Born 1959 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
writer, thinker, scholar, political scientist, peace worker and
educationist, who has authored/edited more than 100 works on
personalities of the Indian Sub-Continent including Mohandas
Gandhi, and on various social, religious, political,
historical, educational and cultural issues. Some of his works,
have been translated into Marathi, Tamil and Thai languages apart
from Hindi and English languages includes: Morality & Ethics
in Public Life (1999), Religion and World Peace
(1999-2003), Gandhi and Gandhism, Part-I (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), Civilization: its
Principles and Evolution (2004), Mahatma Gandhi at the Close
of Twentieth Century (2004) 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/bodies such as Friends at Archives Group, N. A. I., New Delhi, India (1985-90), Commonwealth Historians' Society (1990-91), Executive Council, Meerut University, Meerut, U. P., India (1993-4), Executive Council, M. D. University, Rohtak, Haryana, India (1993-5), Senate, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Tamilnadu (1994-7), United Writers' Association, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India (Since 1997), Peace Education Commission, U.S.A. (Since 2000), U.N. University for Peace, C.R. (Since 2000), Gandhi-Informations-Zentrum, Berlin, Germany (Since 2001) etc. He has visited many countries of the world as a visiting professor and scholar.
As a representative of Indian culture, Dr. Ravindra Kumar has delivered 200 lectures/talks at the Lucknow & Ahmedabad T.V. Centres (1992), Deccan Gymkhana Pune (1992), Mumbai Hindi Vidyapeeth Mumbai, (2001), Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat (2002), Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi, (2002), Manibhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, India (2003), J.T.V. (2003), Assembly of the 'Noida Senior Citizens' Forum (2004); A.D.M. University Manila, Philippines (1996); Thammasat University, Mahachula Buddhist University, Oriental Culture Academy, Silpakorn University & Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Between 1996-2003), Prince of Songkla University & Radio Southern Thailand, Pattani (Between 1996-2001), Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand (Between 1998-2002), Thaksin University, Songkla (2005) and Mahapanya Mahavidyalaya Buddhist College, Hat Hai, Thailand (2005); University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands (1997); Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Copenhagen Peace Research Institute & Radio Freedom, Copenhagen (1998), Odense University, Odense, Denmark, (Between 1998-1999), Centre for Adult Education & Vestfyns Gymnasium, Glamsbjerg, Denmark, (1999), University of Aarhus (2001), Aalborg university, Aalborg, (2001-2005) and the Danish Peace Academy, Denmark (2005); St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia (999); University Jaume I, Costello, Spain (2001); Peacetime Foundation and the Legislative Yuan (Parliament Premises), Republic of China (2001); Centro Studio Sereno Regis and the University of Torino, Torino, Italy (2002); Vienna University, Vienna and Federation for World Peace in Austria (2003); Gandhi-Informations-Zentrum', Berlin, Germany, and the Ökumenisches Zentrum beratung für Kriegsdienstverweigerer-Friedenspädagogische Medienstelle, Spandau, Germany (2003); the Academy for World Watch, Shanghai, People's Republic of China (2004); and Malaya University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2005) on subjects related to Asian values, civilization, culture, economic cooperation, Gandhism, human rights, international understanding, journalism, terrorism, value education, way of life and world peace.
As a peace worker, Dr. Ravindra Kumar started Peace-Review - an international journal of peace studies in 1998 and worked as its editor-in-chief till 2000. In 2001 he started Global Peace - another international journal of philosophy, peace, education, culture and civilization. He has inspired people all over the world for commitment towards non-violence by signing pledges. Dr. Kumar has been the chief organizer of a national and international seminars organized in collaboration with the Indian Council of Social Science Research at Meerut, U.P., on Religion & politics, in July 1993 and at Pune, Maharashtra, India on Morality & Ethics in Public Life in January 1996. Also he has been the convener and secretary general for the international seminar and symposium organized at Meerut, U.P., India on Education, Peace & Development in November, 2000, on Non-Violence & Democracy in April, 2002, on Human Rights in January 2003 and in Mumbai on Mahatma Gandhi in February 2004.
Dr. Ravindra Kumar works contribute 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. Apart from Meerut Ratna (1993), Nirala Smriti Samman (1998), Shan-I-Kaum (2003), Santidoot Ambassador for Peace (2004) and other honours, Padma Shri was awarded to Dr. Ravindra Kumar by H. E. the President of India in 2001.
Ravindra Kumar Articels in the Danish Peace Academy.
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