Lord Bhikhu Parekh Political Theorist, London
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Ashok Jain Director, Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon, India
Mr. Ashok Jain, Chairman, Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (JISL), Jalgaon, India, is the eldest son of the Founder Chairman, Late Padmashri Dr. Bhavarlal Jain who founded Gandhi Research Foundation as well.
Mr. Jain spearheads the campaign for agriculture sustainability through water and crop management, especially among small and marginal farmers over the past four decades. His outreach service network for farmers throughout India works with phenomenal success.
As an active Director of Gandhi Research Foundation, Mr. Jain promotes the legacy of his father, inspiring GRF in its mission of “establishing a world founded on Truth and Nonviolence”. As Vice-President, he engages Maharashtra Harijan Sevak Sangh in building up inclusive communities; and as Founder Director of Mahaveer Co-operative Bank, he promotes pro-poor banking facility in the rural areas of Jalgaon district. He is in the Board of Indian Institute of Management Raipur, and patron of a number of experimental institutions and state level sports clubs too.
Prof. Sudarshan Iyengar Former Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith, Dharampur, India
Prof. Sudarshan Iyengar, PhD in Economics, is Former Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad (2005-2014), Former Director, Centre for Social Studies Surat (2004-05), and Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad (1999-2004). Presently, he is Chair Professor, Gandhian Philosophy, at IIT, Mumbai. His major foci of research include Gandhian thoughts and practice, natural resource development and management, people’s institutions and civil society institutions. He was active in rehabilitation of tribal people displaced in the Narmada Dam Project in 1990s and also in relief and rehabilitation of earthquake affected people in Kutch, Gujarat in 2001.
Currently, he is Vice Chairperson of the high level Dandi Memorial Committee and Member of the National Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.
His writings include 65 research articles and 8 books including Gandhiji and Sanitation by Publication Division, GoI, 2016.
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