The Indian philosopher, co-chairman of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” Jagdish Chandra Kapur has passed on his 91st year.
J. C. Kapur has lived long enough to find out that many of his predictions had a tendency to materialize and become true. Albert Einstein said that “the intuitive mind is a sacred gift”. These words are very appropriate when one wants to describe Jagdish Chandra Kapur.
Jagdish Chandra Kapur received technical education at Panjabi University in Lahore and studied aircraft engineering in the Indian research institute in Bangalore. He continued his education in Cornell University (USA), and graduated with an M.A. in engineering. For more than 3 decades he worked in industry and he was one of the first on our planet who launched the research in solar energy usage. For these studies in 1963 he established Kapur Solar Farms. The same year J. C. Kapur founded Kapur Suria Foundation to support the future development of humanity.
The main distinction of this philosopher is that he was not a dreamer but an active implementer. More than 30 years ago J. C. Kapur bought an estate not far from New Delhi. That was an abandoned barren land then. Now this remarkable place is full of blooming trees and ponds with fish and peacocks walking around. His experience of transformation, of working on the land, of using the energy of the sun J. C. Kapur had set in the foundation of his philosophical system and his global vision.
We first met and decided to start acting together in 2003. That was how the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” emerged. In eight years from a small seminar it has grown into a renowned international public organization that unites participants from more than 60 countries of the world. J. C. Kapur’s ideas about the dialogue of civilizations for the new globalization based on the common humane values has given shape to the principal themes of the Forum. “Cosmic humanism” is his vision of the future that requires the merger of science and spirituality.
This can be regarded as his bequest to us.
Memory of J. C. Kapur, philosopher and practitioner, prominent public figure will stay forever in our hearts.
President Founder of the WPF “Dialogue of civilizations”