Governing Body Members of BAPSI

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Prof. Arun Mehta, President of bapsi, is a software writer, a teacher, a disability activist and a human rights activist. Along with his students he designed ‘skid’ software, for children with mental challenges, severe disabilities to help them communicate. Skid has been developed using Ruby on Rails, in a way to make it easy to develop it further to meet the growing communication and educational needs of children.
His experience in human rights began with 15 years volunteering with Amnesty International, including two as president of its Indian section. More recently, he has campaigned vigorously for the rights of persons with mental challenges.

He has made academic contributions to address the communications issues of persons with autism. Know more about Arun Mehta

Ashok Agarwal, Treasurer of bapsi, has been practicing law since 1983. Worked in a variety of fields, including law relating to contracts, property, companies and labour, tax (direct and indirect). Practiced in the writ jurisdiction of the High Court and the Supreme Court, which covers virtually the entire gamut of laws (and actions), under the rubrics of judicial review, administrative law, and constitutional law. Also have considerable experience of criminal law practice, both at the trial court level as well as in the appellate courts.
In addition, I work on issues of justice and accountability. Have worked on the issue of custodial violence and enforced disappearances in Punjab and Kashmir since 1987. Co-authored a book, titled Reduced to Ashes: The Insurgency and Human Rights in Punjab. Conducted a study of the effectiveness of the writ of habeas corpus in Jammu and Kashmir, since 1990. A monograph based on this research, titled ‘In Search of Vanished Blood’ has been published by the South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR), a Kathmandu based regional NGO, in collaboration with which the research was done.

His other publications include a paper, titled ‘Law’s Autonomy: A Paradigm of State Power’ in ‘Autonomy – Beyond Hermeneutics and Kant’, Paula Banerjee and Samir K. Das (eds.), (Delhi: Anthem, 2007) and, a monograph titled ‘Trivialising Justice: Reservation Under Rule of Law’, in ‘Justice and Law: The Limits of the Deliverables of Law’, Ashok Agrwaal and Bharat Bhushan (eds.), Delhi: Sage, 2009)

Vickram Crishna, is a technologist, a human rights activist, an activist for personal privacy protection, and has been a practitioner and a commentator on media, technology and management practices. He has interviewed and written on most of the best-known people in the business of information technology and management over the past few years.

He has led several design projects over the past two and a half decades. He was involved with the development of the Hawking Communicator, software designed to replace the traditional point-and-click computer interface paradigm. This solution looks first to assist people with severe disabilities, who are severely handicapped by current graphic computing systems. However, it may find wider acceptance as a breakthrough in natural language limitations.

He helped build India’s first government supported community communication center, using ordinary FM to take local village created audio programming to the people.

Using available technology and methodologies creatively and innovatively to manage with economy and efficiency is a feature of Crishna’s approach to solution-building. Meet Vickram Crishna at

Jagdeep S. Chhokar has been a professor, manager, and engineer. He was professor, Dean, and Director In-charge at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and is a founder member of Association for Democratic Reforms ( He is now a concerned citizen, a lawyer, and a birdwatcher.
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