“Me? I am a human being blessed to be given the chance to help my fellow humans every day. I describe myself as a human being because I have a unique story and share no chapters or experience with that of 7 billion other people. “
That is how Tahil Sharma, a leader dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice portrays himself. His recent quote “Uphill battles are best won when we know how to take rest” Has now been adopted by many people around the globe.
Currently the Religious Director at the University of Southern California, he constantly strives to do what he can to make the world a better place through his local initiatives that are dedicated to interfaith cooperation and social justice.
Tahil, when asked about India, unravels memories of his childhood visits to India during vacations and how he still remembers the fragrance of rain that would engulf the NCR during monsoons.
“Our roots remind us of our strength in unison and our ability to make transformative change in the world.”
All the stereotypes against it in the minds of people is what became the foundation for Tahil to advocate, between communities of difference, the need to develop comprehensive solutions for many issues that communities share in the 21st century.
Being in a position to help people and bring a smile to their faces is the driving force behind his achievements. He wakes up with the willingness to feed empty stomachs, minds, and hearts, as well as with “chardi kala”, the relentless optimism that drives him to be the best person he can be. He cannot bear the idea of people suffering and that is what pushes him to come up with projects that not only help people in need but also inspires his co-workers to bring their best selves up front.
For the future, Tahil aspires to get involved world of politics to raise awareness and consciousness amongst communities that should understand that the human experience is not merely unique, but intersectional and hopes to collaborate more with communities in India interested in human rights and social justice work to build bridges with their counterparts in the United States.
Moreover, he believes that his never-ending faith and determination, his spirit to go on comes from his grandfather, Brid. Nardip Singh who has a profound impact on how he perceives his faith as a transformative power that allows helping people to be a driving force in his life because they deserve dignity and stability, like everyone.
Tahil’s inspiring message to India’s youth:
“Uphill battles are best won when we know when to take rest. As morally urgent and as significantly complicated our work can be, it is necessary to emphasize self-care so we do not get crushed and burdened by our desires to make a difference in the world. When the time is right, you will know to step away and let your mind and body recover. With fresh energy and perspectives, your projects and service will be more fruitful and more sustainable than you can imagine.”