Dr Shobhana Radhakrishna is a globally renowned Gandhian recognized for her invaluable contribution to literature, social service and spreading the vision of Mahatma Gandhi. She is on a mission to reintroduce Mahatma Gandhi to the people of India and abroad. She has imbibed Gandhiji’s values as she was born and brought up in his Sevagram ashram, Wardha in Maharashtra. Shobhana’s focal point is the Gandhian way of life and serving humanity.
She is the Chief Functionary of the ‘SCOPE Gandhian Forum for Ethical Corporate Governance’ formed under the aegis of the Standing Conference of Public Enterprisesfor promoting ethical business practices and organizational integrity in Public Sector Enterprises and have given 278 talks in 39 major PSEs in India. She has regularly addressed young probationary officers of the Indian Civil Services in the apex training academies of Government of India.
She has over 40 years of experience in social work in development projects in different parts of India. Her background of Gandhian constructive work for the development and welfare of underprivileged communities has led her to dedicate her life to the cause of serving the poor.
On the UN International Day of Nonviolence, she has given lectures since 2007 to Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, China, Indonesia, Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Kenya organized by respective Indian Missions. On 2nd October, she has given the keynote address at the UN office, Bangkok in 2014, in the Peace Palace, The Hague in 2017, in King Faisal Centre of Islamic Studies and Research, Riyadh in 2018, UN office, Vienna in 2019 and Embassy of India in Kenya and UN Office, Nairobi in 2020.
As a part of the 150th Birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi from September 2018 to October 2020, she has delivered 267 lectures and Gandhi Katha in 134 countries with support from Indian Missions and facilitated by the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Since 2019, she has presented the Gandhi Katha at the ‘UpaRashtrapati Niwas’, various Raj Bhavans and Raj Niwas and apex cultural institutes in India.
Her Gandhi Katha and lectures on Mahatma Gandhi’s vision and its relevance attempt to provide some principles, ideas and alternatives that can help us in our quest for more significant substance and help address pressing social, communal and ecological challenges of our times. These lessons gleaned from Mahatma Gandhi’s life offer us invaluable advice on leading an enlightened, more meaningful, self-aware, socially responsible and saner life.
The national and international community has honoured her with several recognitions and awards. She was given the ‘Eminent Citizen’ recognition from the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India from 2010-2013.She is a trustee of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Memorial Trust and the advisor for National Coalition for Education, India and member of International Association of Studies on the Mediterranean and the East in Rome, Italy. She was former Chairperson of Gandhi Peace Centre, New Delhi..
She is the advisor for Gandhipedia, a social media platform of Ministry of Culture, Government of India jointly implemented by IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Gandhinagar.
He started his career as a journalist working for development agencies and national newspapers. He is the Founder Secretary of the ‘Centre for Gandhian Vision and Values’, Ship for World Youth Alumni Association-India and DISHA, national NGOs for complete self reliance of the underprivileged communities through truthful and non violent means. His commitment is to help the civil societies realize their entitlements for leading a life of self-respect and to stand up for their rights. He is involved in conducting the lectures in India and Japan on Gandhian ideology for ethical leadership and social responsibility. He has been motivating youth for taking part in development through volunteerism. As the founder President of the Indo-Japan Friendship Group, India, and member of Japan Business Forum of FICCI, he is actively promoting Indo-Japan relations, people to people contact and cross cultural relations for youth development and enhancing international cooperation. He is a member of the ‘Jal Biradari’, a national forum for conservation of water and natural resources.