Research Team

Dr. Kota Neelima, is an author, political scientist, and former journalist, and founder of Institute of Perception Studies, conceptualized Rate the Debate. A Delhi University & JNU alumnus, she was Senior Research Fellow at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Her research has focused in the past 15 years on distress in rural and urban areas, and an assessment of the role that state and non- state initiatives play in identification and alleviation.
Aaron Mirza is a lawyer by qualification and an educator by passion. His areas of Interest include Education Policy, Global Politics, Defence & Military Strategy and Media & Political Communication. He has completed his Law from UPES, Dehradun and subsequently did his post-graduate studies in Diplomacy, Law and Business from OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat. He is a Researcher and Co-ordinates activities at Rate The Debate.
Mridul Vats is an advocate who has completed his Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Buckingham University, London. He has interest in the field of research and analysis and also diligently follows regular legal and political updates. Moreover, he has a keen interest in History and Economics. He works as a Research Associate with the Institute of Perception Studies (IPS), New Delhi.
Ashish Srivastava advises enterprises on business and financial strategies, particularly in establishing and scaling their presence overseas. His extensive experience across banking and financial services enables his unique insights into economic and fiscal policy and operations. A graduate in Computer Science, he obtained his MBA in Finance from IMM, Delhi. A keen follower of political strategy, he loves participating in Election Campaign Management, and watches a variety of sport in his spare time.


Santhosh D’Souza undertakes quantitative analysis and visualization of debate data. His 23 year career in enterprise technology culminated in leadership positions at three product companies. He now consults on technology, while pursuing his passion for current affairs, science and history. He graduated in Electronics & Communication from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore University.
Kushagra Saxena used to co-ordinate the activities of Rate the Debate’s team, ensuring the seamless production and dissemination of our reports. A passionate data scientist skilled in market research, NLP and Neural Networks, he obtained his post-graduation in Big Data Analytics and Data Science from the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, and is a strong engineering professional working in the information technology and services industry.
Kapish Sangha is a Computer Science engineer and an educator fellow by profession . He is a Public policy enthusiast and his area's of Interest are Education , Healthcare , Media, Technology , Agriculture and Digitalization. He has completed his engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology , Chennai and has done diploma in Graduation in Public policy from Takshashila Institution , Bangalore. He is a researcher with Rate The Debate.
Saptasindhu Basu studies the debates, records the statistics and provides the voice-over for Rate the Debate’s videos. A politically opinionated and passionate citizen, he is studying for his MBA in Marketing at Christ University, Bengaluru and aspires to be a social entrepreneur. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata and his interests include Public Speaking, Writing and Social Media Marketing.
Aditya Garg creates Rate the Debate videos that encapsulate the research. While he is professionally associated with the mining and manufacturing industry, his interests span travel consulting, graphics design, photography and blogging. Graduating from HR College, Mumbai, he earned his Master’s in International Business from Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
Kunal is a Management Consultant, Completed his education from DMS IIT Delhi passionate about technology, management, and its amalgamation with business. He has earlier worked as a Political Strategy Analyst. Kunal specializes in Management Consultantancy, Public Policy and Political strategies.