Hari Dev Shourie was born in Lahore in undivided India in 1911. He has also served in the Indian Civil Services. He served as Director General at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He edited the magazine on Consumer rights "Common Cause", which he started even before Indian people were aware of the concept of Consumer rights. He fought a number of Public Interest Litigations, many of which resulted in Landmark Judgements by the Supreme Court of India. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, the third and the second highest civilian awards. He was also named on People of the Year by the Limca Book of Records. Common cause has helped lakhs of people in getting justice - for example getting their pensions etc.
Arun Shourie, former Minister for Communications, IT and Disinvestment and one of India's best known journalists. Deepak Shourie, managing director, Discovery Communications India. Nalini Singh, TV journalist-anchor and managing director, TV Live India Pvt Ltd. are his sons and daughter.