Hindol Sengupta

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Hindol Sengupta (born 1979 in Jamshedpur) is an Indian historian and journalist. Sengupta lives in Delhi and is Editor-at-Large at Fortune India where he writes a weekly column.[1] He is also a columnist for Aspen Italia.[2]


He was educated in South Asian history and politics at Worcester College, Oxford, as a Chevening Scholar, in business and finance as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University, and in journalism and film-making at Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi University.[3]


In 2019, his book "The Man Who Saved India" won the prize for best work of non-fiction at the Valley of Words literary festival in India. In 2018, he became the only Indian to win the Wilbur Award given by the Religion Communicators Council of America for his book "Being Hindu". In 2015, his book Recasting India was shortlisted for the Hayek Prize given by the Manhattan Institute, a conservative American think-tank.[4] He was also awarded the PSF Award in 2015 [5] for his contribution to writing. His books have been reviewed over multiple media outlets.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

In 2017, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.[17] He is a co-founder of the Whypoll Trust which garnered media attention after mapping places in Delhi that were dangerous for women, and following up with releasing an emergency smartphone-app.[18]



  • Indian Fashion, Pearson Education, 2005, 255 p. Foreword by Ritu Kumar.
  • Rampup: The Business of Indian Fashion, Pearson Power, 2009, 233 p. Forewords by JJ Valaya, Tina and Tarun Tahiliani.
  • The Liberals, HarperCollins, 2012, 311 p.
  • 100 Things To Know and Before You Vote, HarperCollins, 2014, 242 p.
  • Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is Revolutionizing the World's Largest Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 249 p.
  • Being Hindu: Old Faith, New World and You, Penguin Books, 2015, 192 p.
  • The Modern Monk, Penguin Books, 2016, 304 p.
  • The Man who Saved India: Sardar Patel and His Idea of India, Penguin Books, 2018, 437 p.


  • The Sacred Sword: The Legend of Guru Gobind Singh, Gurgaon : Penguin Books, 2017, 231 p.


  1. ^ "polemicist". www.fortuneindia.com. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Hindol Sengupta". Aspenia Online. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  3. ^ https://journalism.columbia.edu/system/files/content/knight-bagehot_final_4.21.17.pdf
  4. ^ "Indian author shortlisted for Hayek Prize". The Hindu. PTI. 3 February 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 November 2019.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Pinnamaneni foundation award for Hariprasad Chaurasia and Hindol". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 12 December 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 October 2019.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Varma, P. Sujatha (17 December 2015). "We are all part of the Great Indian Dream, says Hindol Sengupta". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  7. ^ Kalra, Gaurav (2017). "Hindol Sengupta, The Modern Monk: What Vivekananda means to us today". Romanian Journal of Indian Studies (1): 110–115. ISSN 2601-064X.
  8. ^ "Being Hindu book review: 'Hindu'-ising history". The Financial Express. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  9. ^ Saran, Kranti (24 May 2016). "In search of Hinduism". Business Standard India. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  10. ^ Anjum, Zafar (9 June 2016). "Challenging the Prejudices in Hindol Sengupta's Being Hindu". kitaab. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  11. ^ IANS (31 July 2017). "Vivekananda wanted Hindu reformation first (Book Review)". Business Standard India. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  12. ^ Kaur, Kulbir (17 September 2017). "Book Review 'The Sacred Sword: The Legend Of Guru Gobind Singh'". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  13. ^ Carter, Maxwell. "Slumdog Millionaires". WSJ. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  14. ^ Banerjee, Suparna (13 June 2015). "Celebrating quiet enterprise". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  15. ^ Khandelwal, Akshat. "Why the cult of the entrepreneur will not save India". The Caravan. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Ready, steady, go". The Economist. 18 April 2015. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Five Indians join World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders community - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  18. ^ Roy, Nilanjana S. (8 November 2011). "The New York Times".