An Associate Professor of Philosophy, at Delhi University, India, from 1979 to 2013, Suman Khanna Aggarwal obtained her doctoral degree in Gandhian thought in 1978 and has since translated her theoretical knowledge into practical action by founding the Gandhian NGO – Shanti Sahyog, works in 17 South Delhi slums and in Tughlakabad Village, New Delhi, in the areas of Education, HealthCare, Skill Development, Women Empowerment & Care for the Elderly – in sync with UN SDG’s. She has also extended her understanding of Gandhi’s legacy of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution and vision of a World Beyond War, she founded Shanti Sahyog Centre for Nonviolence, India (CFN) – a Unit of Shanti Sahyog, in 2018.
She has completed 3 Post-Doctoral Research Projects:
1990 – 91: Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada Research Subject: Collaborative Possibilities Between Greenpeace, Canada; Similar Popular Movements, India
1987 – 88: Transitional Foundation for Peace; Future Research, Lund, Sweden Research Subject: Nordic Peace Movements; Gandhian Paradigm of Power
1984: University Grants Commission, Delhi University, India Research Subject: Faith & Humility: A Comparative Study in Gandhi; Gabriel Marcel
She has authored three books and published several papers/articles on Gandhian principles. Like her former books, her latest book, The Science of Peace, has received favorable reviews.
THE SCIENCE OF PEACE 2019: Published by Shanti Sahyog Centre for Peace & Conflict Resolution, Inida
GANDHIAN VISION – Status Growth & Development: 50 Years of Independence: 1947-97 1999:(edited) Published by B R Publishing Corporation, New Delhi, India
GANDHIAN AND THE GOOD LIFE 1985: 1st Edition, Published by Gandhian Peace Foundation, New Delhi, India 1996: 2nd Edition, Published by B R Publishing Corporation, New Delhi, India As a Gandhian Scholar, she has lectured extensively in India and abroad and taught courses on Gandhian Philosophy in foreign Universities, like in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, for instance:
John Hopkins University – USA McMaster University – Canada Al Quds University – Palestine/Israel Scandinavian / Nordic Universities, amongst others.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Indian Philosophical Congress International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Indian Association for Canadian Studies Indian Peace Research Association South Asian Fraternity Gandhi Foundation, U K
On Advisory Board of: Fields of Peace, Oregon, USA
STATUS IN NON-PROFESSIONAL BODIES
She is an External Member of the Internal Complaints Committee (Sexual Harassment at Workplace) at the following Organisations:
2023 to Date Medeor Hospital, B 33-34 Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi 2022 to Date Directorate of International Customs, Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, India, Dept. of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India 2021 to Date Directorate General of Analytics & Risk Management (DGARM) Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, U.P. 2021 to Date Trycon Technologies, NOIDA, U.P.
2018 to Date Founder President, Shanti Sahyog Centre for Nonviolence, India (CFN) (a Unit of Shanti Sahyog) 1992 to Date Founder President, Shanti Sahyog – Gandhian NGO 2013 to Date NGO Representatives on the Advisory Committee on Prohibition of Sex Selection, Directorate of Family Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi 2013 to Date Engineers India ltd. (EIL) New Delhi 2013 to Date NGO Representative on School Management Committee Govt. Girls Sr Sec. School No.3, Kalkaji, New Delhi 1990 to 1992 Member, Coordinating Committee, Global Awareness Interaction, Sewden 1981 to 1983 Program Officer, National Service Scheme, Mata Sundari College, Delhi University She regularly conducts Trainings & Workshops on Gandhian Philosophy / Nonviolent Conflict Resolution and teaches on ONLINE COURSE ON:
Understanding & Applying Gandhi Today
A plenary speaker at International conferences, she strongly believes that individual social responsibility, dictated by one’s conscience, has the power to bring about social and political transformation.
She is a recipient of the following Awards for her Community Service of the Underprivileged & her Advocacy of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution:
2023- The Women Empowerment, Honouring the Trailblazers of Change Award by Rotary Club of Delhi, Cama Place, Year 2022-2023 2023- Dr. Nirmala Deshpande Smriti Nari Shakti Samman 2023 Women Resilience Award by Akhil Bharat Rachnatmak Samaj 2022- Brahma Kumaris Social Service Award 2021- 5th Dr. Sarojini Naidu International Award 2021- SATYA MicroCapital Ltd. International Women’s Day Award 2020- The Rotary Vocational Award 2020- National IHRO Women Empowerment Award 2019- Delhi NGO’s in Healthcare, ZEE business Leadership Award 2019- Gandhi Smriti Chinh Award 2019- 51 Most Impactful Social Innovators award (A Global Listing) by World CSR Congress 2018- Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Award for Exemplary Social Service 2017- Bharat Nirman Literary Excellence Award for contribution to Gandhian Philosophy 2016- All Ladies League (ALL) Iconic Leader Contributing to Better World Award 2014- International Women Excellence Award 2013- Karamveer Puruskar (Global Citizen Award) 2012- Rajiv Gandhi Global Vision Award
Manindra Nath Thakur teaches Indian Intellectual Traditions in India at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He completed his PhD at Delhi University and dedicated nearly two decades to teaching at the same institution. Dr Thakur was honoured with a Fellowship for Innovative Research at the Developing Countries Research Centre, The University of Delhi.
During his tenure as a Fellow at the Nehru Museum and Library, he focused on researching New Religious Movements in India. Beyond his academic achievements, he played a significant role in establishing the Creative Theory Group, which endeavors to shift the centre of intellectual activities from the West to the East. This group annually organises colloquia in collaboration with the India International Centre and RAZA Foundation.
Moreover, Dr Thakur is the founder and Trustee of the Foundation for Creative Social Research. This foundation aims to provide a fresh direction to research by addressing issues that impact people’s lives while incorporating innovative perspectives rooted in Indian Intellectual traditions.
His also co-founded the Social Healing, which promotes conflict resolution and the inter-community dialogue. Among his notable works, an edited volume titled ‘Wounded History: Religion, Conflict, Psyche, and Social Healing,’ presnts compelling arguments for secularism from an Indian perspective. Another edited volume explores the limits and democratic potential of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement.
Recently, Dr Thakur published a book in Hindi entitled ‘Gyan ki Rainiti: Bharteey Chintan aur Samaj Adhyayan,’ proposing a paradigm shift in social science by disentangling Western philosophy from social science. Instead, it advocates for a new paradigm that engages in a meaningful dialogue between social sciences and Indian philosophy.
Prof. John Chathanatt, SJ is a Jesuit priest belonging to the Delhi Province of the Society of Jesus and is Professor (Emeritus) and former Principal of Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi. He is now the Vice-President of the Jesuit Research and Development Society, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. He has degrees in Mathematics, Economics, Philosophy, and Theology. He has a Masters’s in Economics from Rajasthan University and in Theology from Woodstock Theological Centre, Boston, USA. he has his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, USA. He was an International Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Centre, Georgetown University, Washington DC, in 2001-2002 and was also a Research Fellow cum Visiting Faculty at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University at Berkeley, California, USA, 2013-2014. He was the Chairman of the Governing Board of Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi, from 2016 to Nov 2019. He is a member of the Ethical Committee of Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi. He is also a Visiting professor to many Faculties. He has nine books to his credit and has over 100 published articles in India and abroad. At present he is involved in Research and Publications and editing the Christianity volume in the series, Encyclopedia of Indian Religions published by Springer.
PROF. BULBUL DHAR-JAMES Head, Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia
A Post Doctoral Fulbright Fellow on Global Political Economy and Governance, Prof. Bulbul Dhar-James has done her PhD, on ‘Politics of Economic Liberalization in Urban Tanzania’, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London as a Commonwealth Scholar. With an M. Phil and MA is from the Centre for Political Studies, JNU and she has a B.A. Honors from the Lady Sri Ram College, University of Delhi. Her area of research includes Human Rights, Political Economy of Globalization and Governance, African Studies and Gender and Empowerment. The areas in which she has been Keynote speaker and Resource Expert include, Globalization and Good Governance, Conceptual framework of Human Rights, Gender & Empowerment, Public Administration, Public Policy and Management, Human Rights Implications of Science and Technology, Global Political Economy, Basic Structure of the Constitution amongst others. Beyond the Academic Expertise, Prof Bulbul is a Resource Person and trainer for Capacity Building Initiatives, Leadership, Personal and Professional Roles (Work-Life Balance) and Gender Sensitization Programs for Universities, Various Ministries, and Institutions of the Govt of India (amongst others Haryana Institute for Public Administration, VV Giri National Labour Institute), British Council, American Center, Corporates and NGO’s.
Dr. Bulbul Dhar-James has extensive experience in the field of Political Science and Economic Research. She has held various roles, including coordinator at JMI, consultant at the National Council for Applied Economic Research, and teaching positions at JNU, LSR, and Delhi University. Additionally, she has participated in UN Human Rights Council events and serves on editorial boards and advisory panels for several international journals, conferences, NGOs, and government committees. She is also a Resource Person and Content Writer for the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Program of Post Graduate EPathshala in Women’s Studies.
Dr. A. K. Merchant is a prominent figure with extensive involvement in various fields. He serves as the General Secretary of the Temple of Understanding India Foundation, as well as holding positions in other organizations such as the Sarvodaya International Trust and Mintra Foundation. Dr. Merchant is an expert in interfaith education and Indian culture and has authored three monographs and numerous articles and research papers on various topics. He has represented the Baha’i Faith Community of India and the Temple of Understanding at international and national conferences and has been an active participant in the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Additionally, he is known for advocating gender justice, environmental issues, world peace, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. A. K. Merchant is an alumnus of the United States’ State Department International Exchange Program in 2005, focusing on “religious diversity in America post 9/11”. He was invited by H. H. Pope Benedict XVI to a global interfaith conference celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Assisi and the World Prayer Day for Justice and Peace at the Vatican and Assisi in October 2011. Dr. Merchant actively participated in the Parliament of the World’s Religions held in various cities from 1993 to 2021, and he has been invited by H. H. the Dalai Lama to address interfaith conferences and assist with international conferences and seminars in India. He is known for promoting gender justice and has advocated for the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and written about Gender Equality, the Environment and Ecology, World Peace, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Merchant has also served as a Resource Person for promoting discourses on science, religion, and development.
Professor Gita Dharampal, retired Head of the Department of History at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg (Germany), is since November 2018 Research Dean at the Gandhi Research Foundation [GRF], Jalgaon (Maharashtra). Having studied and taught at foremost universities in the UK, France, Germany, the USA and India, her publications and research foci deal with topics ranging from pre-modern transcultural interactions between Europe and India, the maritime cultural history of the Indian Ocean region (1400-1800), medical history, religious-ritual transformations in India (1500-2000), the socio-cultural and political history of the colonial period, in general, with a special emphasis on Mahatma Gandhi’s movement of political and cultural resurgence. At present, she is engaged with continuing the historical work of her father Shri Dharampal (1922-2016), an historian and political philosopher, whose publications have led to a radical reappraisal of conventional views of the cultural, scientific and technological state of Indian society on the eve of the British conquest.
Dr Satish K Jha is Associate Professor in Department of Political Science at Aryabhata college, University of Delhi. He did his MA and MPhil from Delhi University and PhD from CPS/SSS, JNU. His area of interest is Comparative Political Theory, Modern Indian Intellectual Tradition, and Indian Politics. He has published papers in national and international journals and has contributed chapters in many edited books. He is also secretary of Scientists and Technologists for Non-violent world order.
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi. An alumnus of Miranda House, University of Delhi, she completed her master’s in economics from Delhi School of Economics, MPhil, and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). An avid Gandhian, her contribution varies in the field of Energy security, Energy transition, Renewable energy, Human Capital, and Gandhian perspective on energy transition. Also engaged in CEC UGC live lecture series on Environmental Economics, Climate change, and Sustainability. She has published papers in reputed journals. She has contributed two books on Gandhian thoughts, “Through the Lens of Mahatma: Journey of a Migrant” and “Living in Truth: The Gandhian Paradigm.”
Dr. Savita Singh is a distinguished feminist poet and social theorist who writes in Hindi and English. She has four collections of poetry in Hindi: Apne Jaisa Jeevan (Radhakrishna Prakashan, 2001), Neend Thi Aur Raat Thi (2005), Swapna Samay (2013), and Khoyi Cheezon Ka Shoke (2021). Her work has been translated into many world languages including Frsnch, German, Spanish, and Portugese. She has two collections of poems inn French, Je suis la Maison de etoiles (Bilingual. Hindi and French, First published by Daastan, 2008; again by Editions Phloeme, Paris, 2022 with Medha Singh’s Ecdysis and Divya Singh’s Paintings). She has also published two collections in Odia translation: Jeur more Rasta nijra (2011), and has co-eited a colledction of peoms of women from different parts of the world, Seven Leaves, One Autumn (2011). She also has a collection of representative fifty poems published, Pachas kavitayen: Nayi Sadi Ke Liye (2010). She has many awards for poetry including Hindi Academy Award, Raza Foundation Award, Mahadevi Verma Kavya Samman, Enuce De Souza Award, and recently, Prestigious Kedar Samman. She recieved a post-doctoral fellowship from Foundation Maison des Sciences de I’homme, Paris to work on Krishna SObtu’s two novels, Mitro Marjani and Ai Ladki. The research paper, walking on Dew: A Feminist Reading of Krishna Sobti’s Listen Girl! in edited book Krishna Sobti: A Conversation Between Savita Singh and Roy Bhaskar (Springer, 2021).
Savita Singh is the Foundation Director and Professor at the School of Gender and Development Studies, IGNOU. She is on the Board of Directors of the International Herbert Marcuse Society, USA.