The International Board

(being constructed)

Founder & Chief Editor

Vivek Umrao "SAMAJIK YAYAVAR", Australia

He is a scholar, an author, a social-policy critic, a frequent social wayfarer, a social entrepreneur, a journalist and an editor; founded the Ground Report India, various cottage industries, local community institutes and writes Books on social issues.

He has been exploring, understanding and implementing the ideas of social-economy, participatory local governance, education, citizen-media, ground-journalism, rural-journalism, freedom of expression, bureaucratic accountability, tribal development, village development, reliefs & rehabilitation, village revival and other.

For Ground Report India editions Vivek had been organising national or semi-national tours for exploring ground realities covering 5000 to 15000 kilometres in one or two months to establish Ground Report India, a constructive ground journalism platform with social accountability.

Vivek wrote a book “मानसिक, सा​​​​माजिक, आर्थिक स्वराज्य की ओर” on various social issues, development community practices, water, agriculture, his groundworks & efforts and conditioning of thoughts & mind. Reviewers say it is a practical book which answers “What” “Why” “How” practically for the development and social solution in India. The book is in Hindi and will be translated into English soon. He is writing a book on Bastar with the theme of the constructive conflict resolution in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, the red zone headquarters of the Maoists.

For more about him please go to his website at 
http://www.socialwayfarer.groundreportindia.org

The Honorary Editors

Dr Robert J Burrowes PhD, Australia

Dr Robert has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?‘ and many other documents.

Chaitanya Dave, USA

Chaitanya, born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, is an author, the Founder of Pragati Foundation, an Industrialist, a social activist, a highly progressive individual and an environmentalist; lives with his wife Amita in California, USA.

Attended college at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico and graduated with B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1969. Started his own company in 1980 manufacturing metal finishing chemical products. The company is still running successfully.

He is founder/president of a non-profit charity organization named ‘Pragati’, based in Southern California and Hemubhai Rural Development Foundation based in India. The foundation has done rural developmental work in villages in India since 1993. He has travelled extensively all over the world and runs a non-profit rural development foundation. 

Chaitanya Dave with Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat on December 2013 became the prime minister of India in May 2014

On December 2013, Chaitanya Dave met in person with the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendrabhai Modi, about six months before he became the prime minister of the largest democracy in the world, India.

Early on Chaitanya Dave learned that only through good education and focused hard work can one come up in life. That is what he did developing his successful metal finishing company against all odds and very little money, in Los Angeles in 1980. He learned that there is no substitute for hard work. He derived these and other principles from great men like Mahatma Gandhiji and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Mr Davé has authored three books:

  1. CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY: A Shocking Record of US Crimes since 1776 (Nov. 2007)
  2. COLLAPSE: Civilization on the Brink (June 2010), and 
  3. MONUMENTAL SHIFT: Creating a New Economy with Genuine Democracy. (2016)

Wife: 
Amita Dave has M.S in education from Pune University and also a Master’s degree in Special Education in the USA. She has been a teacher, administrator and advisor in the field of Special Education with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Though retired now, she continues to take assignments in her field.

Sons:

  1. Maurya Dave, an electrical engineer and the CEO of Surfin Chemical Corp., Los Angeles, CA, USA
  2. Dr Aditya Dave, a Veterinarian, currently doing his residency at Minnesota State University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Favourite quotes:

  • “Nobody can make you unhappy without your permission” —Mahatma Gandhi
  • "I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have it." -- Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. president

Chaitanya Dave’s motto in life:
Work hard, read a lot, learn a lot, and enjoy your life with your family and friends while helping others too.

Prof Surendra Pathak PhD, India (Gujrat)
  • Professor-Value Education.
  • Former Dean Social Science and Director Research (IASE Deemed University).
  • President, Global Harmony Association India

Editor-in-Chief,
Journal of Advanced Research in Journalism & Mass Communication. ISSN 2395-3810

Editor,
International Journal of Advanced Research in Peace, Harmony & Education.
ISSN 2455-9326

Member of the Advisory Board,
Journal Horizons of Holistic Education" ISSN/EISSN 2349-8811
International Quarterly Peer Reviewed Journal published by Children University, Gujarat.

Editorial Board Members,
Journal- Environment and Social Psychology
ISSN 2424-7979 (Print) ISSN 2424-8975 (Online)
http://esp.whioce.com/index.php/ESP/about/editorialTeam

Member, Board of Editors, Journal
‘The Journal of Global Resources'. (2014)
ISSN 2395-3160 (Print) ISSN 2455-2445 (Online)
http://www.isdesr.org/content/editorial-board

Member, International Advisory Board,
Ground Report India Journal www.groundreportindia.org since 2012

Editors (Hindi section) “MANJU FEATURES”
University’s Feature Agency of the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism, Bhopal (2001 to 2005).

Assistant Editor of "मीडिया मीमांसा" (Media Mimansa)
a University Journal of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Mass Communication, Bhopal (2005 to 2007).

Assistant Editor, a University Research Journal of Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya University, Chitrakoot, Satna (1993-94).

Faculty, Department of Communication & Journalism,
Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Mass Communication and Journalism, Bhopal, from January 2001 to Dec 2014. (Lien: Dec 2007 to July 2014)

Faculty, Department of Communication & Journalism, Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya University from Feb1993 to March 1994.

Faculty, Department of Communication & Journalism, Dr H.S. Gour University of Sagar form 22-07-1992 to 30-09-1992.

Teaching at Various Universities, Colleges and Institutions as visiting Faculty during 1992 to 2010. Such as UTDs of Dr H.S. Gaur University of Sagar, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University-Wardha, Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism and Mass Communication-Raipur and others.

Bhanwar Meghwanshi, India (Rajasthan)

Founder & Chief Editor, Shunyakal

He is an incisive and forthright contemporary voice of the progressive Dalit movement and a widely followed Rajasthan-based freelance journalist, writer, poet, intellectual and social activist in Rajasthan. He has untiringly participated in campaigns and movements across the country, creating awareness on communalism, casteism, gender violence, globalisation, displacement and so on. 

Born on February 25, 1975 in Siridiyas village in Bhilwara district into a Dalit weaver family, Meghwanshi, at the age of 13, was indoctrinated by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), with whom he spent five active years.

He was made the head teacher (MUKHYA SHIKSHAK) of the Sangh’s village ‘shakha’ (camp), and later on, its district office head. He was part of the first ‘KAR SEWA’ that set out to demolish the Babri Masjid, but was arrested before reaching Ayodhya and spent ten days in Agra jail. After that, a certain incident completely shattered his faith in the RSS, making him realise their extreme, anti-Dalit stance. He severed his ties, openly taking a stand against them.

After leaving the RSS, Meghwanshi worked full-time on communal harmony, brotherhood and peace, which he continues to do, till date. He was vociferous in his writings against the Gujarat carnage of 2002, and took part in the documentation and report writing with members of the Concerned Citizens’ Tribunal formed for the Gujarat victims.

He also published the magazine Diamond India between 2002 and 2012, which lent voice to struggles against communalism and casteism. He broke many stereotypes and myths regarding minority communities, uncovering truths.

About "Shunyakal":
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiMnnKmVvbQa-_R82EzmeRw

The voice of the voiceless is a Hindi media initiative covering issues of farmers, labourers and the marginalised. In future, it will be a full-fledged news web portal as well as radio service. It is probably the only news media channel being operated from a small village in Rajasthan.

The objective of this channel is to bring attention to the concerns of the people, especially in the context of a globalised, corporatised media world. Shunyakal is the voice of ordinary people.

The name ‘Shunyakal’ is derived from the concept of Zero Hour, in Parliament, during which there is an opportunity to raise matters of importance. But with the Parliament’s Zero Hour increasingly becoming the voice of politicians alone, the channel Shunyakal is the ordinary people’s Zero Hour - to ask questions and raise concerns of importance to us.

Fr Baiju Chalakkal, India (Kerala)


Sanjiv Kumar Sharma, India (Karnataka)

Author, Thinker, Translator and a Travel-enthusiastic who has visited almost all states of India in his wheelchair.

Sanjiv Kumar Sharma had polio paralysis of both the lower limbs at an early age and could not get into the formal system of education, ie schooling. On his own, he started with formal mainstream education at home, and appeared in few exams privately but soon realised about the inadequacy of traditional approach to education and started self-study in his way.

Sanjiv stayed in a room for more than 12 years and spent time in reading books, writing, translating and contemplating on vital issues of human life, society and religion. Sanjiv has studied literature, philosophy, science, religion and psychology. He started writing during adolescent and continues to write till the date. He has written many articles, poems and stories which got published in various newspapers and magazines. With the area of social media, he also has turned into a prolific writer on the internet.

It was in the year 2000 when Krishnamurti Foundation of India offered him translation assignments, and since then he has been translating for the same foundation and other organisation as well. He became a resident scholar of the foundation and stayed Varanasi for many months.

Sanjiv has also ventured into what is known as social work. He has worked with an NGO for the upliftment of marginalised groups like disabled, HIV patients, neurological impaired and downtrodden. He also initiated many programs for the education of economically weaker sections. Sanjiv also works with the mainstream schools for bringing awareness about real education.

Presently resides in the Indian city of Bengaluru (Karnataka) and devotes his time for disseminating awareness about real education, social activism. He organises and actively participates in meetings, dialogues and retreats on topics such as cordial relationships with self and others.

The Honorary Advisors (International)

John Szemerey, Belgium

The Honorary Chairperson

John Szemerey is a political journalist. He retired in summer 2005 after working over 30 years in the information services of the European Commission, Brussels. Before that he had been features writer with a Fleet Street agency and he had been Westminster columnist for two newspapers. He is now Chairman of the International Division of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, the oldest and most senior professional organisation of journalists in the world.

John, 69, was born in Hungary but escaped to England with his parents in 1949, when the Communists were tightening their grip on the country. He had most of his education in England, although he also won an exchange scholarship for a year at a top school in the USA. He studied financial and administrative management at the University of Louvain, Belgium.

When Britain joined the European Community in 1973 he immediately applied for a job with the European Commission. As a political columnist he felt he must know at first hand how the EC worked.  He was successful and was one of the first Brits to work for the Commission when he started there in January 1974.

“Intending to stay at the Commission for two or three years,” says John, “I found the work so interesting and the international situation – working alongside colleagues from other European countries – so challenging and stimulating, that I stayed for over 30 years.”

Prof Rudolf J. Siebert, USA/Germany

Rudolf J. Siebert was born in Frankfurt a.M., Germany. He studied history, philology, philosophy, sociology, psychoanalysis, and theology at the University of Frankfurt a.M., the University of Mainz, the University of Munster, and the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. from 1947 - 1955.

Professor Siebert has taught, lectured, and published widely in Western and Eastern Europe, the United States, and Canada. He is a professor of Religion and Society in the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. 

He is the director of the Center for Humanistic Future Studies at Western Michigan University since 1980, the director of the international course on the "Future of Religion" in the Inter-University Center for Post-Graduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia/Croatia since 1975, and the international course on "Religion and Civil Society" in Yalta, Crimea, and Ukraine since 1999. The Inter-University Center is sponsored by the University of Simferopol, Simferopol, Ukraine, and Western Michigan University. 

Professor Siebert's main works are The Critical Theory of Religion: Frankfurt School, and From Critical Theory to Critical Political Theology: Personal Autonomy and Universal Solidarity. From 1955 to the present, Professor Siebert has developed the critical or dialectical theory of religion out of the critical theory of society, from the endeavors of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Frankfurt, globally known as the "Frankfurt School," and in continual discourse with sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, economists, philosophers, religiologists, and theologians from the United States, Canada, England, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Yugoslavia / Croatia, Israel, and Columbia.

The dialectical theory of religion emphasizes the three global alternative futures of society: Future I - the totally administered society; Future II - the entirely militarized society; and Future III - the reconciled society. It stresses the three global alternative futures of religion: Future I - religious fundamentalism; Future II - total secularization; Future III - the open dialectic between the religious and the secular aiming at a post-modern reconciliation between a reformed religion and a transformed secular enlightenment.

Prof Michael Brenner, USA

Michael Brenner is a recognized authority on risk assessment & management, American foreign policy, and geopolitics. He is a "Fellow" of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and a Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS-Johns Hopkins.  He also is Emeritus Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the Director of the International Relations & Global Studies Program at the University of Texas until 2012.

He has been an advisor to the United States government, a consultant to global corporations, a prominent participant in the programs of leading Washington think tanks and a prolific commentator on public affairs. His record of publication on a broad span of international issues is complementary to his extensive activities in the policy realm. 

He contributes essays regularly to the Huffington Post, the National Journal, and the Pakistani Spectator and also has written for al-Arabiya. Prof Brenner’s consulting includes the United States Departments of State and Defense, the Foreign Service Institute, Westinghouse Corporation and Mellon Bank.

Professor Brenner has worked in the energy field for 30 years. He directed a project on International Energy & Natural Resource Issues sponsored by the Exxon Educational Foundation that produced a series of 20 case studies. He contributed studies of the Persian Gulf Reflagging Crisis, Oil as a Coercive Instrument in the 1970s, United States – China Bilateral Nuclear Accord, and US-France Dealings in Nuclear Energy. In addition, he organized the Pittsburgh Energy Seminar while at the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, was Rapporteur for the Conference on Technology Transfer: Government & Industry in the Energy Sector at M.I.T. In the environmental policy field, he has conducted research on environmental management issues at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (La Jolla), Natural Sciences Research Council (London), and the Center For International Affairs (Harvard University).

He is the author of America’s Environmental Dilemma (Lexington Books) and The Scientific Advisory Function (Scripps Brenner is the author of numerous books, and over 70 articles and published papers on a wide range of topics. His most recent works are:; Democracy Promotion and Islam; Fear and Dread In The Middle East (also translated into Arabic);; Toward A More Independent Europe  (Royal Institute of International Relations), Brussels), Narcissistic Public Personalities & Our Times.

His writings include books with Cambridge University Press (Nuclear Power and Non-Proliferation), the Center For International Affairs at Harvard University (The Politics of International Monetary Reform);  Institute of International Affairs at Cornell University (The Functionalist Theory of European Integration); the Brookings Institution (Reconcilable Differences, US-French Relations In The New Era) and publications in major journals in the United States and Europe, such as World Politics, Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy, International Studies Quarterly, International Affairs, Survival, Politique Etrangere, and Internationale Politik. Prof Brenner has directed multinational research projects with colleagues in France, England, Germany and Italy supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, NATO and the Commission of the European Union.

Brenner is an invited lecturer at major universities and institutes in the United States and abroad, including Georgetown University, UCLA, the National Defense University, the State Department, Sorbonne, Ecole des Sciences Politiques, Royal Institute of International Affairs, International Institute of Strategic Studies (London), King’s College of the University of London, German Council on Foreign Relations, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and Universita di Firenze.

Brenner has held previous teaching and research appointments at Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Brookings Institution, University of California – San Diego, University of California – Berkeley, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University.  He also has been a Fellow of the Center on France & the United States in Paris.

His memberships include: APSA, ISA, IISS, Forum du Futur (Paris).

Prof Brenner is proficient in French and English.

  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. Political Science, Summa Cum Lauda, Phi Beta Kappa , Brooklyne College – CUNY
  • Certificate, International Relations, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Prof Willem Vervoort, Australia/Neatherlands

    Willem Vervoort has an undergraduate degree from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a PhD in field hydrology from the University of Georgia, USA. He has been working at the University of Sydney, Australia since 1999.

    He works with variety projects related to water, agriculture and the environment as groundwater interactions in stochastic ecohydrological models to predict vegetation distributions, measuring transmission losses from semi-arid rivers, probabilistic forecasting of rainfall, droughts and river flows, managing uncertainty in hydrological modeling, identifying spatial and temporal variability in groundwater levels and quality.

    He works internationally with capacity building projects and research projects, collaborating with various universities and research organisations in Mexico, the UK, the Netherlands, and in India. 

    Dr Kamal Kishore Sharma PhD

    a Public Policy Fellow of IIM Ahmedabad (PhD), has earlier served as a Class I Civil Service Officer with Government of India in Railways (IRTS).

    He has spent 29 plus professional years in formulating institutional strategies, executing, learning, leading & coaching. Apart from his well-grounded expertise in Leadership & General Management, he has deep interests in public policies in areas of education, environment, agriculture and water.

    He is currently involved in a social impact e-commerce startup that is solving last mile marketing challenges for farmer crops.  He is energetic, entrepreneurial & very widely connected & respected in Government, Corporate & Grassroots circles.

    Dr Prashant Srivastava PhD, Australia

    Dr Prashant Srivastava has served as editor and reviewer of several international journals and is Technical Editor of Remediation Australasia magazine. He has authored several research papers, book chapters and popular articles, and has been invited to present his work in several international conferences. He has been organising CleanUp conference series in Australia and overseas since 2015.

    He received his PhD and Masters in soil science from GBP University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, India, and subsequently obtained another PhD degree in environmental soil chemistry from the University of Sydney, Australia.

    He conducted his post-doctoral research at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory of the University of Georgia, USA. His research focuses on fate and transport of environmental contaminants and nutrients in soil, water and plants. He also holds tertiary qualifications in project/program management.

    Dr Prashant Srivastava is Principal Scientist and Business Manager at Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), based in University of South Australia in Adelaide, South Australia. He heads the research demonstration and outreach programs working closely with mining and oil sectors, environmental practitioners, regulatory authorities, and scientific researchers from around Australia. He has worked in both academia and industry. 

    Dr Vyom Parashar PhD, USA

    Dr Vyom Parashar is an inventor, traveller and wildlife enthusiast aiming to bring phenomenal change in the chemical manufacturing industries by eliminating waste and its management. A senior scientist at NanoTheransotics Inc USA (New York), he has developed next generation of products to be used in medical and agriculture industries.  

    • Umesh Rashmi Rohtagi, USA
      Advisor, Michigan University

    • Laurent Fournier, France/India

    • Alexander Chan, Australia
      Ambassador- Opportunity International Australia

    • Ms. Yora Atanasova, Bulgaria


    The Honorary Advisors (India)

    • Dr Rupnarayan Sett, India

    • Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi, India
      Gwangju Human Rights Award (2007)
      ACHA Star Peace award (2008)
      International Human Rights Prize of the city of Weimar (2010)
      Ashoka Fellow (2001)

    • P. K Siddharth IPS, India
      Author, Critic, Educationist and Social Entrepreneur
      Rtd Additional Director General of Police

    • Smt. Amla Ruia, India
      Industrialist
      Educationist, Environmentalist and Social Entrepreneur

    • Prof (Dr) H C Verma, India
      ​Rtd Prof IIT Kanpur

    • Fr. Anto Paul, India
      Director, Peace Channel
      Dimapur, Nagaland

    • Krishna Kumar Jakhar, India
      Zero-Budget Natural Farmer
      Environmentalist and Farmer Leader
      National President, Khet Khalihan Morcha

    • Prem Singh, India​

    • Amitabh Thakur IPS, India
      B.Tech, M.Tech (Indian Institute of Technology, IIT)
      PhD (Indian Institute of Management, IIM)

    • Prof (Dr) Surendra Pathak, PhD (Journalism)

    • N. S. Venkataraman, editor (Tamilnadu)

    • Prof Jyotirmoy Goswami, author, scholar (West Bengal)

    • Dr Lebon Serto, writer, peace activist (Meghalaya, North East Region)

    • Ravindra Bharti, Eminent writer

    • Rtd Prof Sheela Daga, Author and Scholar (Rajasthan)

    • Dr. Nutan Thakur, PhD, D. Litt

    • Promod Chawla, scholar and social activist (Delhi)

    • Sudhir Gandotra, humanist movement activist (Delhi)

    • Dr Dheerendra Umrao, Naturopathy Expert

    The Honorary Legal Advisors (India)

    (You could contact them from here to get legal support, advice and assistance)

    Prashant Umrao

    Prashant Umrao is an advocate practising at Supreme Court and Delhi High Court. He is a public speaker, writer and a Social Activist. He has been fighting against corruption and is instrumental in raising various social issues that have an impact on society through legal ways.

    • Petition against 21 AAP* MLA’s* holding an 'Office of Profit':

      Prashant had filed a petition to President of India, requesting him to disqualify 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLA’s as they were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries. After this Delhi Government had passed a bill in assembly to keep away Parliamentary Secretary post from Office of Profit, but Lt. Governor refused to sign the bill as it was unconstitutional. Election Commission of India had issued a notice to the accused MLA’s on 16th March 2016 for holding OoP. After three long years of hearing at Election Commission where Prashant Patel argued against these MLAs, and rejoinders were filed. After the completion of the entire procedure, a recommendation to disqualify these AAP MLAs was sent to the President on 19th January 2018. The President accepted the recommendation & ordered to invalidate all these 20 MLAs on 21st January 2018.
      It got published in the Gazette of India.

      (AAP*- Aam Aadmi Party. The ruling party of the Delhi State Government, 2015-20)
      (MLA*- Member of Legislative Assembly)

    • AMU* Food Matter For Non-Muslim Students:

      There was 96 year old tradition in Aligarh Muslim University of not serving breakfast and lunch to non-muslims during Ramadan. Prashant Patel raised his voice against this tradition through social and mass media, after this AMU was forced to stop this tradition and now food is being served to non-muslim students. 

      (AMU*- Aligarh Muslim University)

    Awards:

    Prashant is accorded with National Changemakers Award 2018, ‘The Hero’s Award’ and ‘Swarajya Rakshak Samman’ for his exemplary services to the society and nation. 

    Contact Advocate Prashant Umrao here

    Tamanna Pankaj

    Tamanna Pankaj, an advocate, legal writer and Human rights specialist. She has graduated with a law degree and postgraduate in Human Rights law in 2017. She has been writing since her childhood for various popular Children Magazines and presently is an active writer at various legal websites. She has been practising in the High Court Of Delhi. Presently she is associated with the Guild For Service as a Legal Counselor, headed by Dr Mohini Giri, Padma Bhushan and Ex-Chairperson of National Commission for Women, India. She has prior experience of working with Universal legal, Tripaksha Litigation, Young Arena Litigators and National Green Tribunal of Delhi (NGT).

    Contact Advocate Tamanna Pankaj Chaturvedi here