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Dr. Anil Kakodkar

A nuclear scientist who was the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and Secretary to the Government of India; he served as the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay (1996-2000).

Dr. D. R. Mehta

Former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, founder and chief patron of Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS); BMVSS was awarded special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organization for its services.

Dr. Sudarshan Iyengar

Chair Professor, IIT-Powai, former Vice-Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Ahmedabad, he is an eminent Gandhian scholar who is also an expert in environmental economics.

Ashok B. Jain

Chairman, JISL, who inspires his colleagues and demonstrates business leadership with a social conscience. He is the Founding Director of the Shri Mahavir Cooperative Bank, Chairman of the Bhavarlal and Kantabai Jain Foundation, Vice-President of the Maharashtra Harijan Sevak Sangh, and Member of the Autonomous Governing Body of IIT-Raipur.

Anil B. Jain

Vice-Chairman and CEO, JISL since 1992. He is an advocate for the welfare of small and marginal farmers throughout the world, and believes in creating shared value. As an innovative entrepreneur, he is known for his expertise in finance and change management. Mr. Jain has represented the Indian agriculture fraternity at global forums, such as G-8, G-20, IFC-World Bank and FAO.

Dalichand Oswal

Chairman, Shri Mahavir Cooperative Bank, Jalgaon. He is a prominent philanthropist, social reformer, and patron of a number of social initiatives.

Jyoti A. Jain

Chairperson of the Bahinabai Pratishthan, she is also a member of the Bhavarlal and Kantabai Jain Promoter Family of the JISL.
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Dr. Bhavarlal H. Jain

The Gandhi Research Foundation (GRF) was established by Mr. B. H. Jain. He was deeply influenced by Gandhiji whose core principles of Ahimsa (non-violence), Aparigraha (non-acquisitiveness) and Anekanthvada (non-absolutism) he embodied in his daily life. He stressed the crucial relevance of these Gandhian values, especially in the present age burdened as it is by violence, political dictatorship, materialism and immorality, all the while, lacking in true spirituality.

At the GRF, we aim to inspire the minds and influence the lives of individuals by articulating as simply and forcefully as possible seminal aspects of Gandhian philosophy. We also engage in empowering the lives of people living in rural India.

Dr. Bhavarlal H Jain is the Founder of the Gandhi Research Foundation and Founder Chairman of Jain Irrigation System Limited. He was the initiator of comprehensive research on and development of the human face in cutting-edge technology in the sector of water management and future-farming. As an exemplary social entrepreneur, being inspired by the values of nonviolence and truth, he conducted his business in trusteeship for the welfare of all. He was also a philanthropist who established several schools, an eye hospital, a sports association and a charity home, all in the provincial town of Jalgaon; on its outskirts, he constructed an irrigation dam for public use. Due to his immense contribution, he was the recipient of the third highest civilian honour in India, the Padma Shri Award.

Founder’s Message

"In all sincerity, I have come to firmly believe that Gandhiji’s political, social, economic, environmental and spiritual prophesies are the best available guidelines for a fractured, restive and divided world community to realign its orientation and revert to normalcy. In the actualisation of this process, I am convinced that the orientation of the present and future generations towards Gandhian thought will play a major role. For almost a decade, I have been feeling the need for a central facility where various aspects, highlighting Gandhiji’s life and vision (such as a substantial collection of Gandhian archives, a museum, comprehensive academic research facilities for conducting formal and informal Gandhian studies, extension activities, etc.), would be readily available to interested people from all spheres of life. With this background and aim in mind, I decided to build the Gandhi Research Foundation, or the Gandhi Teerth, a designation I relate to more closely. During six long years, this has been my labour of love. I sincerely hope that the effort has been worth its salt. I invite the Gandhian brethren and all other interested persons from all over the world to honour us with a visit to Gandhi Teerth, with the aim of entering into dialogue and conducting debates on crucial issues. Together, let us strive to preserve the Gandhian way of life for posterity. It is only then that the timeless legacy will be able to engage with mainstream world views. It is worth considering and remembering that omnipresent Gandhiji is also quintessential Gandhiji. His prophesies are the best, and perhaps the last hope for humanity to revert to humaneness."

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Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari

Justice Dr. Chandrashekhar S. Dharmadhikari, Chairman of the Gandhi Research Foundation, passed away at 1.30 am on 3rd January at the age of 92. As an Indian Independence movement activist and a Gandhian thinker, Dharmadhikari represented the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi for more than seven decades.

When Dada Dharmadhikari and Damayanthi Dharmadhikari were jailed during the Quit India campaign, their 14 year old son, Chandrashekhar S. Dharmadhikari, engaging in underground activity, helped sustain the movement for Swaraj. Since 1972, as a Judge of the Bombay High Court, and later as acting Chief Justice, he pronounced landmark judgments favouring women’s rights as well as the welfare of the marginalized, such as tribals, prison inmates and mentally challenged people. After retirement, he served as Chairman of the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal.

Throughout his long life he acted as torch bearer of Gandhian nationalism with profound commitment for intercommunal harmony and inclusive development. Furthermore, gender justice and economic equitability were at the forefront of his writings and speeches. Believing in the innovative strength of the young generation, as a modern Gandhian, he enthusiastically engaged them through dialogic conversations and writings which were published in the form of 24 books and innumerable articles in different languages.

Until his very last breath, as an untiring activist, he was associated with 29 organizations as President, Vice–President, Chairman and Trustee. Thereby he endeavoured to guide the nation on the path of nonviolence and Truth, a spirit he had imbibed from Mahatma Gandhi. Recognizing his services the Government of India honoured him with the award of Padma Bhushan in 2003.

When Dr. Bhavarlal H. Jain envisaged intensifying his social commitment along Gandhian lines, it was Dr. Dharmadhikari who encouraged him to establish a Gandhi Centre that eventually metamorphosed into the Gandhi Research Foundation (GRF). Under his able stewardship as its longstanding Chairman, the GRF has grown as a prominent organization promoting Gandhian ideals, effectively contextualizing Gandhi’s message and presenting it in an appropriate manner (for instance, through Khoj Gandhiji ki Museum) and at suitable venues (such as workshops, international conferences, etc.), thus transforming the GRF into a dynamic institution of contemporary relevance. It was Justice Dharmadhikari at whose behest, Bhau guided the GRF to evolve educational programs such as the Gandhi Vichar Sanskar Pariksha as well as rural regeneration initiatives. The latter is exemplified by an ongoing program, named Ba–Bapu150, at the behest of Justice Dharmadhikari, underscoring the importance of ‘Ba’ (Kasturba), as the Mahatma’s right hand, and thereby foregrounding the crucial impact of gender–parity in achieving Gram Swaraj.

Dr. C S Dharmadhikari had been a torch bearer of Gandhian values, with profound commitment for communal harmony and inclusive development. Gender justice and economic equitability were at the forefront of his writings and speeches.

Jain Family has said, "Justice Dharmadhikari’s departure has deprived the nation of a conscience keeper, the legal fraternity of a noble counsel, the Gandhian community of a beloved leader, and above all, the Gandhi Teerth and the Jain family of a fatherly mentor. He was a man of certainty of principles, clarity of thoughts, purity of emotions and spirituality of living. We are all going to miss him.

While condoling with the nation the sad demise of Justice Dharmadhikari, the Jain Family and the GRF pay tribute to the departed soul and make the solemn pledge to promote his ideals and endeavours which are highly relevant for contemporary times in the hope of a better future."