Arun Shourie

Former Union Minister to the Government of India, Author, Economist, Journalist, National Security

The International Press Institute acclaimed him as one of the “World Press Freedom Heroes” and the Economic Times named him “Business Leader of the Year”. Arun Shourie is among India's best known commentators on current and political affairs. He has been an economist with the World Bank, and Editor of the Indian Express. He is widely regarded as the initiator of Investigative Journalism in India. The International Press Institute, Vienna, acclaimed him as one of 50 “World Press Freedom Heroes” whose work has sustained freedom of the press in the last half-century.

He has written 26 books on a variety of topics ranging from constitutional law, modern Indian history, religious fundamentalism, governance in India, to national security. His 26th book, Does He Know a Mother’s Heart? How suffering refutes religions, was published by HarperCollins in 2011. It examines explanations for suffering in the basic religious texts; shows how they do not stand scrutiny; and why his own experience in serving his spastic child for 35 years has led him to the Buddha’s teaching. New editions of five of his books have been released by HarperCollins in the last year. The enlarged and updated edition of his book on India’s China policies, Self-Deception, was released in October 2013.

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