Jagrati Thass (born January 15th 2002) is an Indian politician who is currently serving as the 17th Prime Minister of India. She co-founded the Aapki Kahani Party in 2042 and led it to victory in India’s 2049 elections.
Born in Vellore, Thass worked as a software engineer before joining the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2027. After her honourable discharge, she ran for mayor of Chennai in 2034, narrowly defeating her opponent and holding the office until 2040, when she was elected to the Indian parliament as a member of the Green Party.
In 2042, Thass formed the Aapki Kahani Party on a platform of liquid democracy, strong labour rights, and opposition to G6 and its use of neural colloids. She led Aapki Kahani to a plurality of parliamentary seats in India’s 2049 elections and became Prime Minister on March 18th 2049. The lack of an outright majority has required coalition building that has slowed implementation of Aapki Kahani policies.
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Jagrati Thass was born on January 15th 2002 in Vellore, India. A member of the Paraiyar caste group, she is the oldest of three children born to Bhavithran Thass, a schoolteacher, and Divya Thass, a former software engineer. When she was six years old, Thass’ mother lost her job during the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The family moved to Chennai, where her mother was able to find work at another software company, though she was laid off again in 2025 for labour organising. Thass often brings up her mother’s story when discussing her views on labour rights and outsourcing. 
Thass studied Computer Science at the University of Madras, completing her degree in 2025. She worked as a software engineer for two years before she left the industry, which she attributed to growing economic turmoil, although critics have alleged that it was forced on her by a case of industrial espionage.
In 2027, Thass joined the Indian Air Force (IAF), citing the need to support her younger siblings. She worked as an intelligence UAV operator during the 2028-2031 Sino-Indian War, claiming to have witnessed “examples of unscrupulous conduct” and multiple atrocities. Thass has never elaborated on these claims, stating that what she witnessed was classified.
In 2031, Thass took part in an IAF trial using implantable multielectrode arrays (MEAs) to test an experimental form of neurological control of UAVs. The MEA implants left a small number of users with seizures, auditory or visual damage, or hallucinations, with Thass losing partial vision in her right eye. This incident is often cited as the reason for her opposition to neural colloids, though Thass herself traces it to her belief in democracy. 
After her honourable discharge from the IAF in 2032, Thass worked in software for another two years. Frustrated by labour conditions in the sector, Thass announced her intention to run for mayor of Chennai in May 2034. Backed by Vikram Montrose, Thass’ grassroots campaign surprised her incumbent opponent, and she was narrowly elected on October 11th 2034.
The first year of Thass’ mayorship was stymied by overly ambitious projects and a lack of measurable progress, though her policies have been credited with reducing corruption in Chennai. Thass was widely acclaimed for her leadership during the Tamil Nadu flooding of January 2036. She used her visible role to call for greater investment in mitigation and adaptation to reduce the impacts of future flooding, and advocated for more sustainable environmental policies.
In 2040, Thass was recruited by the Green Party to run for Indian parliament, winning a seat during that year’s snap parliamentary elections. During her time in parliament, Thass became notorious for her agressive rhetoric concerning India’s role as a superpower and counterbalance to China on the global stage. She also objected to India’s vote in favour of Resolution ES-13/6 in February 2041 and the lack of a national referendum on the country’s adoption of G6. 
Aapki Kahani Party
In April 2042, Thass formed the Aapki Kahani Party along with Montrose. They organised the party against a modernisation and digitalisation of India’s democracy, pointing to widespread voter machine failure, long delays in tabulation, and the lingering mistrust of results during the 2040 parliamentary elections. Thass was responsible for inserting elements of liquid democracy into the party platform, arguing that “it is unreasonable to expect everyone to maintain full knowledge of all, or even most, political issues.” 
In 2043, Thass clashed with Montrose over her increasingly outspoken stance against colloids. Montrose left Aapki Kahani in August 2043, which resulted in a minor scandal when he claimed that Thass had ousted him after he had been diagnosed with Cariappa-Muren disease (CMD), and that she had “used a collocidal to disable her G6 colloid, or lied about getting one in the first place.”
In 2045, Thass introduced a revamped Aapki Kahani labour rights platform after several Indian companies and government ministries had mandated colloid implants to increase the productivity and loyalty of their workers. The Aapki Kahani platform eventually grew to encompass human rights as well as those of women, lower castes, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals, and the elderly. Thass also included popular policies on international trade, environmental issues, and workplace automation.
During the Indian elections of 2049, the official Aapki Kahani position was for greater transparency on India’s G6 licensing agreements, though Thass campaigned personally on the promise of withdrawing from G6. This resulted in an electoral victory and a plurality of parliamentary seats for Aapki Kahani at the final count, with Thass sworn in as the 17th Prime Minister of India on March 18th 2049.
Thass formally signed the G6 withdrawal agreement in April 2049, though the lack of an outright majority for Aapki Kahani has required coalition building, which has slowed implementation of Thass’ policies.  In response, China organised a “retention campaign” to recall Chinese citizens who had settled in India ahead of Thass’ electoral victory.  Thass has accused China of using G6 to enable “transnational repression, with member governments freely exchanging information about dissidents in violation of data sharing restrictions.”
In August 2049, Thass made headlines at the 2049 ASEAN Summit when she accused Chinese President Chen Baoqiang of “colloidal espionage” during a private one-on-one talk aimed at easing tensions between the two leaders. Thass refused to clarify what the incident centred on and left the summit twelve hours earlier than scheduled.
In October 2049, President Chen accused Thass of “using Hong Lian as a prop in her foolish campaign against G6 and colloids,” claiming that she has “sympathy for Adira, or is facilitating their actions.” Thass responded by dismissing President Chen’s claims and implicating China in the disappearance of Hong.
In 2041, Thass married Vijaya Rao. They have one son, Pranay Rao Thass, born in 2045. Thass has frequently joined Rao on the red carpet and for major events, expanding her name recognition beyond her Tamil and Paraiyar base. In turn, Rao typically receives a mention in news stories about Thass. Their “power couple” collaboration peaked with a starring role for Rao in Green Heart, which broke box office records in Chennai.
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