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Why I Traveled From Delhi, India to Columbia, SC Just to Volunteer for Bernie Sanders

Up until 2012 I was just a normal student, indifferent to the political affairs and not really concerned about the wrongdoings in the society. However, a large crowd did not share my apathy, and there were huge anti-corruption protests going on in India at the time. But up until this time, I really didn’t care.

In November 2012 something really historic happened. A faction of people who were participating in these protests against the government decided to form a political party of their own called the Aam Aadmi Party, literally, Common Man’s Party, which consisted of common people, doctors, engineers, teachers and most important of them, prominent and not-so-prominent grassroots activists. The idea behind the formation of this new political party was to enter the system and fight corruption from within. It sounded appealing and I decided to vote for them if they contested the Delhi state elections (it was and still is an extremely small political party to contest and win the entire nation).

Nish with Jane Cropped

Nishtha Sood with Jane Sanders

But in 2013 my life took a major turn. Somehow I got interested in joining this new political group and working for them. Since it was and is a crowd-funded political entity and does not take donations from billionaires in the country, they did not pay me anything and demanded complete passion and dedication from me. I was ready. I quit my job and went on a journey of financial insecurities and sleepless nights.

In 2014 there were elections in our country, and our party suffered a huge loss. India was won by a right-winged, conservative party called the BJP and Narendra Modi became our Prime Minister (I did not vote for him. I would never vote for him. He is a corporate slave). But we kept on campaigning. It was just the beginning.

In 2015 there were elections in Delhi, and we won by an absolute majority.

By then I had completely absorbed myself in politics, and was following every bit of national and international politics, world revolutions and grassroots movements with a new fervour. Towards the mid of 2015, three events of international significance happened. 

  1. Justin Trudeau became the Prime Minister of Canada
  2. Jeremy Corbyn rose to become the leader of the Labour Party in the UK
  3. Bernie Sanders was gaining popularity in the USA

These three events are connected by a common thread of leftism and an ideology that puts people before establishment. Coming from a third world country that is now being ruled by a right-winged government, I, needless to say, was happy that the world is changing for good and for the better. All  three of these leaders are anti-war, pro-people and pro-minorities.

I saw a grassroots movement by the people, of the people and for the people forming in the USA and as I read about Bernie Sanders, I learned that he voted against the Iraq war and listed the reasons why. This was a refreshing change from the earlier Presidents who were bloodthirsty to say the least. Now, even Tony Blair admits that Iraq war led to the rise of ISIS, which has now ravaged Syria, while we are debating whether to allow refugees in our country or not. I read about Bernie’s stance against NAFTA that has done nothing but exploit cheap labor in other countries, and his stance against TPP, which is even more dangerous than NAFTA. I read a lot. And most importantly, I read about how his and Corbyn’s rise has given and will continue to give a much-needed boost to the Left in India.

This was reason enough for me to pack my bags and come over to the States and help fuel the Bern. I talked to the South Carolina organisers and found out that they needed volunteers. So I poured in most of my savings into this trip, and here I am, in the United States, to volunteer for Bernie Sanders! And it is not for the USA or for India, but for the entire world. The world needs Sanders and the American population should keep this mind before they set out to vote.

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About Nishtha Sood

Nishtha is an ardent supporter of people's movements, and follows world politics very closely. She's associated with many grassroots organisations in India and is part of a political organisation that stemmed out of a people's movement against corruption. She believes Bernie as a President would have a major impact on the world, especially third world countries like India because of his stance against wars and oppressive trade deals.

13 Comments

  1. FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ RUA

    Thank you for helping the Bernie Sanders movement of an America For All Americans. I agree with you that it is time to get involved to create a new paradigm that puts humanity before profits.I too have been impressed with resurgence of Civil Rights in AMERICA with The Bernie Sanders campaign!! Rachel Maddow seems to understand this movement though the rest of the Media and Political Establishment have no clue!! Bernie Sanders is using a political campaign to usher a new Civil rights movement in America!! I hope that we get many activists like you to join us and fight a new Gandhian movement to end colonialism and inequality!!

  2. Nishtha thank you for bringing your spiritual and intellectual brilliance to The United States to support Bernie Sanders our next president here! I am a strong supporter of ethics generally and with “President Sanders ” ethics will have to prevail. He is a great example of clean living and clean attitudes which we desperately need in our country and our world. Peace on earth cannot continue to be an elusive dream ruined by the unbridled ego of a few. Everyone must do their job!
    Benie in the oval office in 2017!

  3. Jose

    Hi Nishtha,
    I am an Indian born US citizen and I truly understand your spirit and enthusiasm for a better world. It takes special courage to leave the comfort of of our home and go to a strange country for what you believe in. We are proud of you.

    Best of luck with all your efforts

    Jose

  4. lauren

    you are incredible always remember this. what a passion to give to your life.

  5. Kathryn O'Connor

    Nishtha – THANK YOU!!! SO MUCH!! for all you are doing in India — and now for us in the US!! I couldn’t agree with you more — there is a wave that is moving through the world — Corbyn and Trudeau’s wins in Britain and Canada proved the world IS ready!! If Bernie can win this election — it will mean so much for the transformation of this planet!! So many people are working for this change — so happy to know you!!

  6. Sagar Vishnoi

    Proud of you Nishtha sood! You’ve got amazing passion to create change.

  7. James Fields

    Thank you!!! So inspiring what you are doing!! Bug hugs!!

  8. Linda S.

    Thank you Nishtha! We’ve known for years that we in Vermont had something special in Bernie Sanders. I am so proud of him and all the volunteers that work so hard and long for a revolution that is much needed in the USA and will help change the world. Thank you so much for your foresight and passion and for bringing it to our shores to work for this change! Thank you for being you!

  9. sandra

    You have filled me with joy and I am crying with happiness. Thank you soooo much for your commitment, dedication and common respect and love for Bernie. I have been praying for him for years. Hugs to you.

    • Lynn Warner

      I love your story! I appreciate so much your enthusiasm for participating in the peaceful political revolution that is happening in the United States, as well as in your own country. I have never campaigned for anyone in my life but have become a full-time volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, willing to go anywhere for any period of time to help him win the Democratic nomination and then the Presidency. Nothing has ever felt more important to me or created the intensity of conviction as taking on the big money establishment that has corrupted the political process in the United States. Thank you for helping us change not only our country, but with more people like you, the world.

  10. William W Haywood

    We need a whole planet full of wonderful and intelligent, compassionate, people like you. It is good to know that folks like you exist. It makes it better for all of us…Thank you for your wonderful help!

  11. Egil Henrik Lehmann

    Those who value profit above everything else, are allowed to

    The rich are prisoners of their own systems. They must understand that valuing profits above everything else leads to economic crises. Eventually, mankind may drift back to a dark age, when nations and clans fight and kill for resources. Therefore, we the people must elect leaders that refuse to serve the rich. Political activity must not be dependent on the goodwill of the rich.

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