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What the distinguished and world-famous peace activist Mrs. Bagoes Oka from Indonesia said about Prof. Neelakanta Radhakrishnan sums up his extraordinarily eventful life and achievements: "A rare combination of intellectualism and activism, Prof. Radhakrishnan has distinguished in several fields. As an educator, administrator, founder of several educational institutions, author of over forty books, journalist, trainer of youth in nonviolence, theatre expert, actor, human right activist and researcher of folk arts, Prof. Radhakrishnan is an important source of inspiration to a number of innovative initiatives all over the world, especially in the field of training in nonviolence.

The role he has been playing in the global spread of nonviolence by interpreting Gandhian nonviolence creatively and adapting it to the emerging scenario has been widely acknowledged. He has deviated significantly from the traditional or dogmatic interpretation of nonviolence. To him, nonviolence is a creative force of empowerment and not any dogmatic bind."

The manner in which the Shanti Sena ideal of Gandhi is being adapted by him to create a nonviolent army of young people in the universities and schools in different parts of India and abroad attracted Prof. Glenn. D. Paige in the eighties.

The next stream of practitioners of nonviolence with whom effective links were established by Radhakrishnan is the Kingian Trainers in USA. The Gandhi-King link remained as an academic subject all the time since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. Bernard Laffayette, Captain Charles Alphin and Dr. Radhakrishnan, in their efforts to develop a Gandhi-King training module for peace activists all over the world, have been working together from the nineties.

The Gandhi Canadian Foundation, the SGI President Dr Daisaku Ikeda, Dr. Glenn D. Paige (Hawaii), the First Nations Assembly (Canada), Dr. Aryaratne (Sri Lanka), Vance Engleman (USA), Dr. Chaiwat Anand (Thailand), Dr. Gaviria (Columbia), Dr. Lou Ann Guanson (Hawaii), Dr. Gene Sharp and Dr. Richard Deats (USA) are only a few of the most powerful and ardent votaries of nonviolent champions who are part of Prof. Radhakrishnan’s quest for nonviolent alternatives and strivings for nonviolent value creation