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Modernites Excellence Awardees 2011

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    Khushwant Singh

    Batch of 1930, was an Indian novelist, lawyer, politician and journalist. An Indo-Anglian writer, Singh was best known for his trenchant secularism, his humour, and an abiding love of poetry. His comparisons of social and behavioural characteristics of Westerners and Indians are laced with acid wit. He served as the editor of several literary and news magazines, as well as two newspapers, through the 1970s and 1980s. He was the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India.

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    Bhupinder Nath Kirpal

    Batch of 1937 was the 31st Chief Justice of India, serving from 6 May 2002 until his retirement on 7 November 2002.He began his legal career as an advocate in 1962, and was appointed as a Judge of Delhi High Court in November 1979. In December 1993, he was appointed as Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court.In September 1995, he was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, and became Chief Justice of India in May 2002.Even after retirement as the Chief Justice he remained the president of the Indian Forest Commission.

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    Dr. Arun Shourie

    Batch of 1958 Former Union Minister for Disinvestment, Telecommunications and Information Technology is a veteran journalist, author, economist and parliamentarian. He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 1982. As a Union Minister he led pioneering reforms in the Telecom Sector and is credited with the success of the Indian Telecom sector’s phenomenal growth.

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    Lt. Gen. (Retd) Shankar Prasad

    Batch of 1959, AVSM, VSM- is a decorated soldier and a reputed defence analyst since September 2002. He got commissioned into the elite 3 Gorkha Rifles after four years of rigorous training in December 1962. Lt. Gen. Prasad has authored two books namely ‘The Gallant Dogras’ and ‘The Infantry’.

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    Mr. Justice Mukul Mudgal

    Batch of 1966, he was a member Secretary/ Treasurer of the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee, member of National Legal Services Authority, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Geneva and Governing Council of Indian Law Institute. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on December 5, 2009 and, after a stint of 14 months, retired on January 31, 2011.

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    Mr. Sunil Mitra

    Batch of 1967, joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1975. He has 35 years of public service experience in diverse fields such as Industrial Development, Public Enterprise, Energy, Defence and Finance. He has held important posts in the centre and state. He pioneered the Exit Policy for PSUs in West Bengal in collaboration with DFID that took over eight years to change mindsets of various stakeholders.

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    Mr. Amitabh Kant

    Batch of 1973 belongs to the 1980 batch of Kerala cadre of the Indian Administrative Service. He is currently the CEO, of the prestigious Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, which is a part of a larger engagement between the Governments of India and Japan. He is widely acclaimed as the architect of the “Incredible India” campaign, which he initiated and implemented as the Joint Secretary with the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, from 2002 to 2007. . The campaign was instrumental in driving the tourism industry during its worst period after the 9/11 attacks.

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    Mr. Kirti Azad

    Batch of 1976 is currently a Member of Parliament of the Bhartiya Janata Party and is into his second term representing the Purnia constituency of Bihar in the Lok Sabha He was first elected to the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999. Mr. Azad was also a prominent member of the Indian Cricket Team that won the first cricket World Cup for India in 1983.

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    Mr. Rahul Bhatia

    Batch of 1977, a large part of IndiGo’s success has been driven by MD Rahul Bhatia’s cost-consciousness. Eschewing showy campaigns and costly frills, he has focused on building a budget airline that offers travelers lower playing the price game, IndiGo was able to offer competitive costs and maintain margins by keeping things simple, building a fleet with only kind of airplane, keeping costs down and making sure each flight runs on time. Another important part of Bhatia’s vision is a commitment to cleanliness.

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    Ms. Sunita Narain

    Batch 0f 1980, was Director General of the Centre for Science and Environment. She has made pioneering efforts to the cause of environment conservation in India. She has authored various publications including several research papers. Ms. Narain received the Padam Shri in 2004.