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A.K. Bhagwat
Late Prof. A.K. Bhagwat was an eminent teacher of English Literature. He taught in Willingdon College, Sangli and later on in The Arts, Commerce and Science College at Wai, where he was the Principal. Prof. Bhagwat edited the writings of the Gandhian thinker Acharya S.J. Bhagwat for the National Book Trust, India. Prof. G.P. Pradhan is a freedom fighter, who suffered imprisonment in the Quit India Movement in 1942. He taught English in Ferguson College and later on worked in The Socialist Party. He was an active member of the Legislative Council for almost two decades and later became the honorary editor of Sadhana Weekly. Prof. Pradhan has written seven books in English and nineteen books in Marathi. He has written on Gandhiji, Dr. Ambedkar as well as on India’s Freedom Struggle.
Ajahn Brahm
Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (known to most as Ajahn Brahm), born Peter Betts in London in 1951, is a Theravada Buddhist monk. Ajahn Brahm grew up in London and earned a degree in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University. Disillusioned with the world of academe, he trained as a monk in the jungles of Thailand under Ajahn Chah. A monk for over thirty years, Ajahn Brahm is a revered spiritual guide and the abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia-one of the largest monasteries in the southern hemisphere. He is also the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, and spiritual adviser and inspiration for Buddhist centers throughout Asia and Australia. His winning combination of wit and wisdom makes his books bestsellers in many languages, and on his teaching tours Brahm regularly draws multinational audiences of thousands.