I am the grandson of Sikh villagers, who became refugees after the 1947 Partition of India.
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, I received a classical British education, leading me to Cambridge University where I studied Anthropology.
Upon graduating, I embarked on a tour of the world, visiting ecovillages, meeting with pragmatic utopians, and re-discovering the fundamentally spiritual nature of reality.
At the same time, I was running an education business I had co-founded with my brother. First we delivered workshops around the world and seemed to inspire hundreds of students. Then we tried to create a new kind of university, which didn’t work out.
At that point, I trained as a community organiser working with refugees, became the first Ambassador for Democracy Earth, gave this TEDx talk envisaging a future world democracy, and ran an election campaign in my hometown. I learned a lot from all this.
Now, I’ve moved out of the city, started a family, joined the MakeSoil movement, and set a new intention to live a life that is ‘ruled by love’.
For me, that involves taking personal, direct actions such as:
> Fasting 1 day every week, 3 days every month, and 5 days every season, to remind myself of my spiritual nature, and to express solidarity with all those in suffering
> Practising Nonviolent Communication
> Eating vegetarian
> Making soil and growing food
> Making an honest living in service of others
> Eschewing any ‘passive income’ derived from things like interest, rent or investor returns
> Participating in local projects that support nature and serve the community
> Transitioning out of the money system, and into the gift economy
> Withdrawing my support for the bureaucratic state, by minimising my payment of taxes, and boycotting elections
> Encouraging people I know to join me in taking some of the above actions