Dr. Deepali BHANOT (India, Hindu)
Dr Deepali Bhanot is a former Associate Professor in the Department of Sanskrit at the JDM College, University of Delhi where she taught for more than forty years at both the Under Graduate and Post Graduate levels. She has been teaching papers related to Vedas, Upanishads, Sanskrit literature and Indian Culture. She also has a keen interest in Indian Art and Culture and the Sanskrit Shilpa Shastras. Her areas of specialization are the Vedas, Upanishads and Hinduism.
She has been associated with the various programs, projects, seminars and workshops organized by the Women’s Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi and served as the Coordinator of the Women’s Development Centre and the Certificate Course in Women’s Studies in her college.
She has been actively engaged in interfaith activities of peace and harmony for more than three decades. She joined ACRP as a Youth volunteer for ACRP II Assembly in 1981. She has served ACRP as the Coordinator of the Youth Wing and later as the Coordinator of the Women’s Committee. She has participated in all the ACRP Assemblies since 1981 and has participated and presented papers in a number of national and international interfaith seminars and conferences with a special focus on Interfaith Harmony and Peace.
At present, she is one of the Associate Secretaries General and a member of the Executive Committee of ACRP / Religions for Peace, Asia.
She has been associated with other interfaith organizations and has conducted a number of interfaith women’s journeys across India for Interfaith Coalition for Peace. The purpose of these interfaith women’s journeys was to carry the message of peace and harmony in conflict areas.
She has been a licensed trainer for the Springboard Women’s Personal & Professional Development, a women’s empowerment programme, sponsored by the British Council in India.
As a life member of the Guild of Service, an NGO engaged with women’s empowerment, she has passionately worked for the project of the rehabilitation of abandoned widows in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India for over two decades. She has co-edited a book entitled: Gender Concerns in South Asia : Some Perspectives.
Her special areas of interest are issues related to women and women’s empowerment, activities related to interfaith harmony & Peace and caring for the environment.
All religions teach the values of love, respect for all living beings, humility, tolerance, dignity and peace. These core values of all religions unite true coreligionists and believers despite the different outer symbols, rituals, and religious practices that are unique to each faith tradition. Mutual understanding, love and respect for others help us in building bridges of peace and harmony instead of building barriers of hatred. The need of the hour is to care for the environment, the planet earth and all that inhabit it.