Being mentioned here as a contributor/ supporter does not in any way make
anyone liable to be a signatory of the first draft of the Manifesto (which
will be printed in due course). Being a signatory will mean that you agree
with almost everything. The list of signatories will be prepared much
later. The current list is in alphabetical order.
- Ajay Gandhi: Ajay, 40, is a senior partner of
Gandhi & Gandhi, chartered accountants, based in Hyderabad, India. He
writes a weekly column on income tax and related issues in the Deccan
- Andrew Vargo: Andrew is employed as an
Economist at the Department of Commerce, USA, where his primary duty is
measuring economic growth. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in
Economics. He has undergraduate degrees in Geology and Economics from
Ohio State University, an M.A. in Geography, and an M.B.A. in Finance. He
also holds an M.A. in Development Banking (Economics) from American
- Antony Joseph: Antony is an engineer
from Trivandrum Engg College, Kerala and and MBA from NTU Singapore. He
now works as an IT Staffing Consultant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Apoorv Misra:
- Arindam Roy: Arindam is a journalist with the Times
- N. Arvind Kumar: Arvind did his
bachelor's in mathematics at Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College,
Madras and M.E at Indian Institute of Science and worked at various places.
He is currently working at Singapore International Monetary Exchange, and
reading economics is his hobby.
- Ashwin Mahesh: Ashwin Mahesh is a doctoral
student in atmospheric science at the University of Washington, Seattle. He
is also is a contributing columnist for Rediff and is the co-founder of India Together group which is
building an awareness campaign in India.
- Anil Gupta: Prof. Gupta teaches at the Indian
Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is also the Coordinator of SRISTI and the Editor of Honey Bee, a
of Creativity and Innovation at the Grassroots.
- Atul Gupta: Atul is an IAS officer of the
1980 batch from Rajasthan cadre, currently doing a Ph.D. in Economics at
USC. He has an M.Sc. in Physics. He worked in the Bhaba Atomic Research
Center, before joining the civil service.
- Balaji Prakash: Balaji is currently
doing post-doctoral studies in X-ray crystallography on proteins in
Germany. He did his MSc from Univ of Hyderabad, and PhD from IISc,
Bangalore, before going to Germany in Jan. 1997. He hopes to be involved
in public life in India when he returns home next year.
- Barun Mitra: Barun is the Managing
Trustee of Liberty
Institute, New Delhi, which seeks to strengthen four pillars of a free
society- individual rights, rule of law, limited government and free
market. The Liberty Institute is building a new website. Click here
- Bibek Debroy: Prof. Debroy is the
Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, Rajiv Gandhi
Foundation, Jawahar Bhavan, New Delhi
- Chandran Gnanamuthu: Dr. Chandran
Gnanamuthu is Professor & Head, Dept of Neurological Sciences, & Deputy
Director, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore 632004, Tamilnadu.
- Charudatt: Charu did his
B.Sc. from IIT Kharagpur, BE in Electrical Engineering from Indian
Institute of Science Bangalore, and an MS in Computer Science from the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has extensive experience
working in the USA, in Motorola and other firms. He believes that the
aspirations of this group are best described by Omar Khayyam:
This perhaps does define the key emotion of the members of this group,
and has been therefore elevated to its rightful place as the theme of
Ah Love, could you and I conspire
To grasp this sorry state of things entire
To smash it all into a million bits
And mold it back to heart's desire.
Though strongly influenced by Noam Chomsky, he
is willing to give alternative hypotheses a try.
- Dave Mahadevan:
- Deepak Lal: Professor
Deepak Lal teaches
economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Some more info
on his work is here
- Devarajan Sundaravaradan: Deva works on computer
databases in the USA and writes his opinions on various issues on the
- George Kurien: George lives in
- Girish Malpani:
- Guru Chopra:
- Harvi Sachar: Harvi is the publisher of
Silicon India, the Business
and Technology Magazine for Professionals of Asian Indian Origin,
published from New York.
- Indranil DasGupta:
- Isha Trivedi:
- R. Jagadiswara Rao. Prof. Rao is a
Ph.D. in Geology. He retired as Professor of Geology from the service of the
Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati in August 1997. During his 39 years of
service, he held many positions, which include Head of the Department of
Geology, Chairman of the Board of Studies, Special Officer of the Sri
Venkateswara University P.G. Centre at Cuddapah, Principal of the Sri
Venkateswara University College of Arts and Sciences at Tirupati, Dean of
the Faculty of Science, Dean of the Academic Affairs, Member of the Academic
Senate of Sri Venkateswara University, aand Member of the Executive Council
(or Syndicate) of Sri Venkateswara University. His main field of research
and extension work is the development of water and natural resources in and
around Rayalaseema by applying geological, hydrological, geophysical,
geochemical, and remote sensing techniques. He is now continuing the same
work as the Chairman of the Rayalaseema Vikas Parishad (RVP), a non-profit
organization established in 1980. Another work taken up by the RVP is to
provide amenities to the NRI pilgrims visiting Tirupati and Tirumala.
- Jal Khambata Jal is a Delhi-based
free-lance journalist contributing to more than two dozen Indian
newspapers across the country. Click here to access Jal News.
- Jeffrey B. Nugent Professor
J.B.Nugent teaches at the University of Southern California.
- John Rozario John is a 28 year old
Singaporean doctor of Indian descent working in Singapore. His parents migrated to
Singapore 30 years ago from Kerala. He is planning to do a Masters in
Information Management since he feels that in whatever field one works in,
the ability to handle and analyze information is of vital importance in
the present information and knowledge driven era. He hopes to be part of
an organization with a dedicated group of individuals committed to forming
a large database gathering, sorting and analyzing (and monitoring)
information from all over the globe and assessing its impact or usefulness
- Kalavakunta Viswanatha Ravi: Dr. Ravi is
Senior R&D Manager in the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at
the National University of Singapore and leads a projectteam on LMDS
activity. Prior to joining CWC, he was an Assistant Professor
at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He has also worked as
a Scientist/Engineer for Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
for nearly eleven years on various technology development programs in
digital satellite communications and was responsible for the development
of satellite based CDMA systems, Digital modems, Error Control Codecs
etc. He was also involved in the system engineering of Mobile Satellite
Services (MSS) using INSAT-2series of satellites in India. His research
interests include Coded modulation techniques, multiuser CDMA, mobile
satellite networks and VSAT networks. Born in India in 1959, Dr.Ravi
graduated from Sri Venkateswara University,Tirupati, India in 1981 and
obtained his post-graduate degree from the Indian Institute of
Technology, Kharagpur in 1983. He was sponsored as a commonwealth scholar
in UK and obtained his PhD from the University of Bath, UK
in 1991. Dr.Ravi has presented/published more than 20 technical papers in
various IEEE and IEE International Conferences and technical journals
apart from thenumerous research and development reports to his credit.
He is currently a Senior Member of IEEE and served as Vice-Chairman of
IEEE Kharagpur Section (India) for 1997.
- K.S. Sastry: He is a retired official of
the IAAS (Indian Audit and Accounts Service, 1957 batch). 1993-97: Budget
Advisor, technical assistance projects, UN/IMF. 1991-93: Budget Advisor,
Govt. of Sierra Leone. 1988-91: Founding Chairman, National Housing Bank,
India. 1985-1988: Additional Secretary (Budget), Govt. of India.
- Karammel Abraham: Karammel was born
and educated in Kerala, India, and is a postgraduate in Social Science. He
has 24 years of work experience in Germany. In the organization that he
works, he received extensive training in various subjects like Law, Total
Quality Management etc, and now he works as an Administrator. He is
currently working on a multipurpose Holistic Centre for his village in
India to offer the youth, young families, and others interested, a basic
general education to understand better about Individual, Personality,
Health, Family, Society, Nation, Life, Environment etc. He thinks such
centres are needed everywhere; if others cooperate, such centres can come
up in other places too.
- Karthik: Karthik graduated in
Electrical & Electronics Engg. He is currently working for a Bangalore
software company. He is keen to do something which adds value for our
- Krishna Vallabhaneni:
- Kush Khatri Kush hasa Masters in English
from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Public Administration from
the American University, Washington, DC. He migrated to US in 1981, worked
in odd jobs, including as part-time consultant. He came in contact with
numerous NGOs working in India and realized that despite their presence
for years they were having no impact. He has concluded that without good
government a society cannot change. He has now been working with the EPA
(Environment Protection Agency) at Washington D.C. for about nine years.
- Madhu Kishwar: Madhu is the editor of Manushi, a journal about
women and society, founded in 1978, which aims to bridge the gap between
academic/scholarly writing and popular literature. She thinks that we need
to work together since it is a "do or die issue for India."
- Manjunath Somayaji: Manju lives in
- Manoj Padki:
- Mohammed Azharuddin:I was born, raised, and lived in
Nizamabad, AP, India for 16 years. Emigrated to the US in 1991and completed my high
school in 1993. Got my bachelors (Chemistry) in 1997. Worked for a year and then
started grad school to get my masters in CS (computer science). Currently I reside in
Herndon, VA. Having kept myself so busy, I never had a chance to go back to India in
last seven years. However, I do keep in touch through this information superhighway
(thanks to the technolgical development). I used to have a webpage of mine at my past
school's server. since I am no longer their student, they deleted it. I might build
one some day. let you know when I do build one...
- Mukul Asher: Dr. Mukul Asher is Associate Professor
of of Economics and Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
- Nikhil Parekh: Nikhil is a bachelors student studying
Computer Science at the University of
Pittsburgh. He is also a webmaster for one of the departments at the
- Nirvikar Singh: Nirvikar Singh is
Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His
very extensive library of working papers can be obtained by clicking here.
- Nizam Ahmad: Nizam is the founder of Making Our Economy Right. He
believes that "As a Third World nation, Bangladesh since its birth in
1971, has been a victim of dominance in the national economy by
intellectual-socialist academics and economists trained mostly in the
- Parag Bhatt: From the southern state of
Andhra Pradesh. He finished his Bachelors from the "Institute of
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers" and later finished his MS
from "Oklahoma State University". He is presently a Design Engineer in
the Silicon Valley and planning a move to Chicago (June 14, 1998).
- Parth J. Shah: Parth teaches economics at
the University of Michingan-Dearborn, and has started the think tank
called Center for Civil
Society in New Delhi, of which he is the President.
- P. K. Madhu: P.K.Madhu did his Ph.D
in NMR from the Department of Physics, IISc, and has been working as a
post-doctoral fellow in the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel since
- Prabhu Guptara: Prabhu is a Professor, and
Director of Organizational and Executive Development, Wolfsberg Executive
Development Center (a subsidiary of UBS AG), in Switzerland. His recent
publications can be accessed here.
- Pratap Raju: Pratap has a Bachelors in
Applied Math/Economics at Harvard in 1995 and looking to get a Masters in
Economic Development in England in 1999. He is currently working in New
York as an Emerging Markets Economists at IDEA, focusing on the Asian
Financial crisis (with a minor focus on India and Pakistan). He is
especially interested in the applicability of the Asian Miracle (sans the
recent Financial Crisis which should prove to be only 2yrs or so in
duration) to India, especially w.r.t. infrastructure and broad
- Pravin Mishra:
- Prem Rallabandi: Prem is currently doing a
PhD in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Before coming to the
US, he completed an M.Tech from IIT Kanpur and B.Tech from Andhra
University. Coming to political philosophy, he believes in working
together with people to find solutions to the various problems that
confront us as a Nation. In his opinion we may develop very high-level
theoretical analyses as to why we have so many problems, and why we can't
change anything, but until we start doing something all our thoughts are
useless. And why does he care? "Because that is the only way I become a
better person - by being committed to the good of all" he says.
- Puneet Singh: Puneet Singh is a Design Engineer
at Intel Co working with the Microprocessor Products Group. He graduated
with a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and an M.S from Univ of Iowa. He believes in
the potential and promises of a better tomorrow for India, "where there is
a will, there is a way". "Managing a country as diverse and as complicated
as India is probably the biggest corporate challange, and it needs the
most capable people. Undoubtedly, those who bring about the transformation
will be rewarded in time."
- R. Krishnan: Krishnan is the Chief
Access Facilitator of WebIndia
- Rachakonda Dattatreya Prabhu: Ph.D in
Physics from I.I.Sc. Bangalore. Passionately in love with the problem of
TURBULENCE (in any field ..fluid dynamics,stock markets,society,
economics...you name it!). Presently in Singapore trying to shape myself
according to the `law of the land'..lest I lose my job. My wife; Parvathi,
designs controllers for robots, and my daughter; Gitanjali, creates CHAOS
- R. Sivasankar: Born and raised in
Malaysia, of Indian descent, undergraduate college in India, worked in
Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, currently living and working in USA.
- Robert A. Lawson: Robert Lawson is Asst. Professor
of Economics at Capital University Columbus, Ohio 43209, USA. He is actively involved with
Free the World and is one of the two authors
of the Economic Freedom of the World Project.
- Rohit Shukla: Rohit
Shukla is the Founder, President and CEO of Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance. Prior
to this, Rohit was director of aerospace and high technology business at
the Economic Development Corporation of Los Angeles County (LAEDC).
- Ram Narayanan: Ram, who is the President of
the Janaki International
Corporation at Kennmore, New York, is also the Regional Representative
(Northeast Region) for the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Mumbai. He
has over 30 years of marketing and senior management experience (in both
India and the United States) in transnational business and finance. He
says, "I want India to beat China in the economic race - a tall order
indeed, some might say! And having visited China thrice during the last
five years, I am aware that India has a long, long road to traverse. But
it's not an impossible task." Here
is a picture of him.
- Ratan Singh:
Ratan is a practicing
- Ravi Malik: Ravi is an IAS officer of the
1983 batch of the Union Territory cadre. He is now working as a money
manager in Los Angeles, USA and has tendered his resignation to the
Government of India recently.
- Sanjeev Chopra: Sanjeev is an
IAS officer of the 1985 batch from West Bengal Cadre, currently working as
Deputy Director in the National Adademy of Administration, Mussoorie.
- Sanjeev Sabhlok: Sanjeev, 38, is an IAS officer of
the 1982 batch from Assam-Meghalaya cadre, currently doing his Ph.D. in
Economics at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was
founder-Secretary of Shram India, an NGO working
in the rural areas of North East India.
He is working toward trying to
persuade the People of India to do things which he believes will actually
work, rather than things which are guaranteed to fail. Before doing that
he wants to actively test his ideas against everyone else in India
and the world, so that he is sure that he knows the chief worries and
concerns of the People.
He has "floated" an academic "political party" called Victory of India Party, established
in 2000 AD (maybe someone should remind him that it is 1998 today!). He is
also writing a book called, "Becoming Rich and
Powerful: A Primer for the Citizens of Pakistan, India, and
Bangladesh", which attempts to communicate, in simple language, the
- Sanjib Goswami: Sanjib, an MA in
Economics and LL.B., is a practicing advocate in Gauhati High Court. He
jointly helped organize Shram India and
is today the Secretary of that organization, helping extend appropriate
technology to the rural areas with the help of Mukul Mahant, an IIT
engineer from the 1950s, with extensive international experience.
- Sanjive Mehta: Sanjive is an engineer
from IIT, Delhi, who left his job as a Superintending Engineer in ONGC, a
couple of years ago, convinced that there is not much that he could
contribute to the nation in a public sector undertaking given its
artificial constraints, politics and bickering. He explored the markets
and found a niche in bar-coding, and started out a very small concern in
this sector, called RS Enterprises.
Today, after the first year, he has created a turnover of nearly half a
crore rupees, employs over 10 engineers, and has helped provide bar coding
solutions to some of the biggest private concerns in India.
- Shantanu Barua: Shantanu is a doctor
working in Skylab
Diagnostic Center, Guwahati, Assam. He was also the Secretary, and
later, Special Secretary, of Shram India, a leading NGO
in North East India.
- S.D.Sharma: He is the Chairman
- Shashidhar Rajamani: Shashi is a
resident of College Station, TX. He is pursuing an MS in Electrical
- Sreekata Padiyar: Sreekanta is at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.
- Sridhar Ramachandran:
- Srinivas Rao: "Srini" is an architect
and urban planner from Nagpur, working in Los Angeles. He received his
Masters in Building Science from the USC.
- Subroto Roy: Dr. Subroto Roy, 43, studied science and
literature in India and England, got a First at the LSE 1976, specializing in
monetary economics, international economics and econometrics, PhD in economics
Cambridge University 1982 "On liberty & economic growth: preface to a
philosophy for India" (Supervisor: F. H. Hahn, Examiners: C. J. Bliss, T.
- Pricing, planning and politics: A study of economic distortions in
India IEA Occasional Paper 1984, attracted the lead editorial of The Times
of London May 29 1984;
- Philosophy of economics: On the scope of reason in economic inquiry
(London & New York: Routledge, 1989, 1991);
- edited with W. E. James, Foundations of
India's Political Economy:
Towards an Agenda for the 1990s, Foundations of Pakistan's
Economy: Towards an Agenda for the 1990s (Sage New Delhi, OUP Karachi
1992), all quite widely reviewed at the time.
Worked with J. M. Buchanan at Virginia Tech 1980-1982; taught economics at
various universities in the USA 1980-1990; appointed by Rajiv Gandhi, then
Congress President and Leader of Opposition, on September 25 1990 along with
V. Krishnamurthy, Sam Pitroda, Gen. V. Krishna Rao and M. K. Rasgotra to draft
Congress Party agenda for 1991 elections; after Rajiv's assassination, worked
for short periods with the World Bank and IMF India teams and in the US
private sector before returning to India. Since 1996, Professor, Vinod Gupta
School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721 302
teaching economics and finance. Etc.
presence (as a Panelist on India's budget).
- Suresh Anand: Suresh is responsible
for advising Director of Marine, Hong Kong Government,on policy
relating to Hong Kong Shipping Register and ship safety. He has
extensive marine experience and was ship captain for many years.
- Suresh Rajagopalan: Suresh, a graduate
of IIT, Madras, owns Cinenet
Communications, the ISP at Los Angeles which is hosting this
- Tejinder Singh Rawal: I am a Chartered
Accountant. My web page is at http://www.mahesh.com/india/tax
and my profile and photograph is at
- Utkarsh Kansal: Founded BDP. Utkarsh was
born in Bulandshahr (UP). after finishing his secondary education in
various towns in UP, he completed his B.Sc. (Engineering) from REC
Rourkela. Utkarsh presently works for a telecommunications company. Before
joining the real world Utkarsh finished graduate degrees in Engineering
and Business from two US universities. Utkarsh lives in Washington, D.C.
- M.R.Vikram: Vikram is a Chartered
Accountant, but more than that a trustee of M.Venkatarangaiya Foundation,
(MVF in the NGO circles). He is doing pioneering work in the Ranga Reddy
District of Andhra Pradesh and getting children out child labour and
admitting them into schools. MVF is funded by CRY and HIVOS, a Netherlands