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About the LAMP Fellowship
The Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship is a unique and an exciting opportunity for young Indians to learn law-making and public policy. LAMP Fellows are mentored by a Member of Parliament (MP) and work full-time with the assigned MP during a given year, starting from the Monsoon session of Parliament till the end of the Budget session. The primary role of a LAMP Fellow is to provide extensive research support to her/his MP for their parliamentary work. This includes drafting parliamentary questions for the MP, preparing the MP's speeches for zero hour debates, raising matters of public importance, drafting private members' bills etc.
When Parliament is not in session, LAMP Fellows engage with policy makers, experts from various think-tanks, academicians from several leading universities, and leaders from diverse public policy institutions through participation in workshops on important policy and development issues. LAMP Fellows also participate in field visits during the inter-session period for a practical exposure to governance at the ground level.
Life at LAMP
Meet our Fellows
For 3 years, I worked as a journalist, believing myself to be well informed, well versed with the functioning of the government. I remember spending hours during Parliament session, watching the proceedings, trying to look beyond disruptions to understand why so much noise was being made about policy paralysis. I had my own ideas about both politics and politicians; I was largely critical, and pessimistic about the way things worked in India. It took the Lokpal debate, intense research into the problems in drafting the Bill, and the discussions in Parliament, after which I first noticed the lacunae in my knowledge. This is where LAMP offered the unique opportunity to switch from being an observer, to a participant in the legislative process. I believe that this fellowship is a rare opportunity to work closely with the policy-makers - perhaps the only programme that allows an inexperienced individual to be exposed to governance.
As a student of Social Sciences, my academic experiences so far have given me a critical understanding of development in India and some of the issues that confront it. These experiences have also brought out the need for sustained research in development initiatives and policy making. To find out that the LAMP Fellowship aims to contribute toward institutionalising research work in Parliamentary functioning was therefore inspiring. At this stage in my career, the opportunity to work with a Member of Parliament seemed unparalleled in providing working knowledge of the political space and policy process. Through the fellowship, I also hope to identify the kind of role I would like to play in public policy and development in the future.
Having gone abroad for my higher education, I was inspired by the sense of political awareness and civic engagement that I was exposed to. This experience has shown me how an informed citizenry can form the essence of a vibrant and robust democracy. Ever since, I have been motivated to understand more about the dynamics of political and social change in my own country. I see the LAMP fellowship as a unique forum that will enable me to learn how policies are shaped and legislations are enacted, by interacting with people who are central to the political and legislative processes in India. As a LAMP Fellow, I hope to contribute to these processes in some way, gain an insight into the various challenges facing the public sector, and ultimately understand about how I can remain active in the field of policy and lawmaking in the career path that I pursue.
After attaining a degree in Finance, I spent a couple of years in the hedge fund and mutual fund research department of a global Financial Research company. I spent the last year of my job working after work on various policy issues. I worked for a Legislative Research Organization as a Research Fellow and organized a two-day national consultation on the Food Security Bill. I also worked extensively in the environment sector with various research organizations for technical research and MPs for policy research. Having presented research papers on various policy issues and having assisted MPs during elections, this Fellowship was an obvious choice. The LAMP Fellowship not only provides me with a structured training program to channel my passion productively but also an opportunity to work with highly qualified and like minded people.
Neha B. Joseph
What attracted me to the LAMP Fellowship was that it offered me an opportunity to witness first-hand, the workings of the Indian parliament and the intricacies of policy-making - the plurality of ideologies and perspectives that have to be considered, the interest groups that should be appeased, the balancing of various economic/political/social trade-offs and other processes integral to holistic policy-making. My coursework at IIT exposed me to some brilliant ideas: what constitutes ‘development’ and what developmental policy should encompass and address. The LAMP Fellowship gives me a chance to explore how these theories pan out on the ground: the interplay between theory and practice, what goes wrong, why it goes wrong and what should be done to rectify it. I look forward to the start of parliamentary session and a year of parliamentary questions, policy briefs and draft bills.
I graduated in law and worked for a year thereafter. I took up the LAMP Fellowship as it gives me an opportunity to undertake research associated with policy making and legislative drafting. Laws being the foundation of a civilized society, it is critical that (a) a clear vision is envisaged prior to drafting bills; (b) bills are systematically drafted to reflect such vision in its true sense and (c) bills are both certain and reader-friendly. Though the above are obvious, they are not automatically addressed in the absence of specific processes. This is also the case with other duties discharged by Members of Parliament (MPs). In India, we do not have an institutionalized mechanism with respect to law making or other duties performed by MPs and the consequence is what we see around us. I look upon the Fellowship as the first step towards building such a mechanism.
Prachi D. Jadhav
The LAMP fellowship aids fresh graduates like me to channelize our skills efficiently to put forth the views of young India while assisting the highly knowledgeable Members of Parliament in making well-analyzed decisions. When I first heard about the LAMP Fellowship, I realized that it would offer the opportunity to get first-hand experience of how my country functions. Being a humanities student, I am sensitized towards the issues like poverty, gender inequality and child education. With the academic boost that I will recieve after being a LAMP fellow I feel sure that I would be able to contribute towards the development of my country and its struggling masses. The diversity and richness of the research interests will be an excellent model of learning and I consider myself privileged to benefit from the spirit and belief of the Fellowship. In the longer run, I see myself working in the field of economics and public policy .
Plato wrote, “The price good men pay for indifference to political affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” There is an overwhelming sense of cynicism in the country, from our living rooms to television newsrooms. When I learned about this fellowship, it immediately appealed to me as a way to escape indifference towards politics and governance. In its unique structure, the fellowship enables one to actively participate in parliamentary democracy by way of assisting a Member of Parliament. The lessons to be learnt are only limited to one’s own determination as the policy-making exposure this platform provides is unparalleled in the country. Coming from a management background, I feel this fellowship will complement my previous experience and provide insight into how public policy shapes governance and the economy of a nation. The experience will certainly be an asset in any career path I choose to pursue beyond this fellowship.
After completing my graduation in economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, I wanted to do something bigger and better to make a difference in the society. The LAMP Fellowship provides me with an opportunity to explore development issues in the world and especially in our country. For a person who wants to enter the field of public policy and who has no idea of the parliamentary processes, the system of legislation, the policy making process and the field of politics, the LAMP Fellowship provides unique first hand experience in these areas, along with the added advantage of being mentored by a Member of Parliament. This program has an intrinsic worth of its own, which will only be felt after being a part of it. This is the most methodical and formal way to get into the system to bring about the revolution!!
Understanding the way in which any system works is absolutely essential to make meaningful and effective interventions. This fellowship gives me a chance to be at the nerve centre of our country, and witness firsthand, the deliberations, discussions, and thought processes that go into formulating a plan/policy for any sector. Academic exercises within a classroom need to be balanced out with exposure to how they play out within a larger framework. The very fact that this fellowship aims at combining rigorous academic research, with practical and result-oriented use of the findings, is perhaps the most attractive aspect of this fellowship. The LAMP Fellowship is an opportunity to observe firsthand, analyse and dissect social, political and economic occurrences, and also observe how these are viewed from the perspective of those MP’s, policy makers, experts, citizens and various other stakeholders engaged in the maintenance of this unique system of our nation.
I wish to be an integral part of the amazing journey called "Incredible India". I want to enter the field of public policy and contribute in a great way through effective implementation of economic policies. The LAMP Fellowship gives the youth of our country the incredible opportunity to contribute to the policy making process of the country at the highest level. Our parliament is a beacon of our commitment to democracy and inclusiveness. The very fact that I would in some way be able to work and play a part in the decisions that shape the future of my countryis exhilarating and overwhelming. The thought that my ideas and viewpoints would be heard by a Member of the Parliament would mean that my ideas have been considered for shaping decisions on major policies. This is an opportunity few 20 year olds could ever hope to achieve. I also believed that by assuming a lot of the research and back end work involved, I would be able to allow my MP more time to address the more important and pressing matters that he faces in his daily parliamentary routine.
As a Human Rights Lawyer committed towards societal change, I can think of no better training ground than the LAMP Fellowship. After all, where better to learn the socio-political and economic realities impacting our country than at the apex law-making body in the world’s largest democracy? Our Parliamentarians set the wheels in motion for change when they engage in policy formulation at the national-level. Being able to work with them will enable me to be an active part of this change, rather than its passive recipient. In this Fellowship, I see a unique platform – previously, legislative research, executive action and judicial discretion remained distinct, separate points on the governmental spectrum. LAMP, in its one-of-a-kind venture, manages to bring the three together by affording eager young minds like mine the opportunity to interact with my elected representatives, gauge public opinion, and help make balanced decisions backed by high calibre research.
Over the years, I've come across a lot of people who are laced with apathy and cynicism about our political system. While it is easy to comment from the outside, it is essential to understand the system from the inside first. This was the main driver behind me choosing the LAMP Fellowship. After attaining sufficient theoretical exposure to the politics of the country, it is time to experience it first hand. Youth participation and a strong connect between the citizens and the policy makers of the country is essential to bring about overall improvement in the system; and the LAMP Fellowship is one of the best platforms to pursue this. In order to expect anything from the system, one needs to contribute to the system. Therefore, I view the Fellowship as a starting point in my pursuit of engaging with our system in the long run.
Hameer Pratap Singh Chauhan
I have developed a keen interest in politics and public policy over the years. I have always been keen to know how policy was shaped and how parliamentarians worked. Having completed my graduation in management and being an entrepreneur, I want to know if understanding pubic policy and its dynamics would be a tool to achieve new synergies. I thought that this knowledge could be acquired only with time and experience - a rare opportunity that fell to a few and only at a later age. However, the LAMP fellowship completely changes this. It offers me the opportunity to gain this knowledge at the outset of my career. Instead of learning this later in life, I have the opportunity to build my career on this experience. The Fellowship is ideal since it taks in people from all fields possible, which ensures that nobody is at a disadvantage and you can play to your strengths and develop new ones.The opportunity that the LAMP Fellowshihp offers to work directly with MPs and understand the policy mechanisms is unmatched. It cannot be missed out on.
A staunch follower of politics, I have always wanted to understand how the system works from within. After graduating in the discipline of business management I knew that I had to switch tracks, but I had no clue about how I was going to accomplish this. Quite fortunately I heard about the LAMP fellowship; I knew that there could be no better platform if I had to understand the unknown nuances of politics and policy-making. Though it meant giving up a lucrative corporate job, I knew that the trade-off was worth it. I look forward to this program as it's a unique opportunity that shall allow me to interact with some of the most important stakeholders in the world’s largest democracy who facilitate its functioning.
For someone who aspires to be an integral part of the Indian political scenario someday, the LAMP fellowship is a blessing especially as I am just 20 years old. The chance to work with a Member of Parliament for a year ensures that I get a bird’s eye view of the policy making process of the country. The opportunity to be part of the process that pursues specific governmental goals through the application of public and private resources is something that I believe I will learn immensely from. Having completed my undergraduation in journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, the LAMP Fellowship should serve as the best possible foundation work experience for a year.
Ankur Kumar Sharma
Many of life’s circumstances are created by three basic choices: the disciplines you choose to keep, the people you choose to be with; and, the law you choose to obey' and the best synonym of these three is - 'POLITICS'. Being a Supreme Court lawyer, I have always been fascinated by India’s political process and the special role that Parliament plays in the sphere of constitutional governance and LAMP fellowship is a perfect platform to understand this. Working with the Indian Parliament will not only be a matter of great honour and prestige, but also gives you an insight into the legislative process and how the Parliament functions. This fellowship is an opportunity to analyse the work that an MP does for his constituency, understand the bureaucratic and administrative hurdles that he faces and how he counterbalances the various forces affecting his performance. Through this exposure, I will appreciate the nuances and ground realities of policy making, especially in a fragmented polity like India.
Teslin Maria Augustine
As someone who deeply cares about her surroundings and has always wanted to make a change, the LAMP Fellowship seemed like a natural choice for me. It allows me to work closely with legislators and lets me educate their views so that they in turn are in a better position to deal with the legislative needs of this country. Moreover, the Fellowship lays down the perfect foundation for a future in policy administration and helps me envisage my role in the system.
My interest in law and policy took me to a law school immediately after completing Class XII. Five years of rigorous training in a law school nurtured my understanding and interest in law and policy. My previous internships with government organizations made me experience the intellectual depth of research required at such places. The LAMP Fellowship is an appropriate forum for a ‘fresher’ like me to find a practical application of law and policy under the guidance of the doyens in the field. Hence I decided to defer my BCL offer from the University of Oxford this year and join the LAMP Fellowship instead. The critical understanding of the nuances of the system that I hope to get by the end of this fellowship shall help take my interest in law to the policy-making level and help bring promising practical solutions for my country.
I got particularly interested in the LAMP fellowship due to strong personal as well as career interests. While in the process of writing my dissertation titled “Economic Globalization, Gender and Culture -Disempowerment of Dalit Women in India”, I conducted primary field research which involved my traveling to the affected villages in West Bengal and extensive involvement with the communities (of lower caste women) concerned. This experience not only furthered my interest in gender and human rights issues in India but also fueled the decision to work in the field of Indian economic policy and development-and I decided to apply for this fellowship. The LAMP fellowship is an exciting and ideal way of enhancing the Indian policy making process. It is not only an effective democratic way of policy consultation with students/citizens with strong academic/ research backgrounds in relevant issues but also a method of vastly improving the policy formulation process through thoughtful and politically informed policy analysis.The fellowship is the ideal prospective for me simply because it offers me the opportunity to directly apply my passion, knowledge, skills and research to breaking issues in Indian politics and assist our MPs in our country's policy making process. I am extremely enthusiastic about getting the opportunity to participate in a meaningful role here.
I believe transformation is possible only when we understand the system and work with it. I aspire to become a people’s representative after completing my PhD. During my Masters degree, I was associated with various NGO's and worked a lot at field level. But I felt the need of learning more and doing similar work on a larger scale. When I learnt about PRS and the LAMP programme, I felt that the programme would be the best way for me to learn and understand policies and their impact on the public. In addition, working with a sitting MP will definitely boost my confidence, nurture leadership qualities and direct them in the right way.
As a student of economics, I once, came across the famous “Broken Window Fallacy” by Fredric Bastiat which illustrated how a good policy should encapsulate not just the short-term but also the long-term implications of a given decision. This was a start to my interest in the field of policy making and human behaviour. Despite spending my under-graduate time studying the nuances of policies, I was not sure if I was well equipped or had a comprehensive view of the policies that are made in the country. I joined LAMP fellowship, hoping that it will help me get a better grip on the way policies are made in the country. Also, I am a firm believer in human productivity and see LAMP as a platform where I can contribute a little towards a larger picture of policy in our country.
Every once in a while you are presented with an opportunity to pursue something which is not conventional, but holds great promise. It usually takes faith and courage of conviction to make commitment to such an opportunity. The LAMP fellowship was one such opportunity. If I was deeply passionate about entrepreneurship and finance, I was also enchanted by politics, policy and public life. This is a rare platform where you directly get access, opportunity to contribute and understand policy/politics. The dynamism of the PRS team, profile of the participating MPs, and the promise of a unique experience coupled with varied exposure sealed the deal for me.
Until recently I have only been a silent follower of the various legislative activities in this country but I have always wanted to be involved in and be a part of the functioning of our government and understanding its functioning from close quarters. I chose the LAMP Fellowship as it would give me a wonderful platform to do key research on major topics like policy making, bill making, security issues, and get involved in various social, economics and legislative issues as well as giving me the opportunity to work closely with the parliamentarians. I also intend to use the knowledge and experience gained during the Fellowship program to pursue a post graduate diploma in public policy and political science. This would help me get a better understanding of public policy formulation, analysis and implementation and also how to tackle new challenges in the area of policy movements, debates, amendment of bills and related issues. This would enable me to contribute positively towards the shaping of national policies.
Five years of studying Political Science has taught me a lot of theory. But after graduation I found myself thinking how I could put it to good use. Given that the corporate world will never be my calling, getting a ringside view of the policy process was an opportunity I had to capitalize on. The LAMP fellowship gives me the opportunity to put all that I’ve learnt into actual practice, and more importantly to learn so much more. As I look to pursue a Masters degree in International Relations in the future, the LAMP Fellowship is the ideal opportunity to understand how the political apparatus of the country works. While helping enhance my knowledge of the policy making process, the LAMP Fellowship should also help dispel my cynicism of the system.
The LAMP Fellowship primarily attracted me because of its unique profile. The Fellowship is by far the only opportunity in India to gain an insight into the legislative and policy-making process of the country. This programme supplements the Indian parliamentary process which is the very basis of our democracy and public policy. As a recent law graduate I was especially interested in the dichotomy and differences that exist in the process between interpretation of laws as a lawyer and implementing laws as part of the parliamentary process, complete with its dynamic political realities, so removed from the black-and-white diktats of legal precedents. I essentially joined the Fellowship to explore this difference.
I chose to apply for the LAMP Fellowship because it would enable me to witness first-hand how public policy is implemented in our country. The LAMP Fellowship is an opportunity that will provide me with direct contact with a Member of Parliament. LAMP Fellows can learn how to implement schemes that they read about in newspapers and policy documents every day.The combination of analytical research and understanding how things work in the field is at the crux of our democracy. This is a way of young individuals to understand and explore the policy space. In the future, I would like to work closely with the public as well as private sector organisations, international organisations and consultancies in order to learn about social entrepreneurship and innovation and its relationship with the formulation of public policies. The Fellowship will help me further my professional goals.
As a Political Science student for five years, I sometimes wonder if I am moving too far from the existing reality. While I’m equipped with different kind of theories, I have not always understood the realities on the ground. Yes, my discipline has initiated me into the field of politics; but I still deeply feel that I have missed something in this long process. I hope the LAMP fellowship will fill this gap. I also aspire to do further research in the field of Political Science which I hope this fellowship will assist with. In addition, what can be more satisfying than working and assisting the elected representatives of one's own country? The knowledge and exposure that first hand policy making will provide makes this fellowship more appealing to me than any other profession.
As a law student, I have been fascinated by the role of law and policy in bringing about macro-level changes. The LAMP Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to explore the policy-making process and understand the practical aspects, deliberations and considerations that go into the formulation of policies. I wish to pursue a career in the development of policies for the sustainable use of natural resources, and I hope that the experience of the LAMP Fellowship will help me in developing policies that will be effective and impactful.
Public Policy has been the space that has really excited me since my childhood. I have understood how powerful the influence of Government and Politics is across the world. Policy making as a field has always aroused me because of its job diversity, challenges and the satisfaction of being able to make a difference to the masses. My desire is to be a part of a dynamic and challenging job. By working as a LAMP fellow I will get an opportunity to work with the representatives at the highest level of decision-making. Further, my work could lead into the Parliament, which decides the final shape of the policy matter. After completing my Business Management in Finance and working for about one year in the Financial Services industry, LAMP fellowship provides me a perfect platform to pursue my penchant in Public Policy at an early stage of my career.
I chose to enter the LAMP Fellowship because it gives me an opportunity to examine legislative procedures and policy formulation at the highest level in Indian democracy. It will give me a very thorough training in quality research methodologies. Over the course of eleven months, as a LAMP Fellow I will get to learn in depth about the Government and economy. The Fellowship will give me rare exposure not just to the life and work of an MP but to the variety of people who surround him. I will keep an open mind which will help me learn from every single one of them. The Fellowship will also instill ethics, professionalism, initiative and self accountability which I am confident will stand me in good stead irrespective of what I choose to do after. Most importantly, the Fellowship gives me an opportunity to navigate a relatively unstructured environment, define my own goals and realize them on my own.
As a political enthusiast I feel it is necessary to gain a thorough understanding of policymaking in the country. The LAMP fellowship allows for such learning of policy nuances to coexist with a practical work environment. At the same time as assistants to MPs, we learn not just about the procedures involved in policy making, but also on the range of issues tackled by it. The very existence of such a challenging opportunity for youngsters armed with just a Bachelor degree made this program my first choice. Apart from which, the LAMP fellowship stood out as an ideal prospect as I have been keen to observe firsthand the interplay between Indian politics and policymaking.
"Beauty lies not in the bejewelled Gold But in the intricate workmanship of the Goldsmith" And that is what I have set out to seek by choosing the LAMP Fellowship. I want to see and understand the complex facets of a carefully formulated policy - something that directly or indirectly affects each one of us. The LAMP Fellowship, with its unique scale and proximity to the parliament’s activities, offers a vision that is truly encouraging. Going forward, the sheer possibility of being actively involved in an institution that potentially affects a billion people fascinates and inspires me.
I view the LAMP Fellowship as a vital stepping stone for my intellectual and professional growth. The LAMP Fellowship is committed to aiding the national policy-making process through world-class research and first-hand engagement with policy makers. Being a LAMP Fellow would allow me to acquire critical skills for addressing complex, interrelated problems through novel, non-traditional and multi-disciplinary approaches. It would enhance my understanding of the nexus between theoretical responses and public problems in real time and space. It would help me to contextualize the impact that public policies have – on people, markets and institutions– within the challenges faced in framing them. It would prepare me to work in the area of my choice – at the interface of government and business, and enable me to move between the public and private sectors. The LAMP Fellowship would afford me the satisfaction of contributing my skill-set to advance the public interest.
Having grown up outside India and hailing from a typical ‘middle-class’ family, I have grown up listening to much criticism of our politicians. However, I realised that much of this is based on common, often un-informed, perceptions about what goes on in the Centre. I wish to gain an understanding on how the policy process works and make an informed decision about the strengths and weakness of this process in the Indian context. The LAMP Fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to interact with legislators on a professional level. I hope that this experience will give me a better appreciation of the complexities our legislators face when creating policy to suit the needs of a large nation.
For someone who aspires to get into Indian politics or policy advocacy, the Fellowship is a distinctive opportunity to help me build my understanding of Indian polity and the implications of a range of issues. Regardless of my Pure Sciences background, the idea of working for the political system of my country seems of utmost importance. The LAMP Programme provides a unique opportunity with pragmatic training and thought provoking research that deals with matters of national importance. Interacting with MPs over comprehensive research is rare and can form a very productive package. It is a one of a kind opportunity that helps you overcome your misconceptions about the Parliamentarians and their world of politics. The LAMP experience will be valuable for any political career one intends to pursue!
The idea of indirectly working with the apex policy making institution of our county, led me to join this fellowship. This fellowship is a great platform to gather some professional exposure in the way out government functions. Assisting a MP in his regular parliamentary and legislative business will no doubt, provide an understanding of the system from within. I see this fellowship as a stepping stone to further explore my interests in the field of policy making.
After having completed my post graduation at LSE, the prospect of being mentored by a parliamentarian and being a part of the ground level legislation process seemed quite exciting. The LAMP Fellowship will provide me with an excellent platform of reaching my goals and fulfilling my aspirations of helping India find its rightful place in the world as not only an economic superpower, but a socially responsible and developed country. The unparalleled encouragement and guidance that the Fellowship provides will play a significant role. I am looking forward to interacting and working with the highly qualified and experienced dignitaries.
Becky Elizabeth Isaac
To do nothing less than my best for my country, was a promise I made to myself long back. As a social worker, two years of engaging with people and their problems at the grass roots, gave me a strong base on people’s perspective in various issues and has made my ambitions grow into becoming a ‘development worker’ and ‘change- maker’. I believe that anybody attempting to bring in policy changes should understand both sides of the change process- The perspectives of the policy makers, as well as the needs of the people. As a social worker I have a fair enough understanding of the bottom-up, people’s perspective, and the only one opportunity that would help me understand the policymaker’s top- down perspective is the LAMP fellowship. Hence, I did not have to think twice, before making the choice to take up LAMP. Through the fellowship, I aim to develop a mature and wholesome understanding and a balance of perspectives regarding the political dynamics and process of policy making in the country. I look at this fellowship as a great opportunity to contribute my bit to our democracy.
The general enigma behind policy making and politics , the desire to look beyond the stereotypical perceptions and an interest in the field drove me to be a part of this Fellowship. This is a platform not only to learn and understand Indian policy making and policy makers from a closer range by working with them but also to make a difference in the system by one's innovation and hard-work.
As a management student, I feel that the skills I have acquired during my undergraduate studies will help in shouldering some of the ground work that needs to be done by an MP. It will help the MP achieve a clearer understanding of the expectations of the people in his/her constituency. I have various ideas for creating the ‘Perfect India’, and to see these ideas being assimilated into legislation would be a gratifying experience. The LAMP Fellowship promises to provide enriching and intensive involvement in running the democratic setup in India, outside the confines of text books and, at times, coloured slides of the media. Not only is it a short stint as a worker in the field of policy research, it will, more importantly, be an education.
Iravati K. Damle
At the crossroads of my career, I had to choose between a promising job offer and the LAMP fellowship; I chose the latter. Having studied the development experience of India in a Masters programme in Development Studies, I was looking for an opening that would help me extrapolate my theoretical knowledge to the realities on the ground; an opportunity to learn and appreciate how our legislators accommodate the needs, aspirations and interests of various groups in a country as diverse as India through policy. The LAMP fellowship offered precisely that. All of this while providing research assistance to those at the heart of our democracy our parliamentarians in the political centre stage of the country - Delhi. It was a win-win situation for me. Over the next year, I hope to achieve a mature and rounded perspective of the miracle that is Indian democracy. Interacting with parliamentarians and industry experts, I look at this Fellowship to help me get a foot in the door. It’s the best opportunity at this stage in my career; as the experience will take me one step closer to knowing if I am cut out for working for the system through the traditional civil services route or through parallel channels.