- Birth name
Vijaya Rao (2041 - present)
Pranay Rao Thass (born 2045)
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 YourStory Party in 2042 and led it to a plurality of parliamentary seats 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 in 2032, 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 YourStory along with Vikram Montrose on a platform of liquid democracy, strong labour rights, and opposition to G6 and its use of neural colloids. She led YourStory to victory in India’s 2049 elections and became Prime Minister on March 18th 2049, though the lack of an outright majority has required coalition building that has slowed implementation of YourStory policies.
On October 5th 2049, Thass announced a national referendum on whether to withdraw India from its G6 membership. The move has been condemned by China, calling it “foolish and offensive.”
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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 was laid off from her job during the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The family moved to Chennai, where her mother was able to find work at another company, though she was laid off again in 2025 for labour organising. Thass, who had just completed her degree in Computer Science at the University of Madras at the time, often brings up this story when discussing her strong views on labour rights and outsourcing. 
After working as a software engineer for two years, Thass joined the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2027. She attributes this move to growing economic turmoil and the need to support her younger siblings, although critics have alleged that it was forced on her by a case of industrial espionage. Thass 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, and Thass lost partial vision in her right eye as a result of her participation in the trial. 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 and unwilling to experiment with additional MEA implants, she left the sector in 2034 to run for Mayor of Chennai. Her grassroots campaign surprised her incumbent opponent, and she was narrowly elected in October 2034.
The initial year of Thass’ mayorship was stymied by overly ambitious projects and a lack of measurable progress, though she was widely acclaimed for her leadership during the Tamil Nadu flooding of January 2036. Thass 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 2041 and the lack of a national referendum on the country’s adoption of G6. 
In 2042, Thass left the Green Party and formed the YourStory Party along with Vikram 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 anti-colloid stance, with her perspective gaining legitimacy as concerns about neurosurveillance in India grew. Montrose left YourStory 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).
In 2045, Thass introduced a revamped YourStory labour rights platform after several Indian companies and government ministries had mandated colloid implants for their workers. This 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, Thass campaigned personally on withdrawing from G6, although the official YourStory position was for greater transparency on India’s G6 licensing agreements as an intermediate step. YourStory won a plurality of parliamentary seats at the final count, and Thass was sworn in as the 17th Prime Minister of India on March 18th 2049. The lack of an outright majority has required coalition building that has slowed implementation of YourStory policies.
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.