Dr. Suman Khanna Aggarwal
Founder and President
An Associate Professor of Philosophy, Delhi University, India, from 1979 to 2013, Dr Suman Khanna Aggarwal obtained her doctoral degree on Gandhian thought in 1978 and has since translated her theoretical knowledge into practical action by founding the Gandhian NGO – Shanti Sahyog that works in the urban slums of Delhi. She has also extended her understanding of Gandhi ‘s ideology to her work as a Peace Researcher and Activist. To promote Gandhi’s legacy of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution and vision of a World beyond War, she has set up Shanti Sahyog Centre for Peace & Conflict Resolution. She has authored two books and published several articles in reputed journals on Gandhian principles.
She has completed three Post-Doctoral Research Projects in Canada, Sweden and India
As a Gandhian scholar, she has lectured extensively and taught courses on Gandhi in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, for instance, John Hopkins University – USA, McMaster University – Canada, Bradford University – UK, Scandinavian/Nordic Universities, and Al Quds University – Palestine/Israel, amongst many others.
A plenary speaker at international conferences, she strongly believes that individual social responsibility, dictated by one’s conscience, has the power to bring out social and political transformation.
She is a recipient of the following Awards for her community service of the underprivileged and her promotion of nonviolent conflict resolution:
2018 – BHARAT NIRMAN Literary Excellence Award for contribution to Gandhian Philosophy
2017 – VanvasiKalyan Ashram Award for Exemplary Social Service
2016 – All Ladies League (ALL) Iconic Leader Contributing in Better World Award
2014 – International Women Excellence Award
2013 – KaramveerPuruskaar (Global Citizen Award)
2012 – Rajiv Gandhi Global Vision Award Click her for her CV
Sr. Vice President
After her Masters in English Literature from Rajasthan University in 1962, Mrs Rishi worked with, ‘Concept Advertising & Marketing’-an Advertising Agency in Bombay for 4 years. In 1975, she joined The India Today Group in Delhi as Senior Manager, where she honed her skills in Marketing, Advertising and Media Networking. Her dedication and ethics along with relentless hard work led her to climb the ladder of success to become Senior General Manager – Advertising in India Today Group. She Joined Shanti Sahyog in 2007, where she brings the expenses of knowledge and expertise along with Compassion and Love for helping underprivileged children and Women. Her good Will In the Corporate World Helped Shanti Sahyog Immensely in getting funding for its Slum Community Development Project from Corporates under their CSR Initiative.
Sudhir Mohan Sethi
Mr Sethi who retired as Deputy Director General Personnel & Finance, National Cadet Corps (NCC) is a Civil Servant known for his organizational skills.He is credited with setting up the All India Air Force Civilian Sports Control Board. Known for his management skills he brings to Shanti Sahyog his wide experience and a firm commitment towards improving the lot of the underprivileged.
A post graduate in Hindi from Delhi University (1968) Suman Chopra acquired her diploma in journalism from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan in 1972 and joined her parents media corporate there after. In 1983, she launched her own corporate IMPRESSIONS INDIA and started an innovative and specialized publication entitled, RAILWAYS YEAR BOOK, which is considered an encyclopedia of international repute. In 1998, she brought out another journal -URBAN RAILWAYS which she continues to publish to date. Besides her professional work, her penchant for social work and zeal to give back to society led her to join Shanti Sahyog as a Life Member in 2010. She was elected General Secretary of Shanti Sahyog in 2016.
Som Nath Arora
A graduate from MD University, Haryana, S N Arora is a businessman who specializes in Disputed Properties Resolution in Delhi & NCR. He is also a renowned Legal Advisor/Counselor.
He is a very benevolent and compassionate person. He joined Shanti Sahyog in 2010 and actively participates in all activities.
Fr. T K John
Former Dean, Vidya Jyoti
Fr.T.K.John SJ, graduated from Kerala, completed his Theological studies in Darjeeling and secured his doctorate in the Upanishadhic Philosophy from Bombay University. He has worked with a few human rights groups in Delhi and began collaborative work with Dr. Suman Khanna at ChusathKhmbha slums near ITO. Retired as Principal of Vidyajyothi College of Theology where his students were also introduced to slum work. He is working for communal harmony, providing a platform where different messengers of peace groups have assembled and strove together for years. Currently extending limited collaboration to voluntary groups that are moved by a sense, justice, compassion and advocacy of human rights.
S K Kodasi
Former Director, T-Series
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Dr. A K Merchant
Chairperson, Sarvodaya International Trust Trustee, Lotus Temple
Dr. A. K. Merchant is the National Trustee cum Secretary, Lotus Temple & Bahá’í Community of India; General Secretary, The Temple of Understanding—India [NGO with consultative status at the United Nations]. National Trustee, Sarvodaya International Trust; Associate Secretary General, Global Warming Reduction Centre; Visiting Faculty, Centre for Cultural Resources & Training, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. A subject expert for research scholars enrolled for “interfaith education and Indian culture” of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; Honorary Director, Messrs. MK Aromatics Limited, Chennai. Dr. Merchant is the author of three monographs: (i) Communal Harmony – India’s Greatest Challenge (1991), which has been quoted in one of the Supreme Court Judgments on “Babri Masjid—Ram Janambhoomi” dispute, and (ii) Hindu Dharma evam Bahá’í Dharma (1999), (iii) Five Basic Human Values & the Bahá’í Faith (2009), and over two hundred articles and research papers that have been published in national and international dailies, journals and books. He is an active promoter of gender justice and has spoken on numerous occasions for the implementation of Beijing Platform for Action; the environment and ecology; world peace, inter alia; Resource Person for the promotion on discourse of science, religion and development.
Dr P V Raghu
Assistant Director, AIMA
Dr P V Raghu a graduate in science from Osmania University, Hyderabad and post graduate in Management Studies from FMS, Delhi University; and have over thirty five years corporate experience. His career in sales & marketing spanned across reputed corporate houses such as the Nagarjuna Group of Hyderabad, The Hindu publication group, India Today media group and Vaartha, a leading Telugu newspaper. Presently, he is working as Dy. Director with All India Management Association (AIMA), a highly respected national level institution that is now into the diamond jubilee year of its existence.
Gauri Raheja belongs to a Philanthropist family from Chandigarh. Studied in Carmel Convent School and Sacred Heart College she has always been interested in helping others. Shanti Sahyog has given her the opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives.
Shashi Sondhi did her Home Science from Sacred Heart Convent Dalhousie after graduation. Always active in social work – in 1971 war helped soldier families and visited soldiers in the front line in Punjab…..director of an orphanage and treasurer of a family Planning Association in Haryana…. now in Delhi, she was the treasurer of a Woman Welfare Association and now on the editorial board of a monthly newsletter which brings out a colony ‘s problems and news and also an executive member of Kailash Colony Welfare Association.
Former V P, SAGE Publications
Sharmila Abraham is a graduate in science from Osmania University, Hyderabad and post graduate in Management Studies from FMS, Delhi University; and have over thirty five years corporate experience. Her career in sales & marketing spanned across reputed corporate houses such as the Nagarjuna Group of Hyderabad, The Hindu publication group, India Today media group and Vaartha, a leading Telugu newspaper. Presently, she is working as Dy. Director with All India Management Association (AIMA), a highly respected national level institution that is now into the diamond jubilee year of its existence.
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Poor slum dwellers commonly suffer from unemployment, illiteracy, drug-addiction, and low mortality rates of both adults and children as a result of not supporting one, or all, of UN-HABITAT’s basic living conditions. We are actively working in 16 urban slums in Kalkaji/Govindpuri area & Tughlakabad village, New Delhi and our team consist of 43 people.