At ISKCON News, our mission is to be a reliable, balanced, and timely source of news about, and of interest to the devotees, friends and people interested in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
To that end, we strive to provide visitors with insightful and thought-provoking news and opinion via quality writing, photographic, audio, and video media.
It is our conviction that such a resource will help to create a more well-informed and connected citizenry within ISKCON, and thus positively impact ISKCON's ability to carry out its mission.
Krishna-lila is a scholar, activist, and filmmaker. She possesses a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies and Indian Aesthetics from the University of Budapest, and a Certificate in Screenwriting from New York University. She is the author of 3 books, dozens of articles, and writer-producer of 25 documentaries (more about her films: www.karunaproductions.com). As a media spokesperson for ISKCON, she has led several international campaigns against religious and minority discrimination. She lives in New York City.
Madhava Smullen grew up in the Hare Krishna Movement in Ireland and has worked as a freelance writer since the age of sixteen, contributing to a number of mainstream magazines. In ISKCON, he has written many articles for Back to Godhead magazine, Krishna.com, and Friends of the BBT. He has been ISKCON News' staff writer since 2008. He is currently working on his first novel. He lives in Alachua, Florida, USA.
Anuttama has been a member of ISKCON since 1975. He currently serves as the International Director of Communications and as a member of the Governing Body Commission (GBC) for the society. He also serves on the Board of the Bhaktivedanta College in Belgium, and is active in several interfaith initiatives in Washington, D.C., including the Religion Communicators Council. He and his wife, Rukmini, live in Rockville, Maryland, USA.
Mukunda Goswami is one of the founding members of ISKCON. He has published many articles and lectured worldwide and is the co-author of several books, including Divine Nature: A Spiritual Perspective on the Environmental Crisis, Coming Back: The Science of Reincarnation and Miracle on Second Avenue. He now lives and writes in Australia.
Devaprastha dasa provides technical support for ISKCON Communications. He has experience working with large media companies such as Discovery Channel and currently works for National Geographic as the Vice President of Publishing Systems. He has served as our primary developer and webmaster since 2004. He currently lives with his wife, Padma-malini devi dasi, in Boyds, Maryland, USA.
Lal Krishna Dasa has been working on www.iskcon.com since 1999. He is Managing Editor of ISKCON Studies Journal (formerly ISKCON Communications Journal), and a member of ISKCON Studies Institute. He lives in Oxford, England, with his wife, Syama Dasi. He is not Irish.
Tirtharaj is the Brisbane Temple President and Regional Secretary for north-eastern Australia, the Philippines and Chile. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) from the University of Queensland with a double major - Studies in Religion and German Language. He travels extensively throughout the ISKCON world and holds fundraising seminars for the devotees. He currently resides in Brisbane with his wife Taraka.
Vyenkata Bhatta aka Vineet Chander is an attorney and communications consultant. A graduate of the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, he was a prosecutor in the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Queens County District Attorney's Office in New York City before accepting his current position as the North American Communications Director for ISKCON (the International Society for Krishna Consciousness). He and his wife Krsangi Devi Dasi live outside of New York City, where they serve as ISKCON youth mentors.