Cal State Long Beach Names Shivani Bothra To Jain Studies Chair
India-West Staff Reporter
LONG BEACH, CA – The Department of Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach has appointed Dr. Shivani Bothra as assistant professor and the Bhagwan Suvidhinath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies.
Bothra’s work focuses on non-violence, modernization, and women in the Jain tradition.
The position was named after the 9th Tirthankara who, in the Jain tradition, is someone who conquered the cycle of rebirth and became a spiritual teacher to others. The creation of this position was generously funded by Dr. Jasvant Modi and the Shah Foundation on behalf of Raksha and Harshad Shah.
Speaking on the current state of the world, Modi said he “would like to see belief in non-violence [and] if there is a difference of belief, respect other people.”
Bothra is excited about her new position and will be teaching several classes not only on Jainism, but about the role of non-violence in world religions. “The embrace of Jain Studies by the Department of Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach is a testament to the profound impact of Jainism, standing as a formidable pillar in the study of religions. It unfolds an unparalleled philosophy, affirming the unity of humanity and underscoring the paramount importance of harmonious coexistence among all beings,” she said.