The writer, an author and former diplomat, is a member of the JD(U).
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an educator and commentator.
Vice Admiral Arun Kumar Singh retired as Commander-in-Chief of the Navy's Eastern Naval Command in 2007. A nuclear and missile specialist trained in the former Soviet Union, he was also DG Indian Coast Guard.
General Shankar Roychowdhury is a former Chief of Army Staff and a former member of Parliament.
C Raj Kumar is the founding Vice-Chancellor of O P Jindal Global University and Dean of Jindal Global Law School.