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Arindam Banerji
Arindam Banerji is a scientist and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He took the usual route of going from the IITs, through a Ph D in the US, to finally working in sundry research labs. Some day, he plans on returning to India, but for now, as time permits, he writes on various geo-political issues.

Varsha Bhosle
Varsha Bhosle is the only Indian columnist known to have a fan club on the Internet. Described by one reader as one of the four best-known Indians among the expat community in the United States, she also used to contribute a column to The Sunday Observer.

Praful Bidwai
Praful Bidwai is a journalist, researcher-scholar and activist. Formerly a senior editor of The Times of India and fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, he is a winner of the Sean MacBride Peace Prize of the International Peace Bureau, Geneva.

Swapan Dasgupta

Amberish K Diwanji
Amberish K Diwanji is deputy managing editor at and India Abroad. In March 1997, he became the first Indian journalist working on the Internet to win the British Council's prestigious Chevening Fellowship. Amberish began his journalistic career at The Indian Post, worked at The Independent, Mumbai, and DSJ Television before moving to in June 1996.

Dilip D'Souza
Dilip D'Souza is not Dinesh D'Souza. Nor is he related to him. But he has had the joy of dining with him once. Other than that, Dilip tries to balance his writing, a part-time software job and lots of inertia. The inertia usually wins.

Francois Gautier
Francois Gautier, who has lived in India for 30 years and is married to an Indian, is a French journalist, the correspondent in South Asia for Le Figaro, France's largest circulated newspaper. He has published Rewriting Indian History (Vikas) and Arise O India (Har Anand). Readers can find more about his views in an interview with Rajeev Srinivasan.

S Gopikrishna
S Gopikrishna writes from Toronto on matters of pertinence to India and Indians. Besides writing regularly for magazines like India Currents and Desi News (a Toronto-based monthly magazine), he also writes for The Economic Times on issues of interest to Indian immigrants. His musings have also appeared in a number of North American newspapers, such as the Cincinnati Enquirer, Providence Journal and the Miami Herald.

Subhash Kak
Subhash Kak is a professor at Louisiana State University.

Arvind Lavakare
After retiring from the B K Birla Group, Arvind Lavakare, the well-known sports commentator, has turned his attention to politics and national issues.

Ashwin Mahesh
Ashwin Mahesh is an atmospheric scientist and astronomer by training, and makes a parallel career in writing and journalism. He is a co-founder and editor of the public-interest information initiative, India Together. The India Central column, which has appeared on Rediff since April 1997, examines public interest positions on the significant issues of the day.

Rajiv Malhotra
Rajiv Malhotra works for the Infinity Foundation, New Jersey. He contributes a fortnightly column to

Mohammad Sayeed Malik
Mohammad Sayeed Malik is widely considered to be one of the most authoritative commentators writing on Kashmir today.

Major General (retd) Ashok K Mehta

Ashok Mitra
Ashok Mitra, the former finance minister of West Bengal, is a well known economist.

Admiral J G Nadkarni (retd)
Admiral (retired) J G Nadkarni was one of the most articulate officers ever to serve the Indian armed forces. A former chief of naval staff, he is a frequent contributor to these pages.

Kanchan Gupta
Kanchan Gupta, fine journalist, erudite commentator and former member of the Vajpayee PMO, has been a contributor to since 1997.

Kuldip Nayar
Kuldip Nayar has been many things in his life -- reporter, editor, detainee during the Emergency, high commissioner to Great Britain, peacenik, Rajya Sabha member -- but what he does best is explore the byzantine maze of Indian politics to provide amplification and clarity of events, issues and personalities.

Gopalaswami Parthasarathy
Gopalaswami Parthasarathy retired from the Indian Foreign Service in May 2000 after a long and distinguished career. He served as India's ambassador/high commissioner to Burma, Australia and Pakistan and at Indian missions in Washington, Moscow, Dar es Salaam and Karachi earlier. In Delhi he served as the spokesman at the ministry of external affairs and as information adviser to then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Currently a visiting professor at the Centre for Policy Research, he contributes a regular column on foreign policy to

Krishna Prasad
Krishna Prasad is best known as one of the two reporters who exposed the alleged match-fixing scandal in Indian cricket in Outlook magazine. He has several exposes to his credit, most notably on the Indian nuclear programme. Krishna has worked at The Times of India, Mid-Day, The Sunday Observer and Outlook.

B Raman
B Raman, former head of counter-terrorism, Research and Analysis Wing, is currently director, Institute for Topical Studies.

Ramananda Sengupta
Ramananda Sengupta is senior editor at and India Abroad. He headed the foreign desks of The Telegraph, Kolkata, and Outlook magazine, New Delhi, before joining in September 2000.

T V R Shenoy
T V R Shenoy edited The Week for many years before he decided to go freelance. Erudite and well connected, he has an insider's view of the goings-on in the capital and brings this insight to the columns he writes for and Mid-Day, among other publications. In recent years, he has acquired the reputation of being one of the BJP's spin doctors, even though he has no official connection with the ruling party.

Saisuresh Sivaswamy
Managing Editor, India Abroad and, Saisuresh Sivaswamy began his journalistic career at the Times group in 1985, first at the Times of India before moving on to the Evening News, and then to The Illustrated Weekly of India. After senior editorial assignments at Onlooker, The Indian Post and Mid-Day, he founded the Bombay Tribune and later established the Express Newsline in Mumbai. In between, he also held a senior position at Plus Channel, as associate editor of Business Baatein, and worked for a television software company producing programmes on Star TV.

Rajeev Srinivasan
Rajeev Srinivasan works in sales and marketing in the software industry. He spends his time in the US and India. He graduated from IIT Madras and the Stanford Business School.

Virender Kapoor's Capital Buzz
One of the earliest columns to appear on, Capital Buzz has become a must read for readers eager to know more about the movers and shakers in our rajdhani. Virender Kapoor, former editor of the Free Press Journal and Onlooker, is widely considered to be one of the most well connected journalists in Delhi.

B S Prakash
B S Prakash is currently India's Consul General in San Francisco and is trying to decipher the code of the Valley.

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