Pritikin, Joshua

I was born in 1973 in California. In college, I studied math, computer science, and psychology. Growing up, I was never interested in politics. It all seemed so artificial and scripted, but I never appreciated the extent of the problem until Senator Mike Gravel ran for president in 2008. Listening to Senator Gravel, Nader, and friends get their message out gave me a sense of the potential of this country.

I practice Sahaja Meditation, and I recognize that all people ought to have equal political rights before the law. However, expression of this fundamental human equality will never manifest as an integral component of America until inequities between law makers and law abiders can be reconciled. My mentor, Nirmala Srivastava, fought hard for the political independence of India from the British. She reasoned that spirituality could not find adequate expression in an injust political state. Therefore, the passage of NI4D (or some similar proposal) is of great urgency to me.

During the summer of 2008, I rewrote the NI4D website with assistance from Michael Grant. I added content from the 2002 Democracy Symposium which was formerly only available on audio CDs and attempted to reconstruct the reasoning which lead to the final draft of NI4D. With assistance from Michael Grant, I integrated an email handling system to permit more timely and professional handling of email.