Trustees and Advisers

The Trustees of the New India Foundation are Ramachandra Guha and Nandan Nilekani.

Ramachandra Guha is a historian and columnist who lives in Bangalore. He has held visiting professorships at the universities of Yale, Stanford, and Oslo, the London School of Economics, and the Indian Institute of Science. His books include Savaging the Civilized (University of Chicago Press, 1999) Environmentalism: A Global History (Addison Wesley Longman, 2000); A Corner of a Foreign Field (Picador, 2002); India after Gandhi (Macmillan, 2007); and Gandhi Before India (Penguin, 2013). In 2008, and again in 2013, Prospect magazine named him as one of the world’s most influential intellectuals. In January 2009 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan.

Nandan Nilekani
is currently the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), in the rank of Cabinet minister. Previous to this, Nilekani was co-chairman of the board of directors of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981. Serving as director on the company’s board since its inception to July 2009, he held various posts at Infosys, including chief executive officer and managing director, president, and chief operating officer. His many awards include the Joseph Schumpeter prize (2005) and the Padma Bhushan (2006). Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2009. He is the author of Imagining India, published by Penguin in 2008.

Ramachandra Guha serves as the Managing Trustee of the New India Foundation.

Board of Advisers

The Trustees are assisted by a ‘Board of Advisors’ whose members are Professor André Béteille, Professor Niraja Gopal Jayal, Dr Srinath Raghavan, and Mr N. Ravi.

André Béteille is widely regarded as India's most distinguished sociologist and social anthropologist. A former Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, from 1972 to 1999 he was Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics. He has been Commonwealth Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, and Tinbergen Professor at Erasmus University. His many books include Caste, Class and Power (University of California Press, 1965), Inequality among Men (Blackwell, 1977), Equality and Universality (Oxford University Press, 2003), and Democracy and its Instutions (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a recipient of the Padma Bhushan..

Niraja Gopal Jayal is a professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University. An Inlaks scholar, her books include Democracy and the State (Oxford University Press, 1999), Representing India (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Citizenshp and its Discontents (Harvard University Press, 2012). She is also one of the two editors of the Oxford Companion to Indian Politics. She has been a consultant to the Government of India, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank. In November 2009 she delivered the prestigious Radhakrishnan lectures at Oxford University.

Srinath Raghavan is Senior Fellow at Centre for Policy Research and Senior Research Fellow at King's India Institute, King's College London. He is the author of War and Peace in Modern India (Permanent Black and Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh (Permanent Black & Harvard University Press, 2013). He is also the editor of Imperialism, Nationalism, Democracy: The Collected Essays of Sarvepalli Gopal (Permanent Black, 2013). He is a regular commentator on international and security affairs and is a member of the National Security Advisory Board.

N. Ravi is Editor-in-Chief of  The Hindu. His previous assignments in the newspaper included leader writer, Washington correspondent, associate editor, and editor. Mr Ravi's awards include the G. K. Reddy Memorial Award for excellence in journalism (1993) and the BREAD Role Model Award (2000). He has been Chairman of the Press Trust of India. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School.