My name is Ashni Walia.
Because I believe that small steps lead to big changes, I believe that everything we do with the intention of extending a helping hand has an echoing impact. And I also believe that Postcards for Peace is just the organisation that would help me to make my voice heard.
I am a student from a small town of Ambala, with a population of about 100,000, in the state of Haryana, India. Belonging from a state where the sex ratio is around 861 women per thousand male (one of the lowest in India!), a state with growing numbers of female foeticide, a state with a literacy rate of 67.91%, I believe that it is very important for those few privileged and educated people to take the initiative to uplift their state from the clutches of poverty and illiteracy. I consider myself being one of them. I have a sea of opportunities before me and I have chosen to help. To achieve this goal, I want to be a part of this organisation and use it as a catalyst to give back to the world.
What I have learnt in my 17 years of existence in a tiny town of India is that we fail to see the problems in our society. When we choose not to see the problems, we choose not to fight against them. We choose to live and let live in deprivation. In my frustration and desire to do something, I started an online literary magazine called ‘Culaccino Magazine’. I feel that writing doesn’t take place in a vacuum; it takes place in a dynamic society and hence reflects it aptly. To take this ideology further and to increase the participation of students in the political process, I also founded the Next Generation Politics (a nonpartisan organisation whose goal is to foster enthusiasm and activism for the political process and government) Ambala Chapter.
Apart from this, I am also a writer for Her Culture Magazine, a Blog writer at Voices of Youth, First Reader at Polyphony HS and a Prose Reader at The Cerurove. I recently got selected in the Elite Writing Internship by United 4 Social Change as well and am a part of my school government where I hold the position of the Head Girl.
I want to make a change. I know I have the capability to do so (we all have!) and I know that Postcards for Peace can help me to help.