Abhiroop MukhopadhyayProfessor, Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi)

Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay is an Associate Professor at the Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi). He is specialized in econometric methods applied to topics in the field of education in developing countries (especially India).

Abhiroop MukhopadhyayProfessor, Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi)

Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay is an Associate Professor at the Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi). He is specialized in econometric methods applied to topics in the field of education in developing countries (especially India).

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Arun ShourieEconomist

Arun Shourie is an Indian economist, journalist, author and politician. He has worked as an economist with the World Bank, a consultant to the Planning Commission of India, editor of the Indian Express and The Times of India and also as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in the Vajpayee Ministry.

Arun ShourieEconomist

Arun Shourie is an Indian economist, journalist, author and politician. He has worked as an economist with the World Bank, a consultant to the Planning Commission of India, editor of the Indian Express and The Times of India and also as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in the Vajpayee Ministry.

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C. Anjaneya ReddyIPS (retd)

C. Anjaneya Reddy is a retired Indian Police Service Officer. He is former Director General, Vigilance and Enforcement, Andhra Pradesh.

C. Anjaneya ReddyIPS (retd)

C. Anjaneya Reddy is a retired Indian Police Service Officer. He is former Director General, Vigilance and Enforcement, Andhra Pradesh.

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Irfan NooruddinProfessor, Georgetown University

Irfan Nooruddin is the director of the India Initiative and the Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Indian Politics in the Asian Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service. His expertise is in economic development, democratization, and civil conflict in the developing world. He is the author of Coalition Politics and Economic Development (2011) and Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century.

Irfan NooruddinProfessor, Georgetown University

Irfan Nooruddin is the director of the India Initiative and the Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Indian Politics in the Asian Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service. His expertise is in economic development, democratization, and civil conflict in the developing world. He is the author of Coalition Politics and Economic Development (2011) and Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century.

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Jashwant MehtaFounder, Forum for Presidential Democracy

Jashwant Mehta is the Founder/Convenor of Forum for Presidential Democracy. He authored the books - Presidential System – A Better Alternative? and Quest for a Better Democratic Alternative, which have been widely acclaimed as making a substantive contribution to the debate on the issue.

Jashwant MehtaFounder, Forum for Presidential Democracy

Jashwant Mehta is the Founder/Convenor of Forum for Presidential Democracy. He authored the books - Presidential System – A Better Alternative? and Quest for a Better Democratic Alternative, which have been widely acclaimed as making a substantive contribution to the debate on the issue.

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Justice J. ChelameswarFormer Judge, Supreme Court, India

Jasti Chelameswar was a judge of the Supreme Court of India, who declared the Freedom of Speech - a fundamental right. He retired on 22 June 2018 as the second most senior Supreme Court judge. Earlier, he was the Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala and Gauhati High Court.

Justice J. ChelameswarFormer Judge, Supreme Court, India

Jasti Chelameswar was a judge of the Supreme Court of India, who declared the Freedom of Speech - a fundamental right. He retired on 22 June 2018 as the second most senior Supreme Court judge. Earlier, he was the Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala and Gauhati High Court.

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Konda Vishweshwar ReddyFormer Member of Lok Sabha

Konda Vishweshwar Reddy was the former Member of Lok Sabha. He won the 2014 Indian general election being a TRS candidate. He joined the Indian National Congress in 2018.

Konda Vishweshwar ReddyFormer Member of Lok Sabha

Konda Vishweshwar Reddy was the former Member of Lok Sabha. He won the 2014 Indian general election being a TRS candidate. He joined the Indian National Congress in 2018.

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Mythili BhusnurmathJournalist

Ms. Mythili Bhusnurmath is an economist-turned-banker-turned journalist. She has been working with The Economic Times (ET) as consulting editor since 2006.

Mythili BhusnurmathJournalist

Ms. Mythili Bhusnurmath is an economist-turned-banker-turned journalist. She has been working with The Economic Times (ET) as consulting editor since 2006.

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Niranjan SahooSenior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

Niranjan Sahoo, PhD, is a Senior Fellow with ORF’s Governance and Politics Initiative. With years of expertise in governance and public policy, he now anchors studies and programmes on democracy, human rights, federalism and electoral reforms, among others.

Niranjan SahooSenior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

Niranjan Sahoo, PhD, is a Senior Fellow with ORF’s Governance and Politics Initiative. With years of expertise in governance and public policy, he now anchors studies and programmes on democracy, human rights, federalism and electoral reforms, among others.

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Ram MadhavNational General Secretary, BJP

Ram Madhav is a writer and journalist. He serves as the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Ram MadhavNational General Secretary, BJP

Ram Madhav is a writer and journalist. He serves as the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Sitaram YechurySecretary General, CPI (M)

Sitaram Yechury is an Indian politician and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Sitaram YechurySecretary General, CPI (M)

Sitaram Yechury is an Indian politician and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

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Amit VarmaJournalist

Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai. He has worked in advertising, television and journalism, and has written for publications like The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. He was a Managing Editor of Cricinfo India and is now a consultant for them. Recipient of the Bastiat Prize in 2007.

Amit VarmaJournalist

Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai. He has worked in advertising, television and journalism, and has written for publications like The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. He was a Managing Editor of Cricinfo India and is now a consultant for them. Recipient of the Bastiat Prize in 2007.

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Ashok LavasaElection Commissioner, India

Indian Administrative Service officer of Haryana cadre and is one of the two Election Commissioners of India. He has also served as the Finance Secretary of India, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Secretary of India and Civil Aviation Secretary of India.

Ashok LavasaElection Commissioner, India

Indian Administrative Service officer of Haryana cadre and is one of the two Election Commissioners of India. He has also served as the Finance Secretary of India, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Secretary of India and Civil Aviation Secretary of India.

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Diego MaioranoHistory Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

Diego has worked on Decentralisation, clientelism and Implementation of Public Works Programmes: A study of India’s MGNREGA (2018), MGNREGA, power politics, and computerization in Andhra Pradesh (2017), India’s crackdown on cash corruption is really all about politics (2016).

Diego MaioranoHistory Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

Diego has worked on Decentralisation, clientelism and Implementation of Public Works Programmes: A study of India’s MGNREGA (2018), MGNREGA, power politics, and computerization in Andhra Pradesh (2017), India’s crackdown on cash corruption is really all about politics (2016).

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J C Diwakar ReddyFormer MLA

J.C Diwakar Reddy was the former Member of Lok Sabha, Anantapur. He won the Anantapur seat in the 2014 Indian general election as the Telugu Desam Party candidate. He has been elected six times to the State Assembly from the Tadipatri constituency in Anantapur district. He served as Pro tem Speaker in 2011.

J C Diwakar ReddyFormer MLA

J.C Diwakar Reddy was the former Member of Lok Sabha, Anantapur. He won the Anantapur seat in the 2014 Indian general election as the Telugu Desam Party candidate. He has been elected six times to the State Assembly from the Tadipatri constituency in Anantapur district. He served as Pro tem Speaker in 2011.

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Jayaprakash NarayanGeneral Secretary, Foundation for Democratic Reforms

Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan, former MLA, former member of National Advisory Council and Second Administrative Reforms Commission is the General Secretary of Foundation for Democratic Reforms. He was one of the first physicians to join the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), one of the toppers in the batch of 1980.

Jayaprakash NarayanGeneral Secretary, Foundation for Democratic Reforms

Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan, former MLA, former member of National Advisory Council and Second Administrative Reforms Commission is the General Secretary of Foundation for Democratic Reforms. He was one of the first physicians to join the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), one of the toppers in the batch of 1980.

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N. Bhaskar RaoChairman, CMS

Dr N Bhaskara Rao is founder Chairman of Centre for Media Studies (CMS). He is also founder chairman of Marketing & Development Research Associates (MDRA) and BREAD.

N. Bhaskar RaoChairman, CMS

Dr N Bhaskara Rao is founder Chairman of Centre for Media Studies (CMS). He is also founder chairman of Marketing & Development Research Associates (MDRA) and BREAD.

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Pradeep ChhibberProfessor, University of California

Pradeep K. Chhibber is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the Indo-American Community Chair of India Studies.

Pradeep ChhibberProfessor, University of California

Pradeep K. Chhibber is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the Indo-American Community Chair of India Studies.

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Sam AsherAssistant Professor, John Hopkins University

Sam Asher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He was previously an economist at the Development Research Group (DECRG) at the World Bank.

Sam AsherAssistant Professor, John Hopkins University

Sam Asher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He was previously an economist at the Development Research Group (DECRG) at the World Bank.

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Suravaram Sudhakar ReddyFormer General Secretary, CPI

Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India. He was a member of the 12th and 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Nalgonda constituency of Telangana.

Suravaram Sudhakar ReddyFormer General Secretary, CPI

Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India. He was a member of the 12th and 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Nalgonda constituency of Telangana.

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TS KrishnamurthyFormer Chief Election Commissioner of India

Taruvai Subayya Krishnamurthy is a former Indian Revenue Service officer who served as the 13th Chief Election Commissioner of India.

TS KrishnamurthyFormer Chief Election Commissioner of India

Taruvai Subayya Krishnamurthy is a former Indian Revenue Service officer who served as the 13th Chief Election Commissioner of India.

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Anirudh KrishnaProfessor, Duke University

Anirudh Krishna (PhD in Government, Cornell University, 2000; Masters in Economics, Delhi University, 1980) is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness.

Anirudh KrishnaProfessor, Duke University

Anirudh Krishna (PhD in Government, Cornell University, 2000; Masters in Economics, Delhi University, 1980) is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness.

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Ashutosh VarshneyProfessor, Brown University

Ashutosh Varshney is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he also directs the Center for Contemporary South Asia.

Ashutosh VarshneyProfessor, Brown University

Ashutosh Varshney is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he also directs the Center for Contemporary South Asia.

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Govindraj EthirajJournalist

Govindraj Ethiraj is a TV & print journalist and founder of Ping Digital Broadcast, an online multi-channel network. He is also the founder of IndiaSpend.com and Factchecker.in, two public-interest journalism websites. He is the anchor of the weekly show Policy Watch on Rajya Sabha TV.

Govindraj EthirajJournalist

Govindraj Ethiraj is a TV & print journalist and founder of Ping Digital Broadcast, an online multi-channel network. He is also the founder of IndiaSpend.com and Factchecker.in, two public-interest journalism websites. He is the anchor of the weekly show Policy Watch on Rajya Sabha TV.

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Jairam RameshFormer Minister of Rural Development

Jairam Ramesh is an Indian economist and politician belonging to Indian National Congress. He was previously the Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) at the Ministry of Environment and Forests from May 2009 to July 2011. He has also served as the Minister of Rural Development.

Jairam RameshFormer Minister of Rural Development

Jairam Ramesh is an Indian economist and politician belonging to Indian National Congress. He was previously the Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) at the Ministry of Environment and Forests from May 2009 to July 2011. He has also served as the Minister of Rural Development.

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Jennifer BussellAssistant Professor, University of California

Jennifer Bussell is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies comparative politics with an emphasis on the political economy of development, democratic representation, and governance outcomes, principally in South Asia and Africa. She has authored - ‘Clients and Constituents: Political Responsiveness in Patronage Democracies’ and ‘Corruption and Reform In India: Public Services in the Digital Age’.

Jennifer BussellAssistant Professor, University of California

Jennifer Bussell is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies comparative politics with an emphasis on the political economy of development, democratic representation, and governance outcomes, principally in South Asia and Africa. She has authored - ‘Clients and Constituents: Political Responsiveness in Patronage Democracies’ and ‘Corruption and Reform In India: Public Services in the Digital Age’.

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K. PadmanabhaiahFormer Home Secretary of India

K. Padmanabhaiah is a retired Indian civil servant and a former Home Secretary of India. He is the chairman of the Court of Governors of the Administrative Staff College of India, and has headed many government committees such as the Committee on Police Reforms (2000), the Committee on Reorganization of the Services Selection Board, and the Committee to Review the working of National Institute of Urban Management. The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 2008, for his contributions to Indian civil service.

K. PadmanabhaiahFormer Home Secretary of India

K. Padmanabhaiah is a retired Indian civil servant and a former Home Secretary of India. He is the chairman of the Court of Governors of the Administrative Staff College of India, and has headed many government committees such as the Committee on Police Reforms (2000), the Committee on Reorganization of the Services Selection Board, and the Committee to Review the working of National Institute of Urban Management. The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 2008, for his contributions to Indian civil service.

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Kumar KetkarJournalist

Kumar Ketkar is an Indian journalist, writer and politician. He is the Chief Editor of Dainik Divya Marathi.

Kumar KetkarJournalist

Kumar Ketkar is an Indian journalist, writer and politician. He is the Chief Editor of Dainik Divya Marathi.

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Neelanjan SircarSenior Fellow, Center for Policy Research

Neelanjan Sircar is a Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR and Assistant Professor at Ashoka University. His research interests include Indian political economy and comparative political behavior with an eye to Bayesian statistics, causal inference, social network analysis, and game theory.

Neelanjan SircarSenior Fellow, Center for Policy Research

Neelanjan Sircar is a Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR and Assistant Professor at Ashoka University. His research interests include Indian political economy and comparative political behavior with an eye to Bayesian statistics, causal inference, social network analysis, and game theory.

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Prashant KishorPolitical Strategist

Prashant Kishor is an Indian political strategist and politician who belongs to Janata Dal. Initially trained in public health, Kishor has worked for the United Nations for eight years before entering into Indian Politics. Kishor has worked as an election strategist for both, BJP and Congress.

Prashant KishorPolitical Strategist

Prashant Kishor is an Indian political strategist and politician who belongs to Janata Dal. Initially trained in public health, Kishor has worked for the United Nations for eight years before entering into Indian Politics. Kishor has worked as an election strategist for both, BJP and Congress.

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Shareen JoshiProfessor, Georgetown University

Shareen Joshi is a professor in the Asian Studies Program and the Global Human Development Program in the School of Foreign Service and a member of the India Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee. Her work focuses on economic development, particularly human capital and agency.

Shareen JoshiProfessor, Georgetown University

Shareen Joshi is a professor in the Asian Studies Program and the Global Human Development Program in the School of Foreign Service and a member of the India Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee. Her work focuses on economic development, particularly human capital and agency.

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Yamini AiyarPresident and Chief Executive, CPR

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of CPR. In 2008, she founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR.

Yamini AiyarPresident and Chief Executive, CPR

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of CPR. In 2008, she founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR.

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