Famous Indian Non-Fiction Writers

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Dinesh D'Souza
(Conservationists)

Dinesh D'Souza
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Birthdate: April 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Born to Goan Christians in Bombay, Dinesh D'Souza later moved to the U.S. for higher studies. The Indian-American right-wing filmmaker and writer is known for his anti-Obama documentary 2016: Obama's America. Convicted of illegal campaign contribution, he was later pardoned by Trump. He was also associated with an adultery scandal.

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Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
(Independence Activist, Reformer)

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
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Birthdate: May 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bhagur
Died: February 26, 1966

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian politician and independence activist. He formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva and was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha. He was known for his strong oratory skills and was an eloquent writer. He was initially charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but was later acquitted.

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Ruskin Bond
(Writer)

Ruskin Bond
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Birthdate: May 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kasauli
Sahitya Akademi Award-winning children’s author Ruskin Bond is best known for creating the protagonist Rusty, modeled on his childhood in Dehradun and found in his books such as The Room on the Roof. Many of his books, such as The Blue Umbrella have been made into films. 
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Kiran Bedi
(Police officer)

Kiran Bedi
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Birthdate: June 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amritsar, India

Kiran Bedi is an Indian police officer and social activist. In 1972, she became the first Indian woman to serve as an officer in the Indian Police Service. From 2016 to 2021, she served as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, playing an important role in the development of the Indian Union Territory. Her life has inspired many films, including Karthavyam.

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Tom Alter
(Actor)

Tom Alter
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Birthdate: June 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mussoorie, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: September 29, 2017

Tom Alter was an Indian actor best remembered for his contribution to Indian theatre and Hindi cinema. Alter quit his day job as a teacher in order to pursue a career in acting. Although he was of American origin, Alter could speak fluent Hindi and Urdu which made him popular in India. In 2008, Tom Alter received the prestigious Padma Shri.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Birthdate: July 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Best known as the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies and the New York Times bestseller The Gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee is an Indian-American oncologist and a Columbia University professor. He is also a former Rhodes scholar, a Padma Shri winner, and a Stanford alumnus.

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Amitav Ghosh
(Writer, best known for his English language historical fiction)

Amitav Ghosh
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Birthdate: July 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Jnanpith- and Padma Shri-winning author Amitav Ghosh is best known for his iconic bestselling books such as The Calcutta Chromosome and The Hungry Tide. Initially employed with the Indian Express, he later also wrote for publications such as The New Yorker. He is also a regular at international film festivals.

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V. R. Krishna Iyer
(Former Judge who became a pioneer of judicial activism)

V. R. Krishna Iyer
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Birthdate: November 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palakkad, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 4, 2014

Known widely as The People’s Judge, V. R. Krishna Iyer had been a Supreme Court judge for almost 8 years. A champion for human rights, he pioneered the practice of offering legal aid to underprivileged people. The Padma Vibhushan winner was also a sports lover.

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Palagummi Sainath
(Journalist)

Palagummi Sainath
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning journalist and the celebrated author of the book Everybody Loves a Good Drough, Palagummi Sainath mostly focuses on poverty and social inequality. He is also the man behind the People's Archive of Rural India and has also won honors such as Japan’s Fukuoka Grand Prize.

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Vishnu Prabhakar
(Writer, Novelist)

Vishnu Prabhakar
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Birthdate: June 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Miranpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: April 11, 2009

Hindi author Vishnu Prabhakar created history when he became the first from his state Haryana to win a Sahitya Akademi award, a coveted literary award in India. Primarily known for his novels and stories, he had also penned poems. Awara Masiha and Ardhanarishwar remain two of his best-known works.

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Raghubir Singh
(Photographer)

Raghubir Singh
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Birthdate: October 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jaipur, India
Died: April 18, 1999

Raghubir Singh was an Indian photographer best remembered for capturing landscapes and the people of India. A self-taught photographer, Singh worked with popular publications like The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, and Time. Singh is credited with reinventing the use of color during the early 1970s. His photographs are displayed in popular museums like the Museum of Modern Art. 

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Surendranath Dasgupta
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Birthdate: October 22, 1942, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kushtia, Nadia, Bengal, British India
Died: December 18, 1952

Surendranath Dasgupta was an Indian scholar, teacher, and writer. An influential scholar, Dasgupta is best remembered for his book A History of Indian Philosophy, which is among his most-read works. He also served as a professor in popular institutions like Chittagong College and Presidency College.