7th Anniversary Issue

Open Minds 2016

Open Minds 2016

Open Minds 2016: Public Square

For a country of India’s diversity, vibrance and population, picking a few dozen names for such an honour roll is an exercise that demands a fine sense of judgment. While we strive to be objective, there could always be subjective interpretations of it, given that Indians remain as argumentative as ever. Yet, the names on this list of chosen people are anything but random, we dare say. There is a pattern to them, and plenty of rigour and much discussion preceded the final selection of those who make a significant difference to the lives of others in this country through their endeavours in a vast variety of spheres— government, policy-making, academia, social work, business and so on. They make us proud because these are men and women whose dedication to the areas of their expertise is beyond dispute. They deserve praise and recognition for their unshakeable commitment to their ideas and ideals. The country would have been poorer, duller and smaller without their contributions, both in the short and long term. For us, discovering more about them and their work has been a learning process, as it helped us advance our understanding of India as well as what it means to the rest of the world. If it is a lesson in the makings of greatness, it is also a lesson in humility. Click to Read

Raghuram Rajan | Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Sunil Khilnani | Ramachandra Guha | Ruchir Sharma | Swapan Dasgupta | Srinath Raghavan | C Raja Mohan | Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw | Jonardon Ganeri | Faisal Devji | AS Kiran Kumar | Amitabh Kant | Sunita Narain | Anand Madanagopal | Raj Chetty | Mahan Mj | Prashant Kishor | Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna | Rajat Sethi | Vivek Dehejia | Trupti Desai | Tariq Thachil | Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan | Nana Patekar | Urmila Pawar | Krishna Gopal | Mohammad Imran Khan | Madhav Khosla

Open Minds 2016: Soft Power

Culture is often relegated to the ‘back of the book’. It isn’t politics, it isn’t the economy, so it must be unimportant. But to examine the minds in the following pages is to realise that these aren’t people who are only writing books or making cinema or painting on canvases. Rather, they are moulding the way you and I understand ourselves and how we interpret the world.

As humans, we have an innate desire—to be heard and acknowledged. This sounds simple but happens infrequently. And it is here that artists come into play. They help us realise what we are thinking before we do; from the seed of an idea, a glimmer of a thought, they can spin an entire narrative, be it a tale, a film or a book. They allow us to be heard. They give form and shape to that which hasn’t existed before.

The creative pursuits of artistes and thinkers, writers and intellectuals redefine essential human activities—how we read, when we laugh, what we eat, how we dress and how we understand right from wrong. It is these minds that we take note of and celebrate. Click to Read

Priyanka Chopra | Siddhartha Mukherjee | Chiki Sarkar | William Dalrymple | Sanjoy Roy | Kangana Ranaut | Sanjay Subrahmanyan | Dayanita Singh | Bibhu Mohapatra | Sunny Leone | Sudarshan Shetty | Rohan Narayana Murty | Gaggan Anand | Sanal Kumar Sasidharan | Juhi Chaturvedi | Ratish Nanda | KR Meera | Karan Mahajan | Padma Lakshmi | Jerry Pinto | All India Bakchod