Six Indians in list of top 50 world thinkers

Six Indians in list of top 50 world thinkers

Prospect, a leading British current affairs magazine, has six Indians in its list of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014.

Apart from recognising leading thinkers with a global reach whose achievements over the past 12 months made significant contributions to addressing the central questions of the world today, this list also aims to provoke debate about the role of intellectuals in public life.

The Indians on the list are economists Partha Dasgupta, Raghuram Rajan and Kaushik Basu, economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, writer and activist Arundhati Roy and Singaporean academic and diplomat Kishore Mahbubani.

"In drawing up our list of world thinkers, we gave credit to the currency of candidates' thinking," said Prospect's managing editor Jonathan Derbyshire.

Professor Mahbubani, who heads the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and served two stints as Singapore's Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002, is a renowned author and thinker.

He serves on the boards and councils of several institutions in Singapore, Europe and North America. This is the fifth time that Prof Mahbubani has been included in a list of globally influential thinkers. The first was in 2005 when he was included as one of Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines' top 100 public intellectuals in the world.

Mr Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at Cambridge University, with research interests in the economics of poverty, nutrition and environmental economics.

Mr Rajan took over as the governor of the Reserve Bank of India last September. He was previously the Indian government's chief economic adviser and the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund from 2003 to 2007.

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