Guest Visit: Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting ​


On 5th September, Sadhguru brought a distinguished guest to IHS – Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore AVSM, Veteran Indian shooter and the current Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting. Mr. Rathore provided a brief background about himself and his journey into politics. He spoke about his school days, his time at the the National Defence Academy, and his service in the Indian Army where he retired as a Lt Colonel ​in 2013, before joining politics. He then went on to explain how he pursued his ambition to become a professional shooter. Against all odds and in an almost Ekalavya-type of scenario, he learnt the techniques of shooting indirectly from observing a mentor, and went on to win the Silver Medal in Men’s Double Trap at the 2004 Summer Olympic​s​ in Athens, as well as 25 additional International Medals over a span of four years. Mr. Rathore then engaged students in a question and answer session. Students were truly inspired by Mr. Rathore’s humility and capability to connect and articulate his experiences, and were left with a newfound sense of optimism and reassurance that dreams can be pursued so long as one maintains steadfast commitment and determination.