Arun Shourie, scholar, former editor and minister, is one of the most prominent voices in our country’s public life. Born in Jalandhar, Punjab, he studied at St Stephen’s College, Delhi and obtained his doctorate in Economics from Syracuse University, USA. Widely regarded as the initiator of investigative journalism in India, he has been hailed by The International Press Institute, Vienna, as one of fifty ‘World Press Freedom Heroes’. He has written twenty-five books on topics ranging from constitutional law, modern Indian history to religious fundamentalism, governance in India, and national security. Among the many honours conferred on him are the Magsaysay Award and the Padma Bhushan.
Year: 2017, 2014-15