- Romila Thapar: Eminent historian and authority on ancient Indian history
- S.R. Shankaran: Ex-civil servant and now interlocutor between PW rebels and AP govt
- Kanaksen Deka: Eminent journalist and editor of Assamese daily Agradoot
- K.V. Subbanna: Temple architect, theatre doyen, Magsaysay winner
"I see nothing wrong in it. I would certainly not pursue an honour but I do think it is ungracious to turn it down." Mark Tully, Journalist
"When you accept, you do become a government favourite. But it needn’t make you an ardent follower."...