Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013

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Arvind Kejriwal, the man out to change how politics is done in India, has occupied the 32nd rank in the latest (2013) list of "Top 100 Global Thinkers" published by the renowned international relations magazine "Foreign Policy". NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden grabs the top slot for exposing the extent of state (US) snooping in private lives.
The list comprises 100 people who have made "measurable difference" in the world that given year by "pushing the boundaries of the possible" as per the magazine. India's feminist activist Urvashi Butalia and Kavita Krishnan have been placed on the joint 77th place in the list for campaigning gainst sexual violence

Other Indians on the list are: 

  • Anand Grover - UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, 
  • Rohit Wanchoo - co-founder of non-profit organisation GiveDirectly, 
  • Sanjay Basu - epidemiologist and physician at Stanford University 
  • Naval Ravikant - co-founder of Angellist, online platform that connects investors with start-ups seeking funding.
  • Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) led by Rajendra Pachauri.

Top 5:

  • Edward Snowden:
  • Keith Alexander: masterminding NSA snooping
  • Glenn Greenwald  &
  • Laura Poitras: for helping Snowden
  • Dilma Roussef (Brazilian President): for protesting US espionage

Other notables in the list:

  • US Secretary of State 'John Kerry'
  • Russian President 'Vladimir Putin'
  • Russian Foreign Minister 'Sergei Lavrovand'
  • Japanese premier 'Shinzo Abe'
  • President of Iran 'Hassan Rouhani'
  • Pope Francis 
  • Facebook founder 'Mark Zuckerberg'
  • UN Human Rights High Commissioner 'Navi Pillay'
  • Pakistani teenage activist 'Malala Yousafzai'
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