Sunday, May 17, 2020


'The Future We Want' is a series of online sessions conducted by IofC India, where individuals from all walks of life will share their personal stories of change with the aim to inspire individuals and organisations to take the first step towards bringing a positive change in the Society.


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Kalpana Sharma

About the speaker

Kalpana Sharma is an independent journalist and author. With almost five decades as a journalist, and specialising in developmental and environmental issues, and gender, she has worked with Himmat Weekly, Indian Express, The Times of India and The Hindu. She was also Consulting Editor with Economic & Political Weekly and Readers’ Editor with

Her publications include: The Silence and the Storm: Narratives of Violence Against Women in India (2019), Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia’s Largest Slum (2000), Single by Choice, Happily Unmarried Women (ed; 2019), Missing: Half the Story, Journalism as if Gender Matters (ed; 2010), and Whose News? The Media and Women’s Issues (co-ed; 1994/2006), and Terror Counter-Terror: Women Speak Out (co-ed; 2003).

Theme: Wish List for a Post-Covid Future

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Suresh Khatri

About the speaker

Suresh Khatri of Suva, Fiji, encountered MRA-IofC while at Auckland University in New Zealand in 1966. He was drawn by its challenge to strive for global change starting with personal change, and has worked as a full-time volunteer ever since. Alongside his consistent care for and friendship with many individuals, his path included initiatives across East India while based in Calcutta; being part of stage productions like ‘Song of Asia’, which travelled through Asia, Europe and Canada; helping with the creation of the international training and conference centre ‘Asia Plateau’; working to build better relations between ethnicities in Fiji through the initiative ‘Fiji I Care’; and, in recent years, through various outreach programmes, mentoring young people who feel called to serve. His book, ‘Beyond Walls’, soon to be translated into Hindi, showcases stories of personal transformation from around the world. He is based at Asia Plateau, with his wife, Leena, with whom he continues various initiatives across India.

Theme: A quest to open new doors

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Neerja Chowdhury 

About the speaker

A senior Journalist & Political Commentator, who regularly writes for the Times of India, Economist Times. The Scroll & Amar Ujala, She was the political editor of the Indian Express for ten years and has covered 8 PMs & all major political parties, as also Parliment, state & national elections for the last 30 years. Involved for the last ten years in advocating the importance of combating the issue of malnutrition in India. In her conversation she spoke on the theme The Changing Model of Leadership

Theme: The Changing Model of Leadership

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Dr. Ravindra Rao 

About the speaker

Over fifty six years ago inspired by a call for a  'Clean, Strong and United India' Dr. Ravindra Rao gave up his dental studies and joined a group of dedicated youth led by Rajmohan Gandhi. Dr. Ravindra Rao has been active with MRA (now IofC) ever since. After ten years of full-time work with IofC , he returned to university and complete his dentistry, got married to Jayashree, and became a top dentist of Bangalore. He has held a number of positions at national level of the Indian Dental Association and pioneered Dental Implants in the south. He is also a prominent Rotarian and was honoured as "best president of the year" by Rotary International, on the first year of institution of this award.

Eleven years ago he and his wife wound up their dental and buisness establishments in Bangalore and moved to Asia Plateau in Panchgani to give leadership to the work of the centre on full-time basis. He served as the Director of the centre till september last year and Jayashree established Grampari, the Rural and Ecological focused work of IofC in India. 

The Government of Maharashtra has appointed Rao to the Governing Board of 'YASHADA', the state Govt. training centre for officers. 
They both live at Asia Plateau.

Theme: The Fire Within

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