Renu Gupta, second from right, receives the award from Tara Gandhi, grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi, seated, and Baby Rani Maurya, Governor of Uttarkhand, third from right.
Renu Gupta awarded ‘She The Change – Nari Udyami Sanman 2019’ for her lifelong efforts in bringing about a positive change in the lives of people in India and the US.
On 23rd January 2019, The award, conferred by the Beti & Shiksha Foundation in Varanasi, India was presented by Tara Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and Baby Rani Maurya, Governor of Uttarakhand.
Renu, 61, spent her growing years in Rajasthan where she completed her studies in Sanskrit and English.
Marriage to Dr. Arun Gupta, a scientist, brought her to the US where she plunged into a job, studies and community activities.
A member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad America for the last 36 years and now serving as VP of Seva in VHPA, Renu spearheaded a group of 15 likeminded women for “Seva, Shakti and Sadhana.”
Five years ago she took up the “Support A Child” project – a VHPA initiative that was languishing for want of attention. The initiative raises funds for the education and boarding of under privileged children in India and her efforts helped the support grow from 700 children to 2500 children.
All activities are geared towards this mission such as organizing spiritual retreats, workshops and serving the community.
The initiative raises funds for the education and boarding of under privileged children in India and her efforts helped the support grow from 700 children to 2500 children.
Renu makes it a point to visit the Ekal schools and the SAC hostels every year to supervise its operations personally.
Plans for the future include increasing the number of children in the program from 2500 to 5000.
One of the original volunteers of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA, Renu was elected as the first woman to become the chairperson of the Board.
Renu’s husband Dr. Arun Gupta, is equally engaged in Ekal and serves as a Board Director.
Renu also spends time teaching Hindi and Hindu culture to children in Cincinnati, Ohio where she is based.
Role models, for our children, must be characters like Mirabai, Shivaji, Maharana Pratap and Laxmi Bai.
Playing on the word “Hindi medium” she enjoins Indian American parents to “raise their children through the Hindu medium and teach them values of Hindu dharma.”
Growing up, Renu was often buried in books thanks to a friend’s father who owned a bookstore.
Writing came naturally and she has several books to her credit.
Her experiences and observations in America served as fodder for her books.
Close to her heart is “Mrityorma Ma Amritam Gamay” and deals with a friend’s battle with cancer while her latest book “Sansari Sanyasi” is a biography of Hanuman Prasad Poddar, a saintly personality who played a key role in her spiritual journey.
Renu, along with her husband and son is also actively engaged in running the dozen franchisees of Great Clips – the hair salon chain they own.