Born and raised in England, Rohan was prompted to explore his Indian roots by one of his undergraduate professors, who, upon hearing that he was planning his first trip to India, exclaimed: ‘You mean, you are half Indian but have never been to India!’ That was in 2001, and, suitably motivated, Rohan made his first visit that year, on a trip sponsored by his university Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.
Rohan taught secondary philosophy and religious studies immediately after graduation, before getting itchy feet and returning to India in 2006 to do a course called ‘Development from the Inside’ in Mysore. This was the starting point of a more concerted engagement with India which has culminated, via postgraduate studies in Education and a spell teaching in London, in the development sector in Delhi.
Worried about the direction in which India is currently headed, Rohan is also convinced that conscientisation of the public about the range of crises the country faces is the need of the hour. He thinks schools and colleges are the best places for this to happen. But, in India as in many other countries, it seems that too often real education happens only after leaving formal education. This, on both counts, is where The Ferdinand Centre comes in.