Educated Indians Who Made a Difference

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Sabeer Bhatia

Sabeer Bhatia is an Indian American entrepreneur who co-founded the Hotmail email service. Today, Hotmail remains the world's largest e-mail provider with over 50 million registered users. As President and CEO, he guided Hotmail's rapid rise to industry leadership and its eventual acquisition by Microsoft in 1998.

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Sabeer Bhatia
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Vinod Dham

Vinod Dham is an Inventor, Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist. He is popularly known as the Father of the Pentium chip for his contribution to the development of highly successful Pentium Processors from Intel. He is a mentor, advisor and investor; and sits on the boards of many companies including promising startups funded through his India based fund Indo US Venture Partners,where he is the founding Managing Director.

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Vinod Dham
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Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is an Indian economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and for his interest in the problems of society's poorest members. Sen is best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food.He is the first Indian and the first Asian academic to head an Oxbridge college.Amartya Sen's books have been translated into more than thirty languages over a period of forty years. New Statesman listed him in their 2010 edition of 'World's 50 Most Influential People Who Matter'.

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Amartya Sen
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Pandit Ravi Shankar

Pandit Ravi Shankar is described as the best known contemporary Indian musician by Hans Neuhoff in Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956. In 1956, he began to tour Europe and America playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison of The Beatles. Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards.

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Pandit Ravi Shankar
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Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray is regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema.Ray directed thirty-seven films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, graphic designer and film critic. Ray's first film, Pather Panchali (1955), won eleven international prizes, including Best Human Documentary at the Cannes film festival. Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a number of awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1991.

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Satyajit Ray
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Mahatama Gandhi

His contribution in social and political awakening: acknowledged as the "father of the nation" for helping India to gain its independence through non-violence. During British regime he was the first to coin the term "Satyagraha" to suggest his premise and practice of non-violent struggle. He got involved in several struggles for independence and became the global icon of a free India.

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Mahatama Gandhi
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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music. He was the first non-European Nobel laureate.His "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal.He was "knighted" in 1919 but renounced it after the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

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Rabindranath Tagore
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Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda is considered a key figure in the introduction of Hindu philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the "Western" World, mainly in America and Europe and is also credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the end of the 19th century C.E..

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Swami Vivekananda
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