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Open Minds 2018: Editor’s Note

Cover Story

The power of argument in 50 portraits

Stories in this issue

Open Minds 2018: Public Square

Many decades ago, at the height of the Vietnam War, Noam Chomsky wrote an essay on the role of public intellectuals and why they must use their positions to speak truth to power and sift out the lies…

Pranshu and Nishant Patni, Entrepreneurs

They are altering the grammar of English as a second language and helping 43 million people across the world acquire a major life skill. When Jaipur-based Pranshu and Nishant Patni started Culture…

Avani Chaturvedi, Fighter Pilot, IAF

For long, women have found themselves denied combat roles in the Indian armed forces, but change is happening gradually. In the Indian Air Force, this is exemplified by Avani Chaturvedi who in March…

Nayanjot Lahiri, Historian

She is self-effacing about her achievements, but those who are familiar with her work know only too well her contribution to the understanding ancient Indian history. Her work on Emperor Ashoka is a…

Sharmila Bhattacharya, Scientist

She is a star scientist at NASA. Having studied neurobiology, molecular biology, biological chemistry and human physiology from universities as reputed as Stanford and Princeton among others, the…

Vijay Prasad, Historian

He is a die-hard Marxist intellectual and his body of work testifies that he is more interested in putting into action Lenin’s dictum of ‘concrete analysis of concrete situations’ than in merely…

Reetika Khera, Economist

Few other economists have been more active in drawing attention to what she describes as the “layers of vulnerability” of the poorest of the poor in Indian when it comes to availing of welfare…

Shamika Ravi, Economist

In her earlier role as a senior fellow, Brookings India, this New York University alumnus has closely followed several hot topics, from the use of technology in democracy, need for focusing financial…

Pratima Joshi, Architect

In Pune’s slums, people who know her call her ‘the toilet woman’. Thanks to Pratima Joshi’s efforts, many girls living in the shanties of at least six of Maharashtra’s cities don’t suffer from…

Reuben Abraham, Economic Analyst

Many of his readers treat his commentaries on the Indian economy and global economic trends like gold dust. And he makes thought-inducing observations. This includes his prophecy that cities in the…