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#PolicyProfile: Inderjeet Singh MPP '23

Apr 28 2023
By Brittany N. Murray
Source Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

“My father was the first literate person in the family, and when I went to college in Delhi, that was still uncommon in our family at that time. My grandparents migrated to India from Pakistan. They were landless laborers, tending somebody else's fields and struggling for their meals every day. But they understood that education could bring career advancement and prosperity.

After high school, I went to Delhi to pursue engineering and was exposed to many things that a small-town boy would not have been — debating and interacting with people from different parts of India or from abroad. That was when I started thinking more about my career, as well as how I could contribute to society at large."
Inderjeet Singh MPP ’23

I began working for the Indian Administrative Service in 2010 and have worked in various parts of the state of Rajasthan. My role as a district magistrate is to ensure welfare programs, providing people with food, clothing, and housing. I've worked in that position around 10 years, which is highly demanding, but, at the same time, highly satisfying. I’m very passionate about women's empowerment, and within that, I’ve focused on three things: education, health, and livelihoods. Working with tribal women in a very remote district in Rajasthan, we started a women’s empowerment program in which we made sure that technology and women came together. That campaign went on to prove — not to the state but to the government of India at large — that women had the capacity and the talent to take that initiative forward. This went on to win the Prime Minister's Award, and the same model was replicated across India. I follow the dictum given by Mahatma Gandhi to be the change that you wish to see in the world. If I wish that people like my grandparents should have the best in their lives, it is people like us at the small or medium level who will have to start. That’s what ultimately brought me to SPIA — to challenge my thinking and challenge my views. I want to get back to my public service with renewed vigor.”

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