Election Year: 2020
Election Constituency: India
Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence
Rhodes Identifier: India & New 2020
Olana studies History at St. Stephen's College, Delhi. She grew interested in questions of history and violence when she interviewed survivors of the 1947 Partition of India, as part of a project with the Harvard South Asia Institute. To explore further, she pursued an online course offered by Harvard titled 'Religion, Conflict and Peace,' and interned with the Centre for Equity Studies, Delhi. At Oxford, Olana hopes to both understand the historical dynamics of violence in South Asia and to explore opportunities for peace through theatre and art. Outside the classroom, she is passionate about human rights, musical theatre, and wildlife. When she isn't reading, Olana enjoys taking long walks, listening to music and chatting with friends over tea.