingdoms. The present-day city is a major road and rail junction and a commercial center trading chiefly in cotton. My favourite thing about India is its diversity. India is famous for her ‘Unity in Diversity. Diversity in every aspect like geography, biodiversity, history, language, culture, traditions, religions, festivals, cuisine, dances, music, dresses, and above all diversity of opinions. As rightly said by Mark Twain - “INDIA is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”

#3 What made you want to join ISC67 and your table? What would you like to achieve through the conference?

My goal behind attending ISC67 is that of asking many questions and finding many answers together. I like history, philosophy and political science so I keep on questioning whatever I read. It is a great opportunity to learn and interact with participants from all across the world. Working with delegates at the same table will broaden my perspective towards global issues and solutions. India is one of the largest democracies in the world and people’s participation in the soul of any democracy. I sometimes feel people try to maintain distance with both politics and politicians. Low participation of women and youth in politics is also one of the issues I am concerned about, so I believe in Table 1 (POLITICAL ACTIVISM AND PARTICIPATION Why They Take Part in Politics) I would be able to find a solution.

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