Born in Lucknow, Territory of India, Harsh grew up a rabid fan of cricket. Part of this was due to the fact that he was born August 27, 2058, exactly 150 years after the birth of Don Bradman, considered by many to be the greatest cricket player of all time. However, by 2058, cricket was a dying sport except in India.
During a cricket match at age 10, Harsh suffered a traumatic injury to his left leg when a ball struck him above the knee. An intoxicated doctor’s misdiagnosis and a large blood clot compounded the problem, ultimately resulting in amputation at the mid-thigh. The experience had such a profound impact on Harsh that he transformed his cricket obsession into an interest in medical law.
At age 16 he chose to forego his last year of secondary school to enroll in Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He graduated with honors in three years, and finished law school at Oxford before age 23. Two years later, he was selected to handle a high profile case involving the brother of the Governor of the Territory of India. Kansagra’s brilliant work led to a great surprise. Four years after graduation, at age 27, he was selected by the Governor of the Territory of India to be the junior Senator in the New World Congress, replacing the former senator who died in office. Senator Kansagra is known for his willingness to compromise to accomplish goals, his impeccable moral character, and for once removing his false leg and brandishing it on the Senate floor to make his point during a debate on a major reform bill.