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Early Life: The Economy and a President

Sharad Vivek Sagar was born around the same time India opened its economy to the rest of the world and in the same place where the first President of India was born. He was named after two great Indians. Sagar in his name comes from the great Indian scholar and social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, who championed the cause of women empowerment in India. Vivek in his name comes from Swami Vivekananda, the great Indian visionary and spiritual leader who reintroduced the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and whose birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day in India.

Sharad was born in a small village of Bihar and brought up in six small towns of the state. Due to a lack of good schools and libraries in these towns and villages and the inability of the family to pay for an expensive education outside, Sharad was educated at home till the age of 12. During this phase, Sharad’s only formal training was in a Korean Martial Art. He trained under black belts in Taekwondo and competed at District and State Levels.

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