Dr. M.K.Otani is an Indian Young Buddhist Leader serving in various National and International Organisations in different capacities. In 1999, during a BJP rally in Bellary, he got the privilege of listening to the speech delivered by the esteemed Hon'ble Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India. His words and ideology left a deep impression and inspired him with their wisdom and vision for the nation. After that in 2000, he joined the Bharatya Janta Party. He was the First Young Buddhist Member of Uttrakhand Minority Commission, Government of Uttrakhand during BJP Party Government in Uttrakhand 2007 to 2012 and later he was the Expert Advisor, Government of India, Ministry of Culture, Himalayan Scheme NDA 1.0 Government. Currently he is serving as Expert Advisor, Government of India Ministry of Culture, BTI Scheme NDA 2.0. In his earlier years of life, he started working for Development of Minority and Himalayan/Buddhist Community and Woman and child Development of Uttrakhand. He is the first Indian who received prestigious award Manhae Grand Prize from Government of Republic of South Korea given by hands of Hon’ble Culture & Tourism Minister of South Korea. He also received World Outstanding Buddhist Leadership Award from National Office of Buddhism, Royal Thai Government, Given by of H.H. Sangharaja of Thailand. And various awards from various countries.

Position Held

  1. President, International Theravada Buddhist Centre.
  2. President, Dr. Otani Charitable Trust.
  3. Expert Advisor, Government of India, Ministry of Culture (EAC-BTI-) NDA 2.0 govt.
  4. Expert Advisor, Government of India, Ministry of Culture (EAC-BTI) NDA 1.0 govt.
  5. Member, Minorities Commission, Government of Uttrakhand during BJP Govt. 2007 to 2012
  6. Chairman, WFB Standing Committee on Social-Economic Development, Bangkok Thailand.
  7. Advisor, World Alliance of Buddhist, Pathuthani, Thailand.
  8. Vice President, Anand Bodhi Society, Sri Lanka.
  9. Executive Council Member, Swami Vivekanand Subharthi University, Meerut
  10. Executive Council Member, Ras Bihari Bose Subharthi University, Dehradun


Books Co-Edited
Bhikkhu Pratimoks (Hindi), Manak Gatha (English), Manak Gatha (Hindi), Baudho ke Dharmik Kart (Hindi), Teaching of Buddha (English/Pali/Hindi), Comparison between Cho Oh-Hyun (Korean Monk) and Kabir (Indian Hindu Monk) and Sharing mind between India and Korea through Poetry-Comparative Study of Rabindra Nath Tagore’s Geetanjali and Cho Oh-Hyun’s Manak Gathas.


International Seminar Attended

Attended several International Conference as Chief of Delegation from India in South Korea, Mainland China, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong kong, Vietnam, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Dubai UAE etc.


National Seminars/Workshops/Conferences Co-organized

  1. National seminar on “Buddhism & World Peace” Hapur (2007)
  2. Conference on “Role of Voluntary Organization in the Promotion Of Buddhist Art and Culture in India” Uttarkashi (2007)
  3. National Seminar on “Bio Technology”, Hapur (2008)
  4. ICSSR Sponsored National seminar on “Maha Pandit Rahula Sanskritayan’s Philosophy and Social Changes in India”, Meerut (2008)
  5. International workshop on “Children in Difficult Circumantances”, Meerut (2008)
  6. National Seminar on “Sanskrit as the Strong Culture Base of Southeast Asia” Hapur (2008)
  7. National seminar on “Tibet Issue : A Pragamatic Approach for its Resolution”, Ghaziabad (2008)
  8. National seminar on “Dr.B.R. Ambedkar and his Teachings” Uttarkashi (2009)
  9. International Conference on “Dalits and their Rights”, Dehradun (2009)
  10. ICSSR Sponsored National seminar on “Yugprush Dr. Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Holistic Movements fought by him for the Development of Scheduled Castes and Buddhism” Hapur (2009)
  11. National seminar on “Tradition & Culture of Buddhism and Tribal in the Era of Globlisation” Ghaziabad (2009)
  12. Workshop on “Medical Equipment Development”, Meerut (2009)
  13. ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on “Role of Youth in the AIDS Control”, Hapur (2009)
  14. ICHR Sponsored National Seminar on “Impact of the Teaching of Saint Jyotiba Phule on Indian Contemporary Society”, Hapur (2009)
  15. ICHR Sponsored International Seminar “Buddhist Cultural Heritages”, Dehradun (2010)
  16. ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on “Gender Issue in India : A Pragmatic Approach for Its Resolution”, Hapur (2010)
  17. International Seminar on “Buddhism and Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore”, Hapur (2010)
  18. International Seminar on “Women in Buddhism”, Hapur (2011)
  19. International Seminar on “The Task of Buddhists in Contemporary Asia”, Hapur (2011)
  20. ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on “Religious and Moral Education in India”, Sardar Patel Subharthi Institute of Law, Meerut (2012)
  21. ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on “Secularism and Indian Polity”, Hapur (2012)
  22. National Seminar on “Social Impact of Cancer in India”, Hapur (2013)
  23. National Seminar on “Preventive Oral Medicine”, Hapur (2014)
  24. ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on “Socio-economic Impact of Cancer in India”, Hapur (2015)
  25. International Seminar on “Buddhist Perspective on Peace”, Sardar Patel Subharthi Institute of Law, Meerut (2016)


  1. Member of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)
  2. Member of Rashriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)


  1. Manhae Grand Prize By Government of South Korea (South Korea) 2012
  2. World Outstanding Buddhist Leader Award by Royal Thai Government (Thailand) 2016
  3. Global Buddhist Ambassador Award (Thailand) 2017
  4. BMCTV Award (Myanmar) 2018