On the first day of class, a teacher will often ask the students to share what they did over the break.I was pleasantly surprised when, on the first day of my International Relations class, Dr. Hill Krishnan asked us to share our dreams.
“There was no running water in our homes. Women had to wait until darkness to use the woods for toilets, because they were not allowed to go outside during daytime.” These are the words of Hill Krishnan, recalling his experience growing up in India.
Born and raised in a “Most Backward Caste” in South India, political science professor Hill Krishnan came to the United States when he was 26 years old, with $1,140 and one suitcase.
While he was growing up in Dohnavur, Tamil Nadu, Hill Krishnan’s family had never owned a car, never had air conditioning, and lived in a thatched-roof home.