Upinder soon after emerging from a colorful and delightful teens. During my teens I was fortunate to have been guided skillfully by my learned and cultured parents.
Upinder performing Chubuka Upari (Chin-up) in NYC, 2008. During this period I could surely lift more weights than this. As of now (2021) I am moving towards my mid-seventies. The main aim now is to maintain the capability (for the next decade) as in the photograph or even enhance this if possible. Hopefully, Lord Rudra of Haramukuta (patron god of us Kashmiri Pandits) will assist me in this.
Upinder 2021. Just outside where I live at present in NYC.
Dr. Upinder Fotadar had his schooling at The Lawrence School Sanawar in India and higher education in Europe at the University of Ghent. Following this, he has held academic positions at some of the elite universities, such as the Rockefeller University, University of Texas, etc. Dr. Fotadar was a Guest Investigator (Faculty) at the Rockefeller University.
Dr. Upinder Fotadar has written extensively on political affairs and history in many Indian and international publications, such as The New York Times, Guardian, etc.
Upinder comes from a physically ardent family and he has been the University of Kanpur Lightweight and Middleweight weightlifting champion, and record holder during the period 1969-70.
Moreover, Upinder has been rather fortunate to have traveled extensively, at a young age, in different regions of the world. This has given him a bounteous understanding and appreciation of different people and cultures. He is a citizen of Bharat.
A Praudha Bharatvasi-Koshurbatta, Upinder follows the Rigvedic Lord Rudra of Haramukuta. He venerates Agun (Agni) and interestingly is also a direct descendant of Manu. He is also greatly influenced by Mahrana Pratap and Gandhiji.
"I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any".
-- Mahatma Gandhi