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Rishiraj Chandan

National Law University, Delhi

Rishiraj, a cheerful young man who brightens your day with his energy, hails from the Banka district of Bihar. It is one of the most underdeveloped districts of the state when it comes to educational infrastructure. He completed his 10th standard from Simaria, a village in Bihar, with a CGPA of 10 out of 10 and his 12th standard from Tarapur, a nearby town, with a score of 76.6%. His father is the sole bread earner of the family of four. His father works as a medical representative and was earning around Rs. 20,000 monthly when Rishiraj joined as an IDIA Trainee.

Rishiraj’s inclination towards the field of law came at an early age of 15 when he interacted with an alumnus of National Law University, Jodhpur. He realised that law requires every skill that he is interested in and that he aspires to learn and use. These include communication skills, comprehension skills, and debating. He started researching on the internet for various opportunities for scholarships to pursue studies in law and came to know about IDIA. He reached out to our Bihar Chapter and was inducted as a Trainee by them.

Rishiraj says that law college has turned him into an ambitious person with an aim of providing justice and eliminating the social oppression taking place in society. He wants to be inducted in the justice delivery mechanism.

He described law as the wheels of a vehicle and said – “If any of the wheels are removed or mishandled then the whole vehicle would collapse. So, law for me is those wheels of society which leads it to run smoothly. Once I get to know more about the field after joining it, I would work to empower the people and community as I come from an underprivileged community which suffers. I will be familiar with the issues involved and problems faced by them, therefore, I can address them efficiently. To the society in large, I will work to enlighten people about the powers they have and also about the wrongs that need to be extirpated.”

Rishiraj never had the financial resources to afford proper education. He calls his struggle a blessing as it taught him to maintain a positive outlook and made him an ambitious person. The lack of privilege is something, which he believes taught him to respect things more than others and not to take things for granted. He is of the firm belief that education is the only tool to change the future.

Apart from studies, Rishiraj plays badminton and cricket. He was the school cricket team captain and led his school to win many accolades.

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