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Top MIT professor to chair World Hindu Congress in Chicago

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

A top of the prestigious (MIT), Dr Sriprakash Kothari, would the second World Hindu set to be held in this September, organisers of the mega event have announced.

More than 2,000 delegates from over 80 countries are expected to attend the second edition of the quadrennial conference to be addressed by nearly 250 eminent speakers from across the globe, including Tibetan Dalai Lama, and

"It gives me great pleasure to announce the highly distinguished and world-renowned Dr Sriprakash as the for the World Hindu 2018," Dr Abhaya Asthana, convener of the Congress, said.

is the Gordon Y Billard and head of the department of Economic, finance, and accounting at the Sloan School of Management, MIT. With close to two decades at this premier institute, he recently completed a six-year stint as deputy at the Sloan

He is the of the of the Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur, of the MIT-Program and an of world-renowned academic publication Journal of Accounting & Economics.

In a statement, hoped that the World Hindu (WHC) would bring greater awareness and enlightenment throughout the world about view of life through a message of spirituality, harmony and inclusiveness.

"tradition accommodates diversity and welcomes evolution of thought. I view this as an opportunity to march forward in our quest for a better society," he said in a message to organising team.

"must work towards a society that not only values meritocracy, morality, and accountability for action, but also compassion for the weak and disadvantaged as its cornerstones; to transcend the regional, linguistic and denominational identities into a larger Hindu identity. must be at the forefront in championing these causes," Kothari added.

Noting that an inescapable conclusion from history is that the journey towards spiritual attainment, social reform, and political freedom traverses through economic advancement, Kothari said the WHC must foster cooperation among those with ideas and with resources, and view commerce as a necessary means of furthering Hindu society for a better world tomorrow.

The three-day conference in from September 7 to 9 would have seven parallel conferences on economics, education, media, organization, politics, women and youth.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 05:00 IST