Leading Thinkers in Economics and Governance for 2017


THINKERS presents an annual list of influential minds who have made indelible contributions in the field of economics and governance. These are a set of reformers, influencers, and academics who have made a difference by driving the national narrative with their unique ideas or steering the nation itself with their firm decision making. The list was formulated after careful deliberation on how these thinkers enable discourse in society and what is their level of public outreach. These characteristics were adjudged based on a thinker’s book publications, newspaper contributions, social media engagement and influence in public policy with a preference for ones based out of India. It aims to act as an essential guide on the thinkers and the ideas that have contemporary relevance in modern India and its development and recognise the independent minds of the country that have made it a better place and shaped a better future for it.

The list is in alphabetical order.

 

THINKERS Sandbox, an event held by THINKERS & Penguin Random House, announced a list of top 50 thinkers in India in the field of economics and governance. It included a distinguished set of reformers, influencers, financial architects and academics who have made a difference by driving the national narrative with their unique ideas or steering the nation itself with their firm decision making. The list featured economists like Jean Dreze, Prabhat Patnaik and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta; columnists like Gurcharan Das, Swaminathan Aiyer and T. Ninan; central bankers like Bimal Jalan, C. Rangarajan and Y.V. Reddy; and reformers like Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Rakesh Mohan and Viral Acharya.

The list was formulated after careful deliberation on how these thinkers enable discourse in society and what is their level of public outreach. The list was released by Film Actor Anupam Kher. These characteristics were adjudged based on their book publications, newspaper contributions, social media engagement and influence in public policy with a preference for ones based out of India. There will be an annual publication of such a list of thinkers in India. It aims to act as an essential guide on the thinkers and the ideas that have contemporary relevance in modern India and its development and recognise the independent minds of the country that have made it a better place and shaped a better future for it. To view the complete list and for more detailed information click here.

Dr. Amit Kapoor, Editor-in-Chief, Thinkers said, “India is fortunate to have an ubiquity of talented minds in every field of the society that have made incomparable contributions in shaping India as we know it today. THINKERS is all about recognising such individuals and their ideas. The THINKERS list of 50 thought leaders does exactly that and also acts as a guide for the nation as to which set of thinkers and ideas they need to follow to become more informed citizens.”

The list was released at the THINKERS Sandbox event, which was held at The Imperial, New Delhi on August 9, 2017 and featured a subset of the list’s 50 thought leaders. THINKERS Sandbox is a platform to discuss new ideas, new thoughts, address challenging issues, forge new paths and identify synergies. This year the event focused on the topic of “Economics & Governance” and featured insightful talks and panel discussions around various paradigms of the Indian economy.

The event also witnessed the unveiling of Bimal Jalan’s latest book “India: Priorities for the Future” in which he has penned down a formidable analysis of India’s economic journey in the last four decades and Gurcharan Das’ “10 Extraordinary Tales of Trade” that takes an in-depth view of business communities in India.

Leading Thinkers in Economics and Governance | 2017

 

 

 

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