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Abhinav Agarwal is a technology professional with over twenty years of experience working in India, Canada, and the US in business intelligence, analytics, big data, Warehouse Management systems, e-commerce applications and more. He is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Indic Today.
Abhinav is the technical editor of a McGraw-Hill book, runs a blog with two-million page views, and has delivered guest lectures at management institutes on analytics and governance. He has spoken at conferences across four continents and also delvers workshops on technology, career planning, and management practices. Abhinav is a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.
Aparna M Sridhar
Aparna M Sridhar joins as the Editor for Center for Soft Power (www.centerforsoftpower.org) and Consulting Editor for Arts at Indic Today. Aparna is a senior journalist and editor, with decades of experience in journalism and allied fields. She is a DFID scholar with a Masters (with Distinction) from the Scarman Centre for Public Order from the University of Leicester, UK, a graduate of the Asian College of Journalism, Bangalore (now Chennai).
Aparna successfully edited a much-appreciated monthly Indian classical music magazine called, Saamagaana, The First Melody, for over four years. Earlier, she has worked with many mainstream newspapers, and she continues to free-lance for leading dailies. Her interest in classical arts, heritage, and Indic knowledge systems, and their place both within modern India as well as on the International stage, brought her to the Center for Soft Power, a collaborative effort between India Foundation and Indic Academy.
In her role as Editor she engages with leading scholars, artists, writers, scientists, journalists, and Indophiles at large, showcasing the beauty, relevance, and unparalleled value of Indian heritage to all of humanity.
Welcoming her to her new responsibility, Hari Kiran, Founder Indic Academy said “ I have been interacting with Aparna for over a year now. She has been instrumental in initiating several initiatives in the field of arts for which Indica extended support by way of grants. She has opened new leads to preserve and promote our Culture, a third and important vertical that Indica is focussed on, in its mission to build a global renaissance. We are excited about her joining our team and look forward to leveraging on her expertise, experience and engaging her with various artists in India and Indophiles abroad.”
If you are an Indophile yourself, and/or know people working in areas related to Indian knowledge systems, art, music, and heritage, do reach out or request them to reach out to Aparna on her email: firstname.lastname@example.org."
Surendranath Chandranath is a columnist and speaker on various topics relating to India's History and specifically the traditional knowledge systems. He is the Consulting Editor at Indic Today. Surendranath has run workshops on the 6 vedangas, written on issues of cultural encounters that India has had in the past several centuries. He is a rasika of Carnatic music and folks art forms like therukoothu. He has also received basic training in Vedic chanting and is an avid student of ritualism across cultures. Surendranath has been a software engineer for 22 years and has Undergraduate and Master's Degrees in Technology from IIT, Bombay. He lives in Chennai with his wife of 20 years and two children.
Dr Mrunalini Newalkar
Dr. Mrunalini has had a brilliant academic career, with Gold Medals at both Graduate and Post-graduate levels. She has more than five years of Post-graduate teaching and research experience in subjects like Veda, Vyakarana, Puranas, and Sanskrit Literature. An ardent fan of Puranic Literature, she has completed her M Phil and PhD in Puranic Theology. She was awarded 'The Justice K. T. Telang Junior Research Fellowship in Indology' instituted by the Asiatic Society of Mumbai for an independent Minor Research Project on Jaiminiya Ashvamedha. She assists eminent authors with research; and also works with media houses on various projects pertaining to Indian Culture and Mythology. She has several research papers and articles to her credit. She is currently working as Research Editor with Indic Today.
Dr Yogini Deshpande
Dr. Yogini Deshpande is a practicing Civil Engineer by profession. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Indic Today.
Dr Deshpande has degrees from Mumbai University & Purdue University & diverse experience in academia, research & consulting. She has been associated with Indic Academy since it’s inception & is it’s Mumbai Chapter coordinator. She is an avid reader, Indian Classical Music aficionado & keen political observer.
Makarand R Paranjape has been Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University since 1999. He got his B.A. (Hons.) in English from St. Stephen’s College, and MA & PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). Makarand is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Indic Today.
His recent books include Debating the Post Condition in India: Critical Vernaculars, Unauthorized Modernities, Post-Colonial Contentions (Routledge, 2018), Cultural Politics in Modern India (Routledge, 2016),The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi (Penguin Random House, 2015), and Transit Passenger/Passageiro em Transito (University of Sao Paolo, 2016), an Indo-Brazilian book of poems. Makarand is currently a columnist for Swarajya, DNA, and Mail Today.
Nithin Sridhar has a degree in Civil Engineering, and having worked in construction field, Nithin passionately writes about various issues from development, politics, and social issues, to religion, spirituality and ecology. He is the Consulting Editor at Indic Today.
Nithin is also the Editor of IndiaFacts & Advaita Academy and is based in Mysore, India. His latest book “Musings On Hinduism” provides an overview of various aspects of Hindu philosophy and society.
Ramesh N. Rao
Ramesh N. Rao is a professor in the Department of Communication at Columbus State University. He has taught for more than 30 years in the United States. He arrived as a graduate student in September 1985 in Hattiesburg, MS, where he earned an MS in Mass Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi, moved to East Lansing, MI, to earn a PhD in Communication from Michigan State University (where he began teaching). Ramesh has taught at Truman State University, in Kirksville, MO, and at Longwood University, Farmville, VA. He now teaches at Columbus State University where he has been since May 2013. Ramesh is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Indic Today.
He has written/co-authored/edited about six books on Indian politics, culture, and society, and has co-authored a textbook on Intercultural Communication. He has taught a wide variety of communication courses: from public speaking to mass media law, and from persuasion to intercultural communication. Teaching online (almost exclusively) over the past five years he has understood the demands and challenges of offering online education, and basks in the gratitude and thanks that students offer him when all systems are go, and when the daily email that he sends them, every weekday, tickles their fancy.
Ramesh Rao loves to listen to Indian classical music, and when his knees and ankles allow him, to play some tennis. He lives with his wife, Sujaya, and son, Sudhanva, in Fortson, GA.
Srinivas Udumudi is the director of Indic Academy, founded by well-known philanthropist thinker Harikiran Vadlamani. Indic Academy strives to bring to forefront and create conditions for blossoming of ancient Indian thought that has universal relevance and thus to the modern world. Indic Academy supports scholars and institutions which specialize in traditional Indian thought and are able to critique established intellectual architecture that underpins modern academic, political and social institutions today. Srinivas Udumudi works with various organizations and scholars in designing courses and workshops on various aspects of Indian thought. He is also the Member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Indic Today.
Srinivas is the Hyderabad chapter coordinator for Indic Book Club, a sister organization of Indic Academy which has emerged as the sole goto organization worldwide which supports writers who write on subjects based on Indic civilizational thought and values. Srinivas Udumudi heads India’s premier genetics and genomics research and services organization based out of Hyderabad. Srinivas did his B.Tech in Computer Science from REC Warangal (now NIT) and Masters in CS (Artificial Intelligence) in the US, and has over 25 years of industry experience. He has deep interest in carnatic music, Indian philosophy, Western continental philosophy, and intellectual history of India and the world.
Sumedha V Ojha
Sumedha Verma Ojha is an author, columnist and speaker, was born in Patna and educated in Delhi, graduating in Economics (Lady Sriram College) and post-graduating in Sociology (Delhi School of economics). After 15 years in the Indian Revenue Service she switched careers to research and write a book set in the Mauryan period based on the Arthashastra of Chanakya. ‘Urnabhih’ then expanded into a book series on the Mauryan Empire. Sumedha is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Indic Today.
She works in the area of translating and explaining the epics and bringing ancient Sanskrit/Prakrit literature to the English speaking Indian as also in the area of a gendered analysis of ancient India. She lives with her husband near Geneva and has two children both studying in the US.
Sunanda Vashisht is a Health care professional in Houston, Texas. She is passionate about reading, writing and dreaming, likes to introduce herself as an explorer. Sunanda is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board at Indic Today.
Deeply interested in Politics, Current affairs, Foreign policy and Strategic affairs, Sunanda has been blogging and writing columns for many years now. She is co-founder of myind.net she enjoys nothing more than solitary walk in desolate woods.