Sparsh Ahuja is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Dastaan, an Oxford-based VR and oral history venture that seeks to reconnect individuals displaced during the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan to their ancestral villages. He also co-founded a student leadership and empowerment initiative in Melbourne, Australia called Feel.Think.Flow, where he ran summits about Australian foreign policy to 200+ high school and university students. He worked as a summer associate last year at the Boston Consulting Group in London, and has more than 5 years in teaching experience across primary and secondary levels.
Sparsh is a FitzRandolph Scholar in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
Project Proposal | Project Dastaan
Sparsh Ahuja’s work reconnects individuals displaced during the 1947 Partition of India, the largest forced migration in recorded history, to their ancestral homes through cutting edge VR technology. Ahuja’s project gives the user an empathetic understanding of what life was like under the Empire. Distribution of a peace-building project has never been attempted through VR. However, invited to British Parliament in February 2019 to discuss how VR be used in the UK national curriculum, Ahuja deftly noted that the educational applications of the content are endless.
Social awareness and engagement is the heart of Ahuja’s work. Over a million people died during the Partition, the result of which continues inform the views that Indians and Pakistanis hold of each-other to the present day. Ahuja aims to recognize and immortalize the experiences of the Partition generation. The Project is ultimately about creating a lasting impact between generations old and young, and their history; an understanding that is priceless in a world where borders are increasingly fluid and tensions continue to rise.