Subhash C. Kashyap

Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap (Hindi: डॉ. सुभाष सी. कश्यप) born 10 May 1929) is a former Secretary-General of 7th Lok Sabha, 8th Lok Sabha and 9th Lok Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariat (Lower House of Parliament of India) from 1984 to 1990. He is well known Political Scientist, expert in Indian Constitution, Constitutional Law, Parliamentary Experts and distinguished scholar. He also headed an International Centre for Parliamentary Documentation,IPU at Geneva till 1983. He was Honorary Constitutional Advisor to the Government of India on Panchayati Raj Laws and Institutions. He is also Recipient of several prestigious awards for the Best Books in Constitution, Law and Political Science. At present Dr. Kashyap is an Honorary Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi. He was also a Member of the National Commission to Review the Working of Constitution and Chairman of its Drafting and Editorial Committee.

Dr. Kashyap had his higher education and professional training at Allahabad

Dr. Kashyap began career at Allahabad as Journalist, Advocate and University Teacher. He joined the Parliament Secretariat in 1953 and was associated with Parliament of India for over 37 yrs. He became Secretary-General of Lok Sabha on 31 December 1983. He took voluntary retirement in 1990 from the Post of Secretary-General, Lok Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariat, Parliament of India. Dr. Kashyap had an outstanding academic career with higher education and professional training in India, U.S.A., U.K., and Switzerland.

He was Awarded Honorary title of Commander and degree of H.O.A.S.F. (Honorary Order of the Academy of San Francisco) for services in the field of Constitutional Law. He received Motilal Nehru award two times, and the Coveted Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship of 1996-98; also received ‘Vidur Samman’, ‘Rajiv Smriti Samman’, ‘Vidhi Seva Samman’ and ‘Great Son of the Soil A Award’ and many more awards.

  • Padma Bhushan award in the field of Public Affairs

Kashyap has published more than 500 research articles and papers, and over 100 books. Some of his books are listed here:

  1. Framing of India’s Constitution -A Study
  2. Constitution Making Since 1950 -An Overview (1950-2004)
  3. Blueprint of Political Reforms, CPR, Shipra, New Delhi, 2003.
  4. The Speaker’s Office, Shipra, Delhi, 2001.
  5. History of the Parliament of India -6 Volumes, (1994-2000)
  6. Parliamentary Procedure, Law, Privileges, Practice and Precedents -2 volumes
  7. Institutions of Governance in South Asia, Konark, Delhi, 2000.
  8. Understanding the Constitution of India, NCERT, New Delhi, 2000
  9. Citizens and the Constitution (Citizenship values under the Constitution), Publications Division, Ministry of I. & B., Govt. of India, 1997
  10. Anti-defection Law and Parliamentary Privileges
  11. Legislative Management Studies, National, Delhi, 1995.
  12. Our Constitution -Introduction to India’s Constitution and Constitutional Law, NBT, New Delhi, 1994
  13. History of the Freedom Movement
  14. Delinking Religion and Politics
  15. Parliamentary Wit and Humour, Shipra, Delhi, 1992.
  16. The Ten Lok Sabhas, Shipra, Delhi, 1992.
  17. History of Parliamentary Democracy, Shipra, Delhi, 1991.
  18. Office of the Speaker and Speakers of Lok Sabha, Shipra, Delhi, 1991.
  19. The Political System and Institution Building Under Jawaharlal Nehru, National, Delhi, 1990.
  20. Jawaharlal Nehru, the Constitution and the Parliament
  21. Our Parliament -An introduction to the Parliament of India, NBT, New Delhi, 1989 (2000 edition). The book is also available in many other Indian languages.
  22. Parliament of India -Myths and Realities, National, Delhi, 1988.
  23. Govind Ballath fant -Parliamentarian, Statesman and Administrator, National, New Delhi, 1988.
  24. The Ministers and the Legislators, Metropolitan, New Delhi, 1982.
  25. Jawaharlal Nehru and the Constitution, Metropolitan, 1982.
  26. Human Rights and Parliament, Metropolitan, New Delhi, 1978.
  27. Politics of Power, National, Delhi, 1974.
  28. Tryst with Freedom, National, 1973.
  29. The Unknown Nietzsche -His socio-political thought and legacy, National, Delhi, 1970.
  30. Politics of Defection -A Study of State Politics in India, National, Delhi, 1969.
  31. Our Political System, National Book Trust, 2008.

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L.M. Singhvi

D.P. Chattopadhyaya

D. P. CHATTOPADHYAYA, M.A., LL.B., Ph.D. (Calcutta and London School of Economics), D. Litt. (Honoris Causa), researched, studied Law, Philosophy and History and taught at various Universities in India, Asia, Europe and USA from 1954 to 1994. Founder-Chairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research and founder Editor of JICPR (1981-1990) and President-cum-Chairman of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1984-1991), Chattopadhyaya is currently the Project Director of the multidisciplinary 96-volume PHISPC, Chairman of the CSC and Chairman of the Indian Philosophical Congress. He is a Life Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Member of the International Institute of Philosophy, Paris. Among his 35 books, authored 18 and edited 17, are Individuals and Societies; Individuals and world; Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx; Anthropology and Historiography of Science; Induction, Probability and Skepticism; Sociology, Ideology and Utopia; Societies, Cultures and Ideologies, Interdisciplinary Studies in Science, Society, Value and Civilizational Dialogue and Philosophy of Science, Phenomenology and other essays. Besides, he has held high public offices of cabinet minister and state governor. He has been honoured by the Government of India by Padma Vibhushan in 2009.

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Ashok Chatterjee

Madhusudan Reddy

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Ajoy Bhagchi

Bilkees Latif

Bilkees Idrees Latif was an Indian social worker and writer from Telangana, known for her work in the slums of India. She is the author of several articles and five books, including Essential Andhra Cookbook, Fragrance of Forgotten Years and The Ladder of His Life : Biography of Air Chief Marshal Idris Latif. The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2009, for her contributions to society.

She is known to have worked for the upliftment of the poor in Dharavi, the largest slum in the world and her experiences there have been documented in one of her books, O Dharavi. Her first book, Essential Andhra Cookbook, is a study of the cuisine of Andhra Pradesh, which was followed by Fragrance of Forgotten Years, an autobiographical account of her early years, published in 2010. The same year, she published another book, Forgotten, which narrates the lives of a six notable women from Indian history. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 for her services in the Mumbai slums.

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Dr Kapila Vatsyayan

Kapila Vatsyayan (born 25 December 1928) is a leading scholar of Indian classical dance, art, architecture, and art history. She was formerly a member of parliament and bureaucrat in India, and served as the founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

In 1970, Vatsyayan received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s national academy for music, dance and drama; this was followed by the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour in the fine arts conferred by Lalit Kala Akademi, India’s national academy for fine arts in 1995. In 2011, the Government of India bestowed upon her the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour.

Vatsyayan is the author of many books, including The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts, Bharata: The Natya Sastra, and Matralaksanam.

In 1987, she became the founder trustee and member secretary of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (Indira Kalakendra), India’s premier arts organisation, in Delhi. Thereafter, in 1993, she was made its academic director, a post she held until 2000, when she was retired by a BJP-led centre-right government. In 2005, when an Indian National Congress-led centre-left government returned to power, she was made the chairperson of the institution. She also served as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Education, where she was responsible for the establishment of a large number of national institutions of higher education. She is the chairperson of the Asia Project at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

She was nominated as a member of the Upper House of Parliament of India, the Rajya Sabha in 2006, though subsequently in March 2006, she resigned following an office of profit controversy. In April 2007, she was renominated to the Rajya Sabha, with a term expiring in February 2012.

Vatsyayan received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1970. In the same year she was awarded a fellowship from the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund to survey cultural institutions and contemporary art developments in the United States and Indonesia. She was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1975. In 1992 the Asian Cultural Council honoured her with the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award for outstanding professional achievement and her significant contribution to the international understanding, practice, and study of dance and art history in India. In 1998, she received the “Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research” award, given by Congress on Research in Dance (CORD). In 2000, she was a recipient of Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award and in 2011, she was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India.

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Malini Parthasarathy

Malini Parthasarathy is an Indian journalist, who was formerly editor of The Hindu and is currently the co-chairperson of The Hindu Group’s Publishing Company, THG Publishing Private Limited, formed from the de-merger of Kasturi & Sons Limited’s publishing business. [1]. Parthasarathy replaced N. Ravi for the position of editor. She resigned from the post on January 5, 2016.[2]

Parthasarathy completed a Ph.D. in 2008 from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has an M.S. in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in history from Stella Maris College in Chennai. After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she took up various roles in reporting, editorial with The Hindu and served as executive editor of the newspaper until June 20, 2011. Parthasarathy became the editor of the paper on 21 October 2013.[3] She was also director of The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy.[4][5]

During her tenure as the editor of the newspaper, she launched the Mumbai edition of The Hindu on November 28, 2015.

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