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Niketu Iralu

Niketu Iralu on Trustbuilding

Thursday, 13. February 2020


At Asia Plateau during the ‘Towards a Humane World’ conference we had the honour of interviewing Niketu Iralu on why he believes building trust is crucial to the work he does within communities.

Niketu Iralu was born in 1935 in Nagaland, the state in northeastern India closest to the Indo-Myanmar border. He was introduced to Initiatives of Change (IofC), then MRA, at Madras Christian College, and started to work full time with IofC in 1957. He has worked with in various parts of India and in different countries of Asia, Australasia, Europe and North and South America over the course of his life. Based at Asia Plateau, Panchgani, the IofC centre in India, from 1968 to 1995, he assisted with various training courses conducted to build cooperation and inspire inner change for outward action.

We sat down with him after he spoke during a panel session with fellow trustbuilders Rajmohan Gandhi and John Bond. Watch the interview here:

The Trustbuilding Program is aimed at addressing divisive issues at the international and national levels, on the premise that only those who have undergone the internal process of becoming trustworthy themselves can close gaps across the globe. The Program was launched by Initiatives of Change International in 2019 with projects in Kenya, Canada and France.