|Occupation||Author, Professional speaker|
Shiv Khera (Hindi: शिव खेड़ा) is an Indian author of self-help books and activist. While working in the United States, he was inspired by a lecture delivered by Norman Vincent Peale and followed his motivational teachings. Khera has written several books including You Can Win. He launched a movement against caste-based reservation in India, and has founded an organization called Country First Foundation whose mission is "to ensure freedom through education and justice." He also joined a political party as National President in India and contested the elections in 2009 and lost in Delhi.
Shiv Khera was born in a business family who used to have coal mines Kendua in Dhanbad, India. Soon after the nationalisation of coal mines by the Indian government, he had to search for his own living. In his early years he worked as a car washer, a life insurance agent, and a franchise operator before he became a motivational speaker.
Mr. Khera is the author of 16 books including his first book You Can Win (Jeet Aapki in Hindi) was published in 1998. The focus of the book was on achieving success through personal growth and positive attitude.The book made a record of international bestseller. His Trademark in this book is "Winners don't do different things.They do things differently" Khera has written three more books, Living With Honor about living honorably and respectably in a fractured world, Freedom Is Not Free about the need for action to reform the Indian society and You can Sell (2010).
The book You Can Win is a book cum guide to add meaning to one's life. This book tries to help one in assigning a goal to one's life and having an action plan to achieve this goal. The leadership training program conducted by shiv khera uses this book as reference and guide. New Indian government is roping in Shiv Khera to impart leadership training to senior officers officers.
When Freedom Is Not Free came out, Amrit Lal, a retired Indian civil servant, accused Khera of plagiarism, alleging that content from that book directly comes from his own book India Enough Is Enough, published 8 years before. Additionally, he found that numerous anecdotes, jokes and quotes in Khera's other books were also used without acknowledging proper sources. Khera countered that he takes notes and inspirations from numerous sources, and he is unable to keep track of all of them. Lal finally settled out-of-court for a certain sum of money which he donated to the Missionaries of Charity. Donation to settle out of court claim is controversial as there is news that "He has been recognizedas a “Louis Marchesi Fellow” by the Round Table Foundation, an honor he shares with famous humanitarians like Mother Teresa." In an interview to samachar.com news part of sify.com Khera stated "It hurts in the short run, but you have to bounce back. These things happen in life. The allegations were withdrawn and seven years later, the book, Freedom is Not Free, still sells."
Activism and politics
In 2008, he was said to lead a political party named Bharatiya Rashtravadi Samanata Party.
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- Sheela Reddy (26 July 2004). "You Can Steal & Win". Outlook. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- Shiv Khera launches Bhartiya Rashtravadi Samanta Party, Oneindia, 14 July 2008
- Piyush Mishra (28 April 2014), "Motivational speaker Shiv Khera campaigns for Advani", The Times of India