Resource Persons-Gandhians in India

Dr. Ashwin Zala

Ashwin Zala completed his doctoral dissertation on ‘Gandhi’s Resource Mobilization for Public Work: Cause, Method and Management’ at the Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad.

He is regularly invited by universities and colleges to hold keynote lectures on Gandhi and Ahimsa, the scope of social work, Gandhian economics, and Gandhi as a leader and management guru. He delivered more than 80 special lectures and 30 workshops on Conflict Transformation in different parts of India, USA and Mexico.

His research and publications focus on various tenets of Gandhian thoughts. At the Gandhi Research Foundation (GRF), besides being the Associate Professor, he is also the editor of the GRF’s monthly bilingual magazine ‘Khoj Gandhiji Ki’.

Contact details:
Dr. Ashwin Zala
Associate Professor & Editor
Gandhi Research Foundation
Gandhi Teerth, Jain Hills,
Jalgaon 425001, Maharashtra, India.
Mobile: +91-9404955272 | Email:

Dr. Jacob Pulickan

Born at Ramapuram in Kottayam district of Kerala State on 09.09.1959. Did school education from St. Augustine's High School, Ramapuam and college education from St. Thomas College, Palai. Did second Post Graduation in Gandhian Studies from M. G. University and M. Phil. in Gandhian Studies from Gandhigram Rural University with first Ranks. Doctorate from Annamalai University in Gandhian Philosophy.

Worked as Youth Cordinator in Gandhi Smriti and Dashan Samiti, New Delhi, Founder Cordinator of the Centre for Gandhian Studies of the University of Kerala, Founder Director of the Kerala State Gandhi Darshan Samiti, Director Board Member of the Kerala State Literacy Mission and Kerala State Bharat Scouts and Guides and State Cordinator of the Gandhi Darshan Activities. Awarded Ramachandran - Ekkeda International Award for Best Youth Organisor,got Gandhi Smriti Darshan Samiti's Educational Fellowship and Mumbai Chandu Memorial Trust's Swadeshi Fellowship.

Beginner of the well structured School level Gandhi Darshan Programme, Gandhi Festival, Swadeshi Home Made Products Training Programme, Swadeshi Festival and Founder Director of the Gandhi Centre for Rural Development and Swadeshi Trust. Working as the Director of the Gandhi Centre for Rural Development and Swadeshi Trust and heading the Swadeshi Movement in Kerala. Also working as the Director of the School Level Gandhi Darshan Programme.

Published Nine Books about Gandhian Philosophy and 12 Books about Swadeshi Home Made Products Training. The Gandhian Movement in India, The Sarvodaya Movement in Sri Lanka, The New International Economic Order, The Gandhian Movement in Kerala (Mal.), The Swadeshi Movement in Kerala (Eng. & Mal.) are the leading Articles.

Address: Director, Gandhi Centre for Rural Development
Bund Road, Marappalam, Pottam,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695004, India.
Mobile No.: +91-94471 54338 | Tel.: +91-471-6582672 | 2543383
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Dr. N. Radhakrishnan

Doctorate in Gandhian philosophy, experienced, Gandhian scholar, travelled extensively world wide. Gandhian scholar turned human rights activist Nelakanta Radhakrishnan is founder of G. Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence of Thiruvanthapuram (Kerala, India), Gandhi Media Centre( New Delhi & Madurai). He is also the General Secretary of Indian Council for Gandhian Studies (New Delhi) and National chair of citizens for Human Rights India. Author of over thirty books in English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. Visiting Professor in over twenty Universities in different parts of the world. Winner of Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award (2001) & Honorary Ambassador of USA, Orange Country USA.

Neelakantom, MGRA-30, Marappalam, Pattom P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram 695004, Kerala, India.
Tel.: +91-471-2534397 | +91-9447047100

Dr. Y P Anand

Holds a doctorate degree from I.I.T. By profession is a civil Engineer. Since retirement have been involved with Gandhian Institutions and Gandhian studies, particularly on the subject of Political Economy, Attended a Gandhian conference in U.S. in October-1995 and international conference onGandhian concept of freedom in University of Calgary, Canada in November-1997. He has visited Doda District and Kashmir Valley as a member of Gandhian groups for dialogue with the militant groups.

Address: Director, National Gandhi Museum,
Rajghat, New Delhi 110002, India

Dr. Jai Narain, Dr. M. L. Sharma & Dr (Mrs) Sandhya Chaudhari

Dept. of Gandhian Studies
Punjab University, Chandigarh 160014, India.
Tel.: +91-172-541940

Dr. William Bhaskaran

Address: Department of Gandhian Thought & Peace Science
Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram 624302, Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel.: +91-451-52371 | Email: |

Dr. R. Jothi Prakash

Reader in English

Address: Gandhigram Rural University
Gandhigram 424302, Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel.: +91-451-52432(R)

Dr. Janardhan Pandey

Address : Department of Gandhian Studies
Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur 812007, Bihar, India.

Dr. Ram Prakash Divedi

Director, Gandhi Adhyan Peeth
M-6 Kashi Vidyapith
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Tel.: +91-542-355329

Dr. B. Ananthavalli

Address: Director, The Valliammal Institute,
Gandhi Museum, Madurai 625020, Tamil Nadu, India.

Mr. C. S. Ramakrishnan

Address: Secretary, Mahatma Gandhi Centre,
479, Kamarajar Road, Varadarajapuram,
Coimbatore 641015, Tamil Nadu, India.

Ms. V. A. Vidya

Address: Dept. of Gandhian Studies
Madurai Kamaraj University
2, Vallabhai Road, Madurai 600002, Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel.: +91-452-44489 & 627890

Mr. TRK Somaiya

Address: Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal - Gandhi Book Centre
299, Tardeo Road, Nana Chowk,
Mumbai 400007, MS, India.
Tel.: +91-22-23872061 | Email:

Gandhi Peace Foundation

332, Ambujammal Street, Opp. Chettiar Hall,
Alwerpet, Chennai 600018, Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel.: +91-4970039

16. Dr. Ravindra Kumar

Born at village Kakrauli of Muzaffarnagar District (U. P.), India DR. RAVINDRA KUMAR (M.A. Political Science & Philosophy, PGD in Gandhian Studies and Ph. D. in Political Science) is an eminent Writer, Thinker, Scholar, Political Scientist, Peace Worker and Educationist, who has authored/edited more than 100 works on great personalities of the Indian Sub-Continent including Mahatma Gandhi, and on various social, religious, political, historical, educational and cultural issues. Some of his works, of which many are of international repute and have been translated into Marathi, Tamil and Thai languages apart from Hindi and English languages include 'MORALITY & ETHICS IN PUBLIC LIFE' (1999, 'RELIGION AND WORLD PEACE' (1999-2006), 'GANDHI AND GANDHISM', PART-FIRST(2001), 'CHAMPARAN TO QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT' (2002), 'THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GANDHIAN NON-VIOLENCE' (2002), 'NON-VIOLENCE AND ITS PHILOSOPHY' (2003), 'FIVE THOUSAND YEARS OF INDIAN CULTURE' (2003), 'TOWARDS PEACE' (2003), 'MAHATMA GANDHI AT THE CLOSE OF TWENTIETH CENTURY' (2004) 'GANDHIAN THOUGHTS: AN OVERVIEW' (2006), 'MAHATMA GANDHI IN THE BEGINNING OF TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY' (2006) etc. A noted Indologist and the Former Vice-Chancellor of the C. C. S. University, Meerut, India,DR. RAVINDRA KUMAR has been associated with a number of national and international academic, cultural, educational, social and peace organizations / institutions. DR. RAVINDRA KUMAR'S works contribute significantly for bringing about reconciliation among social groups, religious communities and sects. They focus on equality, humanism, integration, international understanding, non-violence, social change, unity and global peace.

#23-B, Lane 2, Mansarovar,
Civil Lines, Meerut 250001, India.
Tel.+91-121-2645551; Mobile: 9319090160
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Chunkath K Thomas

Program Officer / Head of Office - Doordarshan, Thrissur - 10, Kerala. Also a visiting faculty at film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

P.O.K. Kannu, Pushpagiri, Mellor,
Chalakudi, Dist. Thrissar, Kerala 680311, India.
Tel. +91-9447079777 | Email:

Commander M. Srinivas Rao, Indian Navy (Retd)

Cell: +91-9449586773 / +91-9893125246
Tel: +91-7752-418753, Email:

Ms. Dina Patel

Gandhian Scholar in Sabarmati Ashram

Address: Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya
Ashram Road, Ahmedabad 380027, Gujarat, India.
Cell: +91-79-27557277, Email:

Shri S C Jaini

Retired from a senior position in the Central Government, after completing 36 years in service. He has been actively promoting the study of Gandhian philosophy and it's application in the modern world. He is of the opinion, that Gandhian way of life is an ideal living, for it is based on the twin principles of Truth and Sarvodaya. Truth is all pervasive and eternal and goes to the very root of the man's spiritual evolution. Sarvodaya is based on the principle of living in harmony, which is possible, when the society strives for the equal uplift of all.

Shri Jaini is known for his intellectual approach to any issue. Along with his philosophical thinking, he is equally active to solve any issue, at the grassroots level. He believes that while thinkers,/ philosophers show the way, a leader translates the philosophy into action. While serving in the Government, he experimented with many of the Gandhian ideals, and found them effective and relevant in solving administrative issues. He firmly believes, that most of the Gandhian thoughts are relevant and applicable in the present day.

Shri Jaini is presently stationed in Hyderabad (India) and is actively engaged in the propagation of Gandhian ideals, which include upgrading the libraries with the Gandhian literature and taking Gandhian messages to the educational institutions.