Angellica Aribam

Former National General Secretary, National Students’ Union of India


Angellica is the former National General Secretary of the National Students’ Union of India, the students’ wing of the Indian National Congress. For more than five years, Angellica has been working on issues of race, gender, student welfare and the democratization of politics. Hailing from Manipur, in the ethnically and economically marginalized northeastern region of India, she was motivated to get involved in politics by experiencing injustice and discrimination firsthand, realizing that politics was the best way to change this status quo. She was the first student from the northeastern region of India to be elected in the Delhi University Executive Committee, India’s prominent student body, and she was named one of Forbes India’s “30 Under 30” in 2017.

She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Peking University, China. As a staunch advocate for gender and racial rights, she regularly writes for various Indian publications. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, and model.


She was selected as a Fellow for the first VV Engage Cohort.