UPKAAR MUNGAR

Upkaar Mungar was born in Durban into a family strongly committed to the reformed tradition within Hinduism. He explains that the reform movement in Hinduism is comparable to the Reformation brought about by Martin Luther in Christianity � a reversion to the sacred texts and the first principles of the religion. A victim of forced resettlement, Mungar grew up in Chatsworth under the shadow of apartheid, but it was a bracing experience that indelibly stamped him with the desire to implement his faith in practical ways. "I follow the Hindu principles described by the words Arya Samaj, which mean �noble society'.� Among other things, this calls on the individual to subordinate him or herself to the well-being of society. Mungar graduated in law from the University of Durban-Westville and then won a scholarship that allowed him to study for a master's degree in international relations in India. On his return to South Africa, he joined the Lawyers for Human Rights group and worked specifically on the rights of refugees in South Africa. He is currently the attorney for the Centre for Child Law, an NGO housed at the University of Pretoria. Mungar is dedicated to promoting the rights and interests of South African children.

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