A role model for all

By: Arjun K.

Vihaan Kaura, A role model for all

There are over 7 billion people in the world, but only a few have good ethics and morals in life. My cousin, Vihaan Kaura, belongs to this unique group of people. He has the ambitions and traits necessary to succeed in the real world. To discover what makes Vihaan so unique, listen to the interview below.

Technology, the end of extreme poverty as we know it

Extreme poverty is defined by people who live on less than $1.25 per day and is one of the world’s biggest issues. More than 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty all over the world which is almost 1/6 of the world’s population. Many people in extreme poverty are unemployed or work for little money, and lack access to the most basic resources that most people take for granted. The people of the world can rid the world of this terrible disease through the use of technology, old and new.

Specific tools have been developed to help impoverished families take stock of their current situation. These tools help families create a “gameplan” which allows them to prioritize which problems to attack first. According the World Economic Forum, “Traditionally, it has been a government social worker who administers a survey and then takes that information with them. Poverty Stoplight is the opposite. Here, a family assesses their level of poverty in 50 specific indicators, and the results are visualized in a dashboard for the family to use. Once that household’s deprivations are visualized in the dashboard, the family creates a customized plan to prioritize their problems and overcome them with the help of existing resources in the community.” Poverty stoplight is a tool that allows families to determine how impoverished they are through an easy to use interface that shows where the family is struggling and how to deal with those struggles. Some may argue that this technology is useless because it does nothing to get rid of poverty itself and does not provide aid through basic resources such as food, water, and shelter. Although, the first step to solving any problem and not just world poverty is figuring out how to solve it. Without having a plan in place, aid and support are simply just temporary relief and do not provide a permanent solution. Poverty spotlight is a great tool that can be used by many destitute families all over the world independently to determine their problems and how to solve them.

Preet Bharara, A great lawyer and man

Everyone has someone they feel is a hero in the world of celebrities and famous folk. For me, my hero is Preet Bharara. I believe a hero is someone who goes out of their way to help others regardless of the obstacles in their way. Preet Bharara uses his skill set to help others in the world and still continues to do his best even when he faces obstacles. Bharara is a U.S. attorney who has won almost all of his insider trading cases that he has participated in and has locked away many extremely dangerous people. Preet shows in many ways how he makes this country a safer place regardless of the obstacles in his path.

Bharara shows how he goes out of his way to help others when he brings a Tanzanian terrorist to justice: “In 2010 Bharara prosecuted Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian man who had played a significant role in the 1999 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa that killed more than 200 people. The trial received widespread attention because Ghailani was the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in a U.S. civilian court. Despite Bharara's work on the case, Ghailani was acquitted on more than 280 counts of murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment on one count of conspiracy to destroy government buildings” (Gale Biography in context). Bharara shows he was able to make sure that Ghailani was not able to harm or put any more people in danger. If Bharara was not able to imprison Ghailani, Ghailani may have been able to orchestrate another attack and hurt even more people. Bharara could have also decided to choose another case that would have been more convenient or profitable for him, but by using his skills for this case he showed how cares about others. Bharara’s family also had many difficulties that affected him as well when he was a child. Bharara’s parents had immigration issues that forced them to lose many assets and property. Both of his parents had come from displaced families which made it difficult to settle down in one area. Bharara’s father's side of the family was not well educated and his father was the first in his family to go to college and become a pediatrician. Bharara’s family was finally able to migrate to the U.S. in 1970 where Bharara’s brother became a pediatrician as well (Newsmakers 4). Bharara did not have the best educational foundational or support at the time to become the successful U.S. attorney he is today. Regardless of these obstacles, Bharara was still able to persevere, study hard, and succeed. He shows he is willing to put in the effort necessary to develop a skill set that he can use to help others.

The Essence of a True hero

The dictionary states that a hero is someone who is greatly admired for brave acts and fine qualities. But this only scratches the surface of what it means to to be a true hero. A true hero may not always be admired and recognized for everyone and helps others not for the fame and glory, but because they want to from their heart. Many people may think that a hero is someone who saves people from falling debris, runs into a burning building to save a child, or joins the navy to protect their country. Older siblings can be a hero to their younger siblings by teaching them how to do something which can provide invaluable experience for both of them. True heroes are not always recognized and do things that to help others to some that may not seem “heroic” on the surface.

A hero is a homeless man cleaning up a local park. Just image the pain and suffering this man must already be enduring on a daily basis. Consider the sacrifice he makes to give up his time to help the community when he could be helping himself. Yet his values are so strong that he still give up his time to make the park a better place for the people in his community who are most likely in a much better place than he is. This man believes in helping others to best of his ability regardless of the current obstacles in the way and he does not help anyone for glory but simply to make the lives of those he cares about better as much as he can.

Vihaan's speech for accepting Nobel Peace Prize

In my childhood, I had always dreamed of making a difference in the world. This passion continued to grow with me in my high school and college years and eventually became a burning desire of mine. As I became more passionate, others began to doubt me. They told me that there are many others like me that have tried and failed.
But in the end, they ended motivating me the most in my journey to success. They motivated me to work hard and succeed to prove them wrong. I would not be standing here to today without that motivation. I would not be standing here today without the support I have had my entire life from my friends and family. I would not be standing here today without spending countless hours working to create a better future for the people of the world. Before I leave, I wanted to share with you a bit of advice. People ask me the same question everywhere I go. How did I accomplish something so amazing? The answer I give them is simply hard work. In the wise words of Stephen King, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Thank you ladies and gentlemen for being here with me tonight and I feel more than honored to accept this award.

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