TEDxLaxmiVidyapeeth - Jun 2, 2019
Dr. Sudarshan Iyengar
Prof. Sudarshan Iyengar, Ph.D. Economics. Former Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. Former Director, C.S.S. Surat, G.I.D.R. Ahmedabad, and Chair Professor, Gandhian Philosophy at IIT, Mumbai. Active in the rehabilitation of tribal people in the Narmada Dam Project and 2001 earthquake relief for affected people in Kachchh. Written 65 research articles and 8 books including Gandhiji and Sanitation. Currently working with Action Research in Community Health and Development (ARCH) Dharampur.
Dr. Radhakrishna Nair
Since 2014 , Dr Radhakrishnan and his team is in the field of afforestation using the idea of Miyawaki method of creating forests . They have already created more than 40 such forests having 6, 00, 000 surviving trees, across eight states of India. The most loved jewel in his work is the forest created with 32000 trees, planted in a chemical dumping yard in Maharashtra , where more than 80 species of birds have their nests and the flora and fauna is a cynosure. Every project he has undertaken is a living example of the vedic idea of ‘Vasudhaiva kutumbakam’- Mother Earth a Family. His own humbleness and humility is the living expression of the Language of Nature!.
Mr. Shardul Patil
Practitioner of Environment-sensitive and community-centric Architectural processes, Natural farming and ecological architecture. Co - Founder of “Design Jatra”, which helps the communities to build their own sustainable habitats
Dr. Bhairavi Joshi
A dentist by profession, with a niche for creativity and always out with some new idea. she lives the Gandhian way of "being the change we want to see in others". She believes in bringing awareness through her own deeds and addressing the social issues , finding their solutions. She is on a journey of living a life , as a person and as a professional, that shall always find harmony with the environment.
Mr. Shekhar Bhadsavle
The person behind the success story of Saguna Baug, a popular Agro-tourism hub! After completing his Masters in Food Science and Technology from the University of California, he returned to India in 1976, to find sustainable, worthwhile livelihood through Farming profession. He has pioneered the Saguna Rice Technique, a no-till rice cultivation system, which just might be the answer for rice-growing countries like India to tackle problems of Food Shortage and Global Warming!
He is recipient of state, national and international awards for his contribution to agriculture and environment
Mr. Amrit Gangar
Film scholar, curator and theorist, he was a Consultant Curator to India’s first film museum, the National Museum of Indian Cinema set up in Mumbai, under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He has presented his theory of Cinema of Prayoga in India and across the world. He has written extensively on cinema (which he calls ‘Filmosophy’) both in English and Gujarati languages. His books have been awarded by the Gujarat Sahitya Akademi, Gandhinagar. Over the years, he has held film workshops in many parts of Gujarat and elsewhere. He has also taught film theory as an adjunct faculty at IIIT-Bombay.
Dr. Sanghamitra Desai
A Gandhian in true spirit and values, Dr Sanghamitra Desai has worked extensively for the revival of khadi and natural dyes. Her passion, to reach out to the people, advocating self reliance and to free oneself from the cycle of dependency, has found expression in the promotion of Khadi: the fabric of freedom!
A well-known Indian nuclear activist and physicist, Dr Gadekar lives in the remote tribal village of Vedchhi near the Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant in the western Indian state of Gujarat. He monitors the Indian nuclear industry, conducting surveys of power plants, uranium mines, and nuclear-testing facilities to determine the effect on the public’s health.
In 1987, he founded Anumukti, a journal devoted to establishing a non-nuclear India.