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Open Minds 2017: Editor’s Note

Cover Story

The power of argument in 50 portraits

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Open Minds 2017: Public Square

In many ways, a country is like the theatre. It needs a resplendent cast of characters to stay inspired and plots to entertain it. The eclectic mix of people we feature in this section perform…

Amitav Ghosh, Author

One might easily ask, ‘Who is Amitav Ghosh?’ Is he a novelist or historian? Is he the travel writer with whom we rode pillion in Cambodia? Is he the anthropologist scoping out ancient documents in…

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Political Scientist

At a meeting with intellectuals and journalists at Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Pranab Mukherjee shook Mehta’s hand vigorously to declare his admiration of the scholar’s columns. Over the past…

Shashi Tharoor, Scholar and MP

He is one of the country’s best orators. And very few politicians write essays as well as he does. His image may have dulled slightly from the time he made a grand entry to politics in the summer of…

Ramachandra Guha, Historian

The political thinker tells India what to expect from its politicians. Wary of the emerging majoritarian narrative in India and unforgiving of the Congress’ incompetence, Ramachandra Guha is the…

Urjit Patel, RBI Governor

As successor to a vocal Raghuram Rajan as the Reserve Bank of India’s chief, Urjit Patel has come under criticism for being taciturn, even reclusive. It is as if silence is his default position. But…

Swapan Dasgupta, Political Commentator and MP

It is often said, not really off the mark, that the Age of Modi has not spawned a ‘substantial’ intellectual establishment of the Right. Even as the left-liberal citadel of the mind crumbles after…

Patrick French, Author

Many of us became familiar with this British-origin historian thanks to his stunning biography of VS Naipaul, the Nobel prize-winning writer of Indian origin. But French’s earlier work, written in…

Nandan Nilekani, Technocrat and Author

He is the rudder steering India in a digitally intensive world. The architect of Aadhaar set out to tackle two very difficult problems: how to improve living standards and streamline government…

Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor

Following the release of the Economic Survey earlier this year, there was talk about its principal author’s literary pursuits. The report cited Keynes, Gandhi and a Greek philosopher, among others,…