Anvee Bhutani , a punjabi who was born in California to parents who were born in Delhi, has been elected president of oxford university student union (OUSU) in a by election. The by election took place after the previous winner , the first Indian female OUSU president elect Rashmi samant, from Udupi in karnataka, was forced to quit after a public apology she made for historic social media posts was not accepted by students .
Bhutani won by 655 votes after 11 stages ot counting in a narrow contest with Yanis Baur , social secretary of the OU LGBTQ+ society , who got 649 votes .
Bhutani is a second year human science undergraduate student at Magdalen college.
She is co – chair of the campaign for Racial Awareness and equality, president of the oxford Hindu society, all of which cam out with public statements condemning samant , causing her to step down.
Oxford has historically been a place for the white elite to attend university. Bhutani in her manifesto, she had pledged to push for a more diverse curriculum at oxford.