Article by Lada Peshkovsky
It has now been over a month since we lost one of this world’s best and brightest, Sudeeksha Bhati. Sudeeksha would have been a junior here at Babson this semester, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone as deserving of all that Babson had to offer as she was. She had to fight for her education. As the daughter of a small tea shop owner and the eldest of six siblings, she not only managed to graduate from VidyaGyan school as a district topper but also secured a full scholarship to Babson in the class of 2022. On campus, she was involved in BPA, Babson India Symposium, and the Global Scholar program. She also found different ways of giving back to the community--I met her as my host for Accepted Students Day back in the spring semester of 2019 before I had even committed to this school.
One of her close friends Sakshi Haria, characterized her as hardworking, dynamic, and brilliant as she recounted how they bonded over being told their dreams were unrealistic and unattainable. They were told they were aiming too high, that their gender and position in life are obstacles too grand to overcome. Yet her willingness to never give up and smile through everything brought her so far in the two decades she lived, and there is no doubt that the world is better for it.
“She was so much to so many people,” Haria went on to say, “I hope that we can make a world that is deserving of people like her because right now we don't have that world.”
She was a very ambitious and positive person. She cared about the people around her and was determined to create a better future. It was Sudeeksha’s goal to make her country a better place, specifically by building a school in her hometown, and she was already making strides towards that dream. She and her younger sister partnered with Ubharti. This nonprofit organization connects strong, entrepreneurial women in rural India to improve women’s education, and they helped Sudeeksha and her sister set up a learning center in their village. Mousumi Dasgupta, Ubharti’s founder, was also working closely alongside Sudeeksha in creating a video series about teaching young girls how to plan for a college education.
Only a week before her passing, she shared on Facebook the various ways that she was taking advantage of the extra time she had because of Covid-19. She enrolled in multiple Coursera and LinkedIn Learning courses such as Bloomberg Marketing Concepts, CFI’s Financial Modelling and Valuation Certification and Financial Markets. She was also designing her own English course called Communicative English Learning to help young adults in rural areas have more opportunities and better employment prospects. She was also researching topics such as curbing domestic violence from its roots, normalizing mental health discussions in India, this pandemic’s long-lasting effects on ruralism and empowering mindfulness in marginalized societies.
“I believe that in order to present yourself authentically and confidently there is a huge part that we miss: Self-Awareness. I think this summer I spent a lot of time improving my skills and learning more about myself, my working style and preferences which is an important part towards a successful career.” -
Sudeeksha was simply one of those brilliant people that was overflowing with goodness and teeming with potential. Haria, who considered her family, said, “I want people to remember that it doesn't matter how many people you meet, what matters is how much you matter to the people you meet. Her life was amazing no matter how short it was.”
Sources: Sakshi Haria (interview) and Facebook (Sudeeksha’s account)