Interviewee Guru Prakash
Graduation 2011 NLIU.
LLM. Indian Law Institute 2013.
Enrolled in Ph.D. in Law since October 2013.
Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National President, Youth Outreach.
India Foundation, Senior Research Fellow and Project Head.
Columnist – Huffington Post, Millennium Post, DNA.
Alumni of AIYD (The Australia India Youth Dialogue), 2017.
Interview by Nandini Garg, our campus leader from NLIU Bhopal.
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Guru Prakash, currently a Senior Research Fellow & Project Head at India Foundation, National President Dalit Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DICCI).
Tell us about your time as a student in NLIU, Bhopal.
Half-a decade in NLIU Bhopal has been the most learning phase of my life. We often use to say that this campus is place that converts a boy into a man. I would not comment upon the veracity of this hypothesis but it certainly has an impact on the growth and development of an individual.
The campus has a lot to offer in terms of diversity in every sense. Getting to meet, interact and make friends with people who tend to have contrarian worldview. The education and interaction helps you broaden your vision and imagination. I consider myself particularly fortunate to make acquaintances with people who continue to inspire me.
Tell us the kind of internships that you undertook for a career in development sector.
Internships again are an opportunity to build network and make relationships apart from the obvious core learning outcomes. I worked with couple of NGOs, Law firms and advocates who largely shaped and influenced my understanding of law as a vehicle of change and transformation.
More importantly, the relationships I cultivated at the time of internships remains a guiding force in my professional endeavours.
Most of the professionals working in development sector pursue a post-graduation course. Is it a sine-qua-non requirement or just another feather in the cap?
Nothing is a sine-qua-non requirement in life. I have completed my LL.M from Indian Law Institute in New Delhi with a dual specialization in Human Rights and Criminal Law.
Doing PG from India is relatively unheard of in the National Law School circuit. Many of my peers did go to Ivy league institutions for their LL.M. At the end of the day, it remains a personal choice and has a very limited impact on your career progression.
You have been associated with Huffington Post, DNA etc. as a columnist. Can you please tell us about the necessary skills required for the same? How can one develop these skills at law schools?
Law school education necessarily has an effect on your comprehension skills whether reading or writing. Writing is one of the most difficult tasks if you are not passionate about it. Both information and imagination is required in equal rigour to be a good writer.
With plethora of social media platforms available, I think young law students may try to moderate the intake of information. The more you information you consume the better it is for your writings initially but there comes a time in life of a writer where you have to develop a core area of expertise to stay relevant.
We would like to know about the nature of responsibilities and your work experience at the India Foundation.
Like stated, I am here as a Senior Research Fellow and Project Head. Out of three centres, I am associated with the Centre for Constitutional and Legal Studies, where we take emerging legal issues in the country.
The centre has organized a National Seminar on Hindu Jurisprudence with Indian Council of Philosophical Research where more than 30 papers were presented by senior scholars of the subject, academics, experts and young research fellows pursuing Ph.D.
Also, on the eve of Constitution Day last year, we organized a one day Symposium on ‘One Nation, One Election’ with Nehru Memorial and Museum Library, New Delhi where we had all the relevant stakeholders ranging from former chief election commissioners, advocates, parliamentarians, bureaucrats and members of civil society.
You are an alumnus of AIYD, 2017. Can you please tell us about the kind of dialogue and discussion that you engaged in the conference.
Australia India youth dialogue is a brilliant track 2 initiative which focuses on building better people to people relationships. Nation to nation relationships depends on the robustness of people to people relationships.
It was a cohort of young leaders from both the nations from diverse fields. The theme for this year was Health, Skill and Innovation where we got the opportunity to interact with policymakers from Australia. Wonderful experience to sum it up.
Any suggestion or advice for our readers.
Like stated previously, try and engage our young law students to read and write more on issues beyond the purview of law as well. Lawctopus is doing a great job of building an online community.
Keep sharing information on international exchanges, seminars, internship opportunities and more.
Remember the three magical words, sharing is caring. The more you share, the more you would end up benefitting yourselves in personal and professional life.