Sanatan Mission has been founded at the initiative of Guru Lalitendra and his close associate, Bhai Ashishnand
Guru Lalitendra is a spiritual motivator. He is popularly known as Lalit Shastri in the world of journalism. He is also an acclaimed environmentalist and wildlife film maker. He has covered the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh – first with The Hindu and then The Asian Age for more than two decades. Earlier, he had quit a corporate job to investigate the causes leading to the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster. He has extensively covered from ground zero for The Hindu, the riots that followed the demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya and repeated attacks by Naxalite-Maoists in the Central Indian States of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
He is one of the founders of Child Rights Observatory Madhya Pradesh, promoted by UNICEF for protection of children’s rights. He is also the founder President of Crusade for Revival of Environment and Wildlife (CREW), a not-for-profit organization. CREW works for conservation of environment.
He has authored Bhopal Disaster—an eyewitness account (1986). It underscores the causes that led to the poisonous gas leak at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal during the intervening night of 2 and 3 December 1984. The book titled “Bhopal Disaster—an eyewitness account”, was released by the then President Giani Zail Singh.
His second book, Political Mirage—50 years after India became Republic (2000), raises issues concerning civil society and is a collection of articles published in The Hindu. This book was launched by the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi in June 2000.
Guru Lalitendra is always in the forefront raising his voice for a society that is inclusive and not divided by narrow religious, caste, regional or linguistic lines. he stands committed to the cause of equality, social harmony and equal opportunity for all.
Bhai Ashishanand, who is called Ashish by his friends, has remained a journalist for more than thirty years. Starting as a photo-journalist and commerce reporter, he gradually climbed the ladders of his chosen profession and became in-charge of the entire editorial section of a leading English daily of central India. He is an avowed wildlifer and a naturalist. He has been associated with Sanctuary Asia’s “Kids for Tigers” Programme and has continuously worked with dedication for the protection of animal rights. He is also one of the founder members of CREW. This NGO periodically organises the Central Indian Highlands Festival – the prime wildlife film festival of central India.