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Dr M M Verma
President and Founder, InterFaith Foundation, India
 
 
Introduction
Engagements
Fifty One Visits Abroad
Publications
Articles
Recent Awards and Honours
Photo gallery
Dr M M Verma

Dr M M Verma, born in Lyallpur, West Punjab in undivided India, had a humble beginning. He acquired his primary and secondary education in Delhi. Graduating from Delhi University, he doubled his Master’s degree in Political Science and History. Subsequently, he completed his Ph.D. in which his topic of research was Gandhi’s Technic of Mass Mobilization. His interests are totally academic, involving reading, writing and research. He spent his whole life in teaching at Delhi University (1962-‘95), and sharing knowledge at different forums and demographics of society.

Dr Verma  has spent over 20 years of his life in promoting  international understanding in areas of social and cultural interest. He is gifted with understanding  the complexity of international relations and how best to harmonize in such an endeavor. He founded Centre for UN Studies in 1989 (a Regd. NGO) and subsequently Interfaith Foundation, India in 2005 (Regd. under Trust Act).

Over the last ten years, Dr Verma has devoted his time entirely to the study and research of World’s major Scriptures. His realization that the genesis of all Scriptures and their message is the same, has been widely shared and accepted by scholars and leaders of different persuations. Dr Verma has been particularly anguished by the fundamentalist approach and radical behavior under the grab of religion. Dr Verma is not professing synergy of religions, and it is not his intent to advocate a new religion but to demystify and simplify the message of earlier Scriptures and disseminate the same in non-denominational language.

Dr Verma dreams of a world, free from religious limitations, boundaries and conflicts. His approach has been widely appreciated by different religious groups. Scholars and leaders of different religious dispensations have not only accpected Dr Verma’s belief but have embraced him wholeheartedly. Despite his profound knowledge, Dr Verma remains humble to the core and calls himself a student in pursuit of continued learning.

Dr M M Verma received a medal from Dr Tadeusz Scelachowski, Vice President of Poland on 12th  April 1989 for his outstanding contribution to promoting Indo-Polish relations. He was awarded Saropa (Sikh Honour) in Delhi on 15th November 2006.

Dr Verma has three children and six grandchildren. He lost his spouse after a healthy married life for 46 years. His daughters—Mrs Neerja Dhawan is an  Associate Professor and   Head, Department of Political Science, SPM College, University of Delhi. Dr Mrs. Jyotsna Rajan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commerce, Lady Sri Ram College, University of Delhi. His son Ratnesh Mohan Verma is the Senior Vice President, Hyatt International. Dr Verma is an affectionate family member and loves to spent his leisure time with his children. Dr Verma Cherishes the loving memory of his wife, Lt. Mrs Savita Verma, who was the settler of this trust, Interfaith Foundation, India.         

Engagements
1962 – 1995 Taught Political Science at Delhi University, Delhi.
1985 – 1988 Director Research, Institute of Non - Aligned Studies, New Delhi.
1989 Lifetime Director, Center for UN Studies, New Delhi.
1991 – 1993 Director, Institute of Human Resource Development, New Delhi.
1991 Lifetime President, Indo-Polish Friendship Society.
1992 - 1996 President, Indo-Slovak Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
1999 Director, Afro-Asian Rural Reconstruction Organization.
(A Specialized Agency of United Nations)
2005 Lifetime President, Interfaith Foundation, India.
2007 Senior Advisor, India-Russia Chamber of Commerce, New Delhi.
2010 Member, Executive Committee, Temple of Understanding, an International Body with Dr Karan Singh as International Chair.
2011 Lifetime President, The Brotherhood.
2012 Chief Patron, Divine Abode.
2012 Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Religious Thoughts, Al-Mustafa University of Tehran.
2012 Chair, Religious Harmony, IASE (D) University, Rajasthan
 
Publications
 
Name of The Book Publisher Year of Publication

Bhagavad-Gita

-DO-

         

Planning for the Poor,  ed.

Gitanjlee Publishing House, New Delhi

         1986

Human Resource Development, ed.

-Do-

         1988

Korea in World Politics

-Do-   

         1996

NAM and Security in Asia Pacific Region

Institute of Non-Aligned Studies New Delhi

          1988 

Gandhi’s Technique of Mass Mobilization (The book was released by the President of India Late Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma)

R. K. Gupta Publishers, Connaught Circus, New Delhi

          1990

Political Thought of Kim IL Sung
(Late President, DPRK)

-Do-

          1990

Harmony of Faiths and Civilizations, ed.

Institute of Objective Studies Jamia, New Delhi

          2008

Planning for the Poor Planning for the Poor Human Resource Development
Korea in World Politics Harmony of Faiths and Civilizations NAM and Security in Asia Pacific Region
     
Political Thought of Kim IL Sung Gandhi’s Technique of Mass Mobilization
   
 
 
 
 Magazines
  • Pracheta, a Hindi Monthly, for 10 years as Managing Editor
  • Indian Economic Almanac (A Research Quarterly), Editor for 4 years
  • Human Health and Environment, Edited for 1 year
  • Published ‘N’ Number of Articles, TV Programme
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    Articles

    On Religion

    Religion! What’s religion?  Who discovered religion? What were the religious messages? Where and how they were delivered ? What was the subject matter of religion. What purpose, the religious masters thought  that their messages would serve? How have the religious messages been interpreted and reinterpreted? It is believed that all holy scriptures are the truthful record of the messages of the masters. It is a sensitive matter. Whatever the case may, the real question is whether or not people conform to the messages of their religious masters.

    As it is, the original religious messages were delivered in the ancient  languages. The Vedas and other sacred books were scripted in Sanskrit. The Holy Quran was written in Arabic. Buddha’s messages were recorded in Pali. The Bible was first written in Hebrow. Confucianism was written in the_ancient languages of China and Russia.

    The truth of the matter is that these recorded ancient languages could not become people’s language. In due course of time a group of learned peoples emerged and established their monopoly on the religious texts. It is these religious scholars who, gradually, made it the family affair. Father was succeeded by his children. This went on for a very long span of time. These religious scholars slowly slowly emerged as people’s leaders and custodians of their faith. For various reasons, the rulers started paying regards and grant physical comforts to these religious leaders of the people. They could frighten these “holy” leaders. This kind of hobnobbing suited the requirements of both the parties.

    Sometimes, there was smooth sailing and sometimes uncomfortable walking together continued. This kind  of alliance had different status in different parts of the world. In Europe, the  tug of war was rather long-drawn. It resulted in the ultimate victory of the king over the Pope’s authority. In West Asia, however, the kings emerged as the final religious authority. Political and religious authority was concentrated in the same hands.
      
    So far, so much. With the emergence of sovereignt states, the religious authority was clearly subordinated. The rulers wielded power with sword and claimed that they got authority directly from God. The middlemen were relegated into the background.With the passage of time, political and religious authority  was separated. With the changeover in the political system from dictatorship to democratic setup, a new class of people have come into power. Not strangely, these so- called democratic leaders are hobnobbing  with the religious leaders of different communities.It goes without saying, the religious leaders do wield a great influence with their respective communities. Obviously, the politicians do their best to exploit the religious factor to manipulate power.

     
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    Religious Man

    A man of any religion can be called religious  if he abides by the principles of truth and love. A true Hindu/Muslim/Christian /Sikh is a religious person provided he believes in truth . Although man has brute strength in him, yet he is not a brute. The brutes are devoid of divine spirit i.e; ( Arjuna’s strength).The sword of the Khalsa  is meant to kill the brutes who side with the evil.
    Gandhi says he is an ordinary person. He is like all and not an avatar, and everybody can become like him, given the same amount of tapaysa and discipline. Laski says: you must create conditions for the exercise of virtues. You must create awareness in the meanest to exercise moral tenets. Gandhi is aware of the role of circumstances, that’s why he fought against  all kinds of slavery- political, economic, religious and social to free man from all these shackles and enable him to  experiment with moral values i.e; divinity in him, which is his  natural gift, inherent and inborn. But this divinity has to be cultivated and developed to make him more and more spiritual. What are the present religious leaders doing all  the world over. They hardly think of man’s regeneration, reorientation, redefinition and spiritual growth. They only tell the people  to blindly believe in what they command to become better religious creatures and qualify to reach and enter the gates of some far off ” Heaven” existing beyond the sky and  the stars ,  said to be God’s abode.
    Human nature, in its essence is one. And every man has the capacity for the highest possible development. The soul is one in all. Its possibilities are, therefore, the same for every one. The ideals that regulate one man’s life are present for acceptance by mankind in general. A person has to reach them by gradual evolution. Every body
    can become Buddha, if he  makes effort and cultivate the same hope and faith. What  Buddha practiced is capable of being practiced by all. No one is wicked by nature. If others are wicked, we are no less so. When I see an erring man, I feel that I have also erred. What is possible for one person is possible for all. Buddha claims no supernatural powers.
    The first step lies with the individual moral regeneration. It is Gandhi’s primary concern. A man can become a good citizen or a true satyagrahi only by disciplining his life according to these principles. The greater the spirit of satyagarha in us the better men and better citizens do we become. There is no finality or perfection which man can realize on Earth.

    Modern psychologists do endorse Gandhi’s belief that human nature is capable of undergoing immense changes. Gandhi does not say that man is all good, an angel at the very beginning of his life. He only believes in the existence of divine virtues, moral virtues, the divine spark i.e., the soul in each one of us. Some develop it, others  ignore it and march in the reverse gear. Those who go by it, become good, others evil. It all depends on what qualities – i.e., qualities of the soul, or compulsions of the body, you develop . The outcome will be logical and scientific. As you sow, so shall you reap. It is these processes which differentiate human beings and make classes, categories of people (i) good people and (2) bad people. But no one is absolutely virtuous or divine. And no one a complete devil. Thevirtuous persons too have some weaknesses, however negligible. As the devil too, has some good qualities hidden  deep within.

     
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    Where it goes wrong

    A life of happiness requires an overall progress and development both at the individual and the social level. A poor and illiterate society is bound to remain backward and unstable. Although the concept of classwar is considered to be an old gorgon yet it deserves to be appreciated both at individual, national and international level. Much before Karl Marx, Greek philosopher Aristotle laid down that one of the most potential factors causing discont and revolution is disparity between individuals. It is undeniable that the rich at the national and international level are at least partially responsible for the poverty, illiteracy and backwardness of individuals and nations.
    It seems that the present day crisis at the individual, national and international level are caused more by communal disharmony and distorted expressions of holy scriptures. It is possible to systematically eradicate illiteracy, poverty and backwardness through education and productive employment, made possible by the welfare state. The theory of violent revolution is redundant and no longer possible in the given state of powerful regimes. The poor are getting disunited as their problems are tackled at micro level. The workers of a small factory, what to talk of city, province, state, much less the whole world, do not find it possible to unite for a common cause.
    As an alternative to class war, the clever politicians, who also happen to wield economic clout, have forged a “holy alliance” with the “unholy” religious custodians, who are comfortable in enjoying political power.
    As it seems to be, religion is misused, and is made to play a negative role in the society. It is so easy to frighten the poor masses in the name of God. The state of life – poverty, illiteracy, backwardness, instability, misery, disease etc., are explained away as divinely ordained. Whatever the case may be, there is no justification in taking advantage of the helplessness of the unemployed poor youth and train them for revengeful activities. These young men are poisoned against the rich and advanced nations, once again, in the name of God. If it is really believed that a poor is poor, very poor, because of his karmas/sanskars (i.e., acts of commissions and omissions of the previous life) then the other individuals and societies are neither responsible nor guilty for his poverty. So why provoke these poor and helpless young men to take to terrorist activities by dangling before them carrots of rewards, mixed with divine mandate. No rich man will resort to terrorism.

    Undoubtedly, it is only the youth from the poor background who are prone to be misled. And it is these disadvantaged young men, who are trained to become daredevils. They are taught: “Go and kill those who are responsible for your misfortunes. God wants you to eliminate them from this planet”. The factor of poverty is inseparably mixed with divine will to provide a sort of religious cover for destructive activities. It is ununderstandable. How irreligious  are the groups of people who succeed in providing religious justification in killing the children of God. How preposterous? God has not given anybody a divine right to kill any sort of people, who hail from  different religious outfits and other nations. How criminal! Certainly, unpardonable in the court of the Lord. It is obviously a devilish gantlet to God’s own manifestations in diversity.

     
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    Follow Religion Truthfully

    The question is not about of any particular religion or to question its age-old exclusive claim to truth. Every faith focuses on love, unity in favour of love, unity and Universal brotherhood. The author is writing this to narrow the gulfs which have arisen to divided mankind. Religion does not teach hatred. Let’s follow religion truthfully.

    It is well-nigh impossible to change people’s viewpoint on religions matters. Yet there is no harm to read between the lines of our scriptures and appreciate the historical requirements of circumstances. When our scriptures were composed, the Lord revealed himself. And the Lord knew the stage that he was passing through. The Lord wanted himself to expand through the human race. It was a socio-economic requirement too. We did obey the Lord and carried out his command. But the Lord won't feel happy if we do not look after his creation - his children. That we should be able to house all His children well; educate them, give them nice food, shelter and clothing; nice bringing up, good jobs, marry them well and also help them own up small dwellings. How will all this be possible if we recklessly go on expanding and push His children into sub-human conditions, give them hopeless food, poor clothing and unhygienic shelter without rooftop. Will the Lord pardon us for our bad planning and for our sensual pleasures and uncontrolled procreative activity. That human race is growing like mosquitoes. Should 'we reproach ourselves. Let's twist our own ears. Let's control ourselves. Let's undertake social and economic responsibility while adding up even one more child into human race when we are unable to provide a worthwhile living to our present folk. Let's think, what is our true religious duty as ordained by our scriptures.

    Why not address God in one common name. Religion doesnot teach thatHindus call him lshwar and Bhagwan; the Muslims Allah, the Sikhs Waheguru, the Christians call him God. But if the scriptures are quoted correctly, we read that the divine attributes are more or less the coat tributes. There may be difference in illustrations, parables, analogies and mythology. But all address Him, as the Highest, the Supreme, All-powerful, All-knowing, Creator of everything - trillions of objects have been created by him; And He has created man in his own image. He knows all about all, for all times, past, present and future. He is timeless, ever-present (and present ) everywhere. He has no father or mother. Therefore, he is neither born nor does he grow, evolve, get old or die.

    Accordingly, he has no wife, no son or daughter. He reveals Himself and his greatness through his own representatives- such men belong to his world and not to our worldly world. These saints talk his language, practice divine virtues, preach what is revealed to them. Look, how much is common among the saints of different times, languages and historical backgrounds. There is much in common in the religions of the world.

     
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    Truth is Timeless

    Truth is timeless. It has manifested itself in incalculable and immeasurable objects, with new and new forms, while some objects keep disappearing at physical level. No human can ever perceive the Truth in entirety (Guru Nanak). However, Truth has been powerfully and effectively expressed through men of Truth, called Prophets and Gurus. 

    The Holy Quran says: different messangers have been sent by the Almighty God to different people at different times, at different places/ regions to convey His message to the masses. The Holy Quran exhorts: Don’t discriminate among the Prophets, and the holy scriptures of other religions. Respect them all.

    Long long ago, the Rig Veda taught: Truth is One, but the wise call it by different names. Lord Krishna stated: All paths lead unto Me. Guru
    Nanak said: “Raha dovai khasam eko jano.” There are different paths, but the Master is One. Guru Gobind Singh said: Mandir, Masjid, Church, Gurudwara are the same; Prayer, Namaz, Ardas and Mass are the same. Sukhmani Sahib Ashtpadi 24, reads: The subject matter of all religions is the same. His worshippers and worship are of the same hue. Guru Arjan Dev said: Koi bole Ram, Koi khodai……  Kabir expressed it in the most beautiful words: Aval Allah Nur Uppai, Kudrat de Sab bande, ek Nur te sab jag upje, kaun bhale, kaun mande. Gandhi digested and most courageously practiced interfaith at the national level.

    International conferences on Interfaith are being held all over the world. It is believed: religion is a great power and this power should be utilized for world peace and harmony. But motivated religious leaders of all faiths distort religious gospels and mislead the credulous masses of their respective communities. They have practically brought havoc with the humankind. This throws a gantlet to the right thinking leaders and religious men to come forward and counteract the pernicious propaganda of the satan. If you love God, you have to love His creation. It calls for an interfaith dialogue, highlighting the theme of One God and One humanity. All paths lead unto Him. We are all His children. Therefore, we are real brothers and not cousins.

     
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    Religion and Politics

    The state is essentially an institution which evolved to fulfill certain common needs of the individuals who composed it. It is fulfillment of these common needs which also explains of the nature of the state with the individual members who compose it. We live in a complex society that is undergoing rapid changes. In all modern states there is so much controversy over social, economic and political issues . On all these questions the opinions of the mass of the people are important. And sound opinions can result only from information concerning political facts and principles and from clear and logical thinking based upon such information.

    Ethics deals with conduct in so for as conduct is: (1) considered right and wrong.(2) The origin of moral ideas is closely connected with the origin of the state. (3) Both arose in that early group life when custom was law and when moral and political ideas were not differentiated.

    With the development of civilization and the conflict between private and group interests, custom gave way to individual morality on the one hand, and to law or political morality, on the other.

    Right and wrong have social sanction behind them. Rights and obligations also have political sanction behind them. Yet relations between morals and law are still close.

    When moral ideas become widespread and powerful, they tend inevitably to be crystallized into law. On the other hand, laws may modify moral standards, but if they attempt to force moral ideas in advance of their time they usually fall in enforcement. Moral standards fix the ideals towards which man is working, and it is from the ethical standpoint alone that the state is ultimately justified.

    The proper form and functions of government must be determined in the last analysis on the basis of the ethical compromise that secures the greatest good to the individual and at the same time promotes the greatest common welfare.
     
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    Recent Awards and Honours
    (i) Honoured as the Chief Guest at Annual Prize Distribution Function of Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi, 12 March 2010.
    (ii) Honoured with Saropa at Gurudwara Rakabganj, New Delhi, 13 November 2010.
    (iii) Honoured with Saropa at Golden Temple, Amritsar, 23 February 2011.
    (iv) Guest of Honour at International Sufi Festival, Ajmer, Rajasthan, 21 October 2011.
    (v) Gave Valedictory Address at National Interfaith Youth Conference, 21 December 2011.
    (vi) Chaired a Session and presented Keynote Address at International Youth Conference, G B Pant University, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, 12 January 2012.
    (vii) Honoured at International Conference, AMU, 12 February 2012.
    (viii) Honoured at the 3 Day International Conference of Al-Mustafa University of Iran, 13 March 2012
    (ix) Honoured at Bodhi Awakening, India International Centre, New Delhi, 16 March 2012.
    (x) Honoured by the Chancellor of IASE (D) University, Rajasthan on the Occasion of the Founder's Day on 14 July 2012.
     
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    Photo Gallery
    Milestones

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    Dr Verma with the British High Commissioner,
    HE Sir Nikolas Fenn
    Dr Verma with Amb. of Yugoslavia Dr Verma with Amb. League of Arab States
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    Dr Verma with Amb. of Combodia Dr Verma with Hon’ble Minister, R L Bhatia and Amb. of Slovakia Dr Verma with Lt Mr Sunil Dutt, MP and a great Indian Film Star
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    Dr Verma with Amb. of Iran Dr Verma with Amb. of Sri Lanka Dr Verma with Hon’ble Minister, R L Bhatia and Amb. of Slovakia
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    Dr Verma with Amb. of Egypt Dr Verma with Amb. of Russia Dr Verma with Amb. of Romania
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    Dr Verma with Amb. of Yugoslavia Amb. of Yugoslavia is addressing the Meeting  
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    Dr Verma with the an Aferican Diplomate   Dr Verma with the Amb. of DPR of Korea
     
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    Fifty One Visits Abroad
    Year of Visit
    Place of Visit
    Nature of Activity

    1983, 84, 86, 88, 96

    Pyongyang, DPR Korea
    Academic Meets
    1983
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    Led a Students Tour
    1984, 88
    Beijing, China
    Academic Meets
    1983, 84, 96
    Moscow, Russia
    Academic Meets
    1991
    Tehran, Iran
    Presented Paper at the West Asia Peace Conference

    1991, 93, 94, 95,96,97

    Prague, Czech Republic
    Led a delegation and lectured at Prague Institute of Foreign Affairs
    1988, 93, 94, 96
    Jagiellonian University, Warsaw Institute of Foreign Affairs, Indira Gandhi International School (Poland)
    Lectured and led delegations
    1991
    Budapest, Hungary
    Academic Meets
    1993, 94, 97
    Bratislava
    Led a delegation
    1994
    Vienna, Austria
    Led a delegation
    1995
    Thimpu, Bhutan
    Academic Meets
    1996, 97
    Singapore
    Academic Meets
    1997
    New York, USA
    International Conference of World NGOs at UN Headquarters
    1997
    Frankfurt, Germany
    High level meetings
    1997
    Geneva, Switzerland
    High level meetings
    1997
    Rome, Italy
    High level meetings
    1997
    Paris, France
    High level meetings
    1997
    London, UK
    High level meetings
    1997
    Tokyo, Nagasaki, Fokkuoka (Japan)
    High level meetings
    2008
    Madrid, Spain
    Presented Paper at International Conference
    2008
    Doha, Oman
    International Conference
    2011
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Member of a delegation
    2012
    Hong Kong
    Academic
    August 2012 Hong Kong Academic Meets
    August 2013 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia  Three-day Global Peace Convention Organized by GPF (USA)
    August 2014 Hong Kong Academic Meets
    Dec 2014 Turkey Interaction at Fateh University Istanbul Visit to Rumi’s Mazar, Konya
    Dec 2015 Dubai Academic
    March 2016 Abu Dhabi Visit to the Grand Mosque
    July 2016 Dubai Study Tour
    October 2016 Dubai Study Tour
    February 2017 Manila, Philippines International Peace Convention
    March 2017 Sharjah,(UAE) Study Tour
     

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