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Hindol Sengupta (born 1979) is an Indian journalist and entrepreneur and the author of eight books. In 2017, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2018, he became the first Indian to win a Wilbur Award given by the Religion Communicators Council of America for his book Being Hindu. The Wilbur is one of the world's most prestigious prizes for excellence in communication on religion and past winners include Christopher Hitchens, Mitch Albom, Oprah Winfrey and Morgan Freeman.
Among his recent books are Being Hindu: Old Faith, New World and You, The Modern Monk: What Vivekananda Means To Us Today, and The Sacred Sword: The Legend of Guru Gobind Singh.
Sengupta lives in Delhi and is currently Editor-at-Large at Fortune India. In 2015 his book on India's underbelly of entrepreneurship, Recasting India, was shortlisted for the Hayek Book Prize given by the Manhattan Institute.
Sengupta graduated with a Masters degree in Mass Communication from the A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia. He also holds a Bachelor of Honours degree in Journalism from Delhi University. In 2017, he also started studies as a member of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University.
In 2012, he published The Liberals, with HarperCollins India. This is an account of liberalization, presented as an insider's account of finding one's place in a newly liberalized India. The book has won praise from public intellectuals such as British economist and Labour Party peer Lord Meghnad Desai who wrote, 'Hindol's droll memoirs will echo in many a young person's mind. He speaks for India's future.' The author Gurcharan Das called it, 'An engaging personal tale of the post-reform generation told with spirit by one of its children.'
100 Things To Know And Debate Before You Vote
In 2014, he published 100 Things To Know And Debate Before You Vote, a guide to the most critical issues that ought to be discussed before the crucial election. This book had inputs from Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, agricultural activist Devinder Sharma, Dalit scholar Chandra Bhan Prasad, Kashmiri economist and banker Haseeb Drabu, economist and Labour Party peer Lord Meghnad Desai, hotelier and Neemrana founder Aman Nath and AIDS activist and Naz Foundation head Anjali Gopalan.
Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is changing the World's Largest Democracy
His in-depth exploration of enterprise and society Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is changing the World's Largest Democracy was published in 2014. It won praise from Infosys founder N. R. Narayana Murthy, the economist Arvind Panagariya, and the management expert Vijay Govindarajan.
Hindol Sengupta is the founder of India’s first open government platform, the Whypoll Trust whose work has been reported across the world from The New York Times to the Christian Science Monitor. He has conceptualized Netaspeak, one of the Whypoll projects, which is the only political Twitter feed aggregation and analysis tool in India. He was voted by the global ideas platform IdeaMensch on its 2011 list of 33 Entrepreneurs Who Make The World A Better Place. He is currently in the process of establishing the niche publishing venture Paperweight and the art-selling platform The Outline.