People to Follow

There was a question in Quora recently about who are the policy wonks who have considerable influence in India. This made me come up with a list of people who, in my opinion should be the ones deciding India’s policy.

Intellectuals who I wish would wield more influence than they currently do would be as follows –

  1. Raghuram Rajan – Previously the chief economist of IMF and currently the chief economic advisor to the PM of India and the author of the book “Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures still Threaten the World Economy”
  2. Subramanian Swamy – I don’t think he needs an introduction, at least not in the cyber circles. The wiki article describes how awesome he is.
  3. Nitin Pai – He is a graduate of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from where he obtained a Master in Public Administration degree. Currently director and founder of The Takshashila Institution, an independent think-tank. He blogs and tweets about public policy and India’s geopolitical interests. He blogs at On the Indian National Interest and tweets at Nitin Pai (acorn) on Twitter. He is also the editor of the magazine The Indian National Interest Review
  4. Arvind Panagariya – Economics professor in Columbia University and the author of the book “India – The Emerging Giant” along with Jagadish Bhagwati.
  5. Jagdish Bhagwati – Economics professor in Columbia University
  6. Brahma Chellaney – A professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi, blogs at Stagecraft and Statecraft
  7. Pratap Bhanu Mehta – President of Center for Policy Research, New Delhi and tweets @ Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  8. Atanu Dey – Economics professor in University of California Berkeley and blogs at Atanu Dey On India’s Development
  9. Bibek Debroy – Indian economist and a professor in Center for Policy Research, New Delhi and tweets @ Bibek Debroy (bibekdebroy) on Twitter

Other names that come to my mind are journalists and columnists Gurucharan Das, blogs at and M.J Akbar, blogs at

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