Anoushka Kiyawat


hometown: Singapore

role: Editor for East Asia

A bit about me and where I’m from:

I’m a sophomore at The Lawrenceville School and I have lived in Singapore, Princeton and Mumbai. I consider my hometown to be both India and Singapore.

Our current Prime Minister of India is Narendra Modi, a member of an Indian nationalist party. India is the world’s largest democracy, with the world’s largest population (most of which live in poverty). Almost 70 years ago, India was freed from British colonial rule. British rule greatly impeded India’s progress as a nation, but now, India is on the rise. It is going through a surge of change, political and social. Though still a developing country, India is playing a larger and larger part in the world. Singapore, on the other hand, is one of the business hubs of Asia, and is considered one of the safest places to live in the entire world. Singapore is undoubtedly an extremely urban and developed city-state. It has been rated the “Easiest Place to Do Business” by the World Bank for 10 consecutive years. Both of these countries are extremely diverse, and one of my goals is to expose students here to the rest of the world, to show others interesting aspects of other countries besides the U.S.

I’m really interested in all types of politics, but I’m especially interested in issues of social justice, including LGBT rights, women’s rights, race issues, and class disparity. Since I’ve moved around a lot, I am a global citizen, and care deeply about current events.