About Pushpita Awasthi
Professor Pushpita Awasthi was born on 14th January 1960 in Kanpur, India. She studied at the renowned Banaras (Kashi) Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and later for 20 years headed the Department of Hindi at a constituent college of Banaras Hindu University till 2001.
In 2001 she moved to Suriname (South America) as First Secretary and Professor of Hindi at the Indian Cultural Centre of the Indian Embassy at Paramaribo. She organized the seventh World Hindi Conference in 2003 at Paramaribo.
Ph.D in Hindi literature, Dr Pushpita Awasthi was awarded Padmabhushan Moturi Satyanarayan Award for the promotion of Hindi in foreign countries by the President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee on 30 May 2017.
Dr. Pushpita has about sixty books to her credit which include collection of poems. Her poems are also included in an international magazine Poetic Bond V & VI (2015- 2016) published from Willowdown Books, U.K.
In her poems the everyday, contemporary experience echoes the mystic poetry of Kabir and the love poetry of Sanskrit poet Jaidev.
Dr. Puspita Awasthi’s Heritage
At the root of creativity lies the soil in which you are brought up and nurtured. Being educated, and later on serving as a teacher, in the educational institute of a world-renowned thinker J. Krishnamurti in Varanasi, nourished Pushpita’s sensitivity for nature and all living beings.
The neighboring institutes of Vinoba and Gandhi enriched her with the wisdom of Sarvodaya thinking.
She also witnessed the presence of great pioneer of Land-gift movement (Bhoodan) Sant Vinoba Bhave. She also got the opportunity to have dialogues with Jayprakash Narain, the great social reformer who initiated the movement called “Sampoorna Kranti” (Total Revolution) and with great Gandhian thinker Narayan Desai. Early exposure to all these streams of thoughts contributed in building a strong foundation for the creative world of Pushpita which was enriched with humanitarian philosophy of J. Krishnamurti and non-violent philosophy of Gandhi and Vinoba.
Pushpita also came in ideological contact with great Gandhian thinkers Dr. S.N. Subbarao, Dr. Ramji Babu, Gautam Bajaj, Ramchandra Rahi and Sadhak ji. She had dialogues with well known Hindi authors and critics like Amrit Rai, Prof. Shiva Prasad Singh, Prof. Kashi Nath Singh, Prof. Namvar Singh, Prof. Chandrabali Singh and Shrilal Shukla. She also got inspired by Buddhist scholars like Prof. Krishnanath and Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche.
Dr. Pushpita Awasthi is a renowned professor, writer and poet of Hindi. She is the chairperson of Acharya Kul, Wardha, India, an institution founded by the renowned Gandhian, Late Acharya Vinoba Bhave. She is actively involved in the promotion of Hindi language in countries like Suriname, the Carribean Islands, The Netherlands and others. Dr. Awasthi is closely associated with MIT World Peace University as its Global Ambassador for Peace and is actively working for the mission of Prof. Dr. Vishwanath Karad for promoting Culture of Peace in the world. The following is an extract of the article written by Dr. Awasthi on World Peace.
“Universal brotherhood is born in the womb of the Indian spirit. The philosophy of one world, one cultureis its core identity. This universal spirit of “Bharatiyata” (Indian-ness) has evolved since ancient times through various streams originating from the Vedic, Upanishadic, Jain, Bauddha, Sanatan, Arya Samaj, Sant, Islamic and Christian traditions. This holistic philosophy has flowered in the form of “World Peace Dome” in Pune. This dome has been constructed on the MIT World Peace University campus dedicated for science and technology.
The mother earth has not been exploited in constructing this World Peace Centre. This Centre is recognized as the biggest peace dome which has evolved out of great dedication and commitment of Prof. Vishwanath Karad who is a devout follower of Sant Jnaneshwara. This is a living pillar of the spirituality of science or in other words the science of Spirituality.
The great dome of Saint Jnaneshwara at the MIT World Peace University is a living embodiment of the scientific as well as spiritual accomplishment of Prof. Vishwanath Karad. Moral values of a structure is the source of limitless power whether in the field of science or spirituality. The source of such a power is based on truth and Morality. The relationship of science and spirituality is like a part containedin the whole.
In a deep sense spirituality is contained in the science and science is contained in spirituality. Goal is the same and difference is only of the paths. Both have an umbilical relationship: without the one the other can’t exist. The ultimate goal of both is to establish peace in the world. The deeper intention and goal of all these global institutions established by Prof. Vishwanath Karad are the same: MIT University and World Peace Dome as the universal centre for knowledge, science and spirituality”.
Dr. Puspita Awasthi’s Current Positions
- President, Hindi Universe Foundation, Netherlands
- National President of Acharyakul, Wardha, India
- International Convener, Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha, Ministry of Human Resource Development, India
- Global Ambassador for World Peace, MIT World Peace University, Pune, India.
- UNESCO Chain for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace & Tolerance, Alandi, Pune, India
- President, Guardian of Earth & Global Culture International Foundation, Netherlands & India
- President, International Nonviolence & Peace Academy, Netherlands & India
- Chairman, Vinoba Seva Sansthan, Gwalior, India
- General Secretary, International Indian Cultural Council, Mauritius
- Senior Fellowship, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indian Government
- International Coordinator, Rural Business Hub, RIIIGSC Pvt. Ltd. India
- Patron and Editor, Amstel Ganga magazine, Netherlands
- Research-work: Research on the writings of Dr. Awasthi going on in 37 universities of India and abroad