List of Hindus


List of Hindus

"This is an incomplete list, which can or may never satisfy any subjective standard for completeness. Revisions and additions are welcome."

A list of prominent and famous people who are Hindus.

Religious Figures / Philosophers

*Adi Shankara : Philosopher Saint, Social reformer
*Abhinavagupta : Exponent of Kashmir Saivism
*Agastyar : Saint, First and foremost person of Siddha
*Aksapada Gautama : author of Nyaya Sutras, the foundation of the Nyaya school of Hinduism
*Annie Besant : Theosophist and president of the Congress Party
*Sri Aurobindo : Mystic and philosopher
*Auvaiyar : Beloved Tamil female saint
*A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada : Founder-acharya of ISKCON
*Bharata : Advocated Advaita philosophy, Bharat, the other name for India, is named after him
*Bhartrihari : Author of "Vairagya Satakam", hundred verses of renunciation
*Bhaskara Raya : Author of "Varivasya Rahasyam"
*Bogar : Legendary South Indian Siddhar. Created Lord Murugan statue in Palani.
*Krishna Chandra Bhattacharya : Philosopher
*Kanakadasa:Greatest Saint of Bhakti movement.
*Swami Chinmayananda : Religious leader
*Deepak Chopra : Personality Development Author
*Ananda Coomaraswamy : Art historian
*Dattatreya : Narrated Jnana Kanda, taught Ashtanga Yoga to Patanjali
*Swami Dayananda : Religious leader
*Shri Madhvacharya : Philosopher Saint
*Narayana Guru : Mystic and philosopher
*Nisargadatta Maharaj : Teacher
*Patanjali : Founder of Patanjali Yoga
*Ram Dass : American spiritual leader
*Ramana Maharshi : Mystic
*Ram Mohan Roy : Reformer
*Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa : Philosopher Saint, Social reformer
*Ramanuja : Philosopher Saint
*Sant Sri Asaramji Bapu : Saint & Spiritual preceptor
*Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan : Vedantic Philosopher
*Shankaracharya of Kanchi, Hindu Seer & Spiritual preceptor
*Shriram Sharma Acharya : Founder of the All World Gayatri Pariwar
*Swami Sivananda: Yogi
*Swami Sivananda : Modern sage
*Sivaya Subramuniyaswami : Modern sage
*Thirumoolar : One of the 18 Siddhars
*Sage Valmiki : Author of the epic Ramayana
*Swami Vivekananda : Philosopher Saint, Social reformer
*Sage Vyasa : Author of the epic Mahabharata
*Paramahansa Yogananda : Yogi
*Tibbetibaba : Philosopher Saint

Monarchs / National Leaders / Politicians

Maurya Dynasty (324 BC-184 BC)
* Chandragupta Maurya (324 BC-301 BC)
* Bindusara Amitraghata (301 BC-269 BC)
* Ashoka Vardhana (269 BC-232 BC)
*Chanakya : Prime Minister to the Chandragupta Maurya

Gupta Dynasty (319-?)
* Chandra Gupta I (319-335)
* Samudra Gupta (335-380)
* Chandra Gupta II (380-415)
* Kumara Gupta I (415-455)
* Skanda Gupta (455 -467)
* Buddha Gupta (467-499)
* Bhana Gupta (499-543)

Pallava Dynasty

Chola Dynasty (1st century to 1279)
* Athiththa Chola (871-907 )
* Uththama Chola (973-985 )
* Rajaraja Chola I (985-1014 )
* Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044 )
* Rajadhiraja Chola I (1018-1054 )
* Kulothunga Chola I (1070-1120 ) Vijayanagar Empire
Hakka Raya
Bukka Raya
Krishna Deva Raya
Aliya Rama Raya

Maratha Emperors (1674-1818)
*Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj (1674-1680)
*Sambhaji (1680-1688)
*Emperor Rajaram (1688-1700)
*Queen Tarabai (1700-1707)
*Chattrapati Shahu Maharaj (1707-1712)
*Balaji Vishwanath (1707-1720)
*Peshwa Bajirao I (1720-1740)
*Balaji Bajirao (1740-1761)
*Madhavrao Peshwa (1761-1772)
*Narayanrao Peshwa (1772-1773)
*Raghunath Rao (1773-1774)
*Madhava Rao Narayan (1774-1796)
*Baji Rao II (1796-1818)

Wodeyars of Mysore (1399-1950)
* Yaduraya (1399 - 1423)
* Hiriya Bettada Chamaraja Wodeyar I (1423 - 1459)
* Thimmaraja Wodeyar I (1459 - 1478)
* Hiriya Chamaraja Wodeyar II (1478 - 1513)
* Hiriya Bettada Chamaraja III Wodeyar (1513 - 1553)
* Thimmaraja Wodeyar II (1553-1572)
* Bola Chamaraja Wodeyar IV (1572 - 1576)
* Bettada Devaraja Wodeyar (1576 - 1578)
* Raja Wodeyar I (1578 - 1617)
* Chamaraja Wodeyar V (1617 - 1637).
* Raja II Wodeyar (1637 - 1638)
* (Ranadhira) Kantheerava Narasaraja Wodeyar I (1638 - 1659)
* Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar (1659 - 1673)
* Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar (1673 - 1704)
* Kantheerava Narasaraja Wodeyar II (1704 - 1714)
* Dodda Krishnaraja Wodeyar (1714 - 1732)
* Chamaraja Wodeyar VI (1732-1734)
* (Immadi)Krishnaraja II Wodeyar (1734 - 1766)
* Nanajaraja Wodeyar (1766-1770)
* Bettada Chamaraja Wodeyar VII (1770 - 1776)
* Khasa Chamaraja Wodeyar VIII (1766 - 1796)
* (Mummudi) Krishnaraja III Wodeyar (1799 - 1868)
* Chamaraja Wodeyar IX (1868 - 1894)
* H.H. Vani Vilas Sannidhana, queen of Chamaraja Wodeyar IX served as regent from 1894 to 1902.
* (Nalvadi) Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV (1894 - 1940)
* Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur (1940 - 1950).

Nepal
*Prithvi Narayan Shah (1768–1775) "ruler of Gurkha from 1743"
*Pratap Singh Shah (1775–1777)
*Rana Bahadur Shah (1777–1799)
*Girvan Yudha Bikram Shah (1799–1816)
*Rajendra Bikram Shah (1816–1847)
*Surendra Bikram Shah (1847–1881)
*Prithvi Bir Bikram Shah (1881–1911)
*Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah (1911–1955) "first time"
*Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah (1956–1972)
*Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (1972–2001)
*Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (2001)
*Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (2001–present) "second time"

Cambodia
* Jayavarman I (7th century)
* Suryavarman I (1002-1050)
* Udayadityavarman II (1050-1066)
* Suryavarman II (1113-1150)
* Dharanindravarman II (1150-1160)

Indonesia
*Gajah Mada Prime Minister of Majapahit,14th century
* Hayam Wuruk Ruler of Majapahit,14th century
* Sabdapalon Priest, advisor to king of Majapahit, 15th Century
* Jayabaya Ruler of Kediri, 12th Century
* Airlangga Ruler of Kediri

20th Century
*Mohandas Gandhi : National leader
*Balgangadhar Tilak : National leader
*Bidhan Chandra Roy : Indian politician
* Dayanidhi Maran, Politician; IT & Communications Minister of India
* Deeran Chinnamalai, Indian Freedom Fighter
* Devan Nair, Former President, Singapore
* P. Chidambaram, Politician; Finance Minister of India
* S Dhanabalan, ex-Minister (various portfolios), Singapore
* S Jayakumar, Deputy Prime Minister, Singapore
* J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu; yesteryears actress
* T.T. Krishnamachari, Industrialist & India's first Finance Minister
* Mani Shankar Aiyar, Politician; Oil Minister of India
* Murasoli Maran, Politician; ex-Industries Minister of India
* Velupillai Prabhakaran, Chief of the LTTE
* C. Rajagopalachari, Ex-Governor General of India; writer & statesman
* S.Rajaratnam, ex-Deputy Prime Minister, Singapore (Sri Lankan Tamil ancestry)
* M.G.Ramachandran,ex-CM of TN; yesteryears actor
* Ramaswamy Venkataraman, Ex-President, India
* S.R. Nathan, President, Singapore
*Samy Vellu, works minister, Malaysia
*Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan : Ex-President, India
* Chidambaram Subramaniam, ex-Steel & Mines Minister of India; Bharat Ratna Awardee & 'Father of the Indian Green Revolution'
* Subramanian Swamy, Politician
* Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister of Education, Singapore (Sri Lankan Tamil ancestry)

Military
* General O.P. Malhotra, Ex-Army Chief, Governor of Punjab, Social Worker
* Rakesh Sharma, first Indian astronaut
* Shashindra Pal Tyagi, chief of Indian Air Force

Business Leaders / Top Executives

India
*Ajay Piramal, chairman, Piramal Enterprises Limited
*Anil Ambani son of Dhirubhai Ambani, Reliance Inc
*Dewang Mehta, ex-chief of NASSCOM
*Dhirubhai Ambani Founder of Reliance Inc, India's largest private firm, Multibillionaire
*Dilip Sanghvi,
*GD Birla, Industrialist, Birla Group
*Jamnalal Bajaj
* Kalanidhi Maran, Media Baron
*Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Biotechnology entrepreneur
* Kumar Birla, Multibillionaire, Birla Group
* M.A. Chidambaram, Industrialist
*Mukesh Ambani son of Dhirubhai Ambani, Reliance Inc
*N.R. Narayana Murthy, co-founder Infosys
* S. Ramadorai, CEO of Tata Consultancy Services
*Ramalinga Raju : Satyam Computers
*Shantanu Laxmanrao Kirloskar, Kirloskar Group
* Shiv Nadar, Chairman & CEO of HCL & Forbes List of Billionaires
*Subrata Roy, Sahara India Parivar
*Sunil Mittal
*Vijay Mallya, chairman, UB group of companiesalfred ford-ford car company,great grandson of henry ford

Overseas
*Lakshmi Mittal : 3rd Richest Man in the World, Richest non-American
*Amar Bose : Founder of Bose Corporation
*Ananda Krishnan : Media Baron, Richest man in Malaysia, ethnic Sri Lankan Tamil
*Bobby Kishore, General Manager Microsoft Corporation
*Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande, founder of Sycamore Networks
*Indra Nooyi : President, PepsiCo
*Rajat Gupta : CEO, McKinsey
*Sanjay Kumar : CEO, Computer Associates International
*Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO, Orange Telecommunications
*Sanjiv Sidhu, founder i2 Technologies
*Srichanda Hinduja, Hinduja Brothers
*Vinod Khosla : Venture Capitalist, Co-founder Sun Microsystems

Writers / Poets

Ancient Times to 19th Century
* Aathreya, Telugu Poet
* Auvaiyar, Saivite Saint and Tamil Poet
* Bharathidasan, Tamil Poet & Rationalist
* Kalidasa:Great Sanskrit poet, wrote the play Sakuntala
* Kambar, Tamil Poet, Translated Ramayana into Tamil
* Subramanya Bharathy, Tamil Poet, Anti-colonialist writer
* Thiruvalluvar, Tamil Author & Poet, Wrote the ancient Tamil treatise Thirukural
* Tholkappiar, Tamil Grammarian, wrote "Tholkappiyam" over 2000 years ago
* Tulsidas, Hindi Poet, Translated Ramayana into Hindi
* Kanaka Dasa
* Purandara Dasa
* Kumara Vyasa
* Akka Mahadevi
* Adikavi Pampa
* Vyasatirtha
* Allama Prabhu

20th Century
* Rabindranath Tagore : Writer, 1913 Nobel Literature Prize Winner
* V.S. Naipaul : Writer, Nobel Literature Prize Winner
* Aldous Huxley : Novelist, author of Brave New World
* Arun Kolatkar, Modern Poet
* Arundhati Roy, Author, Booker Prize Winner
* Bharati Mukherjee, Author, US
* Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
* Christopher Isherwood, Writer
* Eknath Easwaran, Malayali-American author
* Gopal Baratham, Singapore writer (also, leading neurosurgeon)
* Harivanshrai Bachchan, Hindi poet, father of Amitabh Bachchan
* Prof. Karmegha Konar, Tamil Poet
* Jayakanthan, Tamil writer, Jnanpith awardee
* Jhumpa Lahiri - Pulitzer Prize winner for "Interpreter of Maladies"
* Kalhana
* Kamala Markandaya, poetess
* Kannadasan, Tamil poet & lyricist, known as "kavi arasu" (king of poets)
* R.K. Laxman, Famous Indian Cartoonist & Humorist
* Manil Suri novelist
* Mahadevi Verma, Hindi poetess
* Mulk Raj Anand
* Munshi Premchand, Hindi novelist
* Pudhumaipithan, Influential and revolutionary Tamil writer
* R.K. Narayan, English short-story writer, Malgudi tales
* J.D. Salinger : Novelist
* Som Thakur, Author of "Ek Racha Patal Ki" Hindi Well known Poet
* Shashi Tharoor - Author of "The Great Indian Novel" besides other books
* Subhash Kak, writer
* Sumitranandan Pant, Hindi poet
* Vikram Seth, English novelist, poet
* Vayalar Ramavarma - Malayalam poet
* Savitri Devi Mukherji - writer and devotee of Adolf Hitler
* Gopalakrishna Adiga
* U. R. Ananthamurthy
* Kappe Arabhatta
* Amoghavarsha
* Basava
* Bhavageete
* D. R. Bendre
* Chamarasa
* Chikkupadhyaya
* Gangadhar V. Chittal
* Dinakara Desai
* Manu V. Devadevan
* Subbanna Ekkundi
* Gangadevi
* M. Govinda Pai
* Janna
* Gourish Kaikini
* Chandrashekhara Kambara
* Shivarama Karanth
* Kayyara Kinyanna Rai
* Kuvempu
* S. Manjunath
* A. N. Murthy Rao
* Nagavarma I
* Nagavarma II
* K. S. Narasimhaswamy
* K. S. Nissar Ahmed
* Sri Ponna
* Rajasekhara
* Samethanahalli Rama Rao
* Ranna
* Rudrabhatta
* Mamta Sagar
* Sarvajna
* Shishunala Sharif
* Shivakotiacharya
* G. S. Shivarudrappa
* B. M. Srikantaiah
* T. N. Srikantaiah
* Tirumalamba

cientists / Inventors

Ancient Times to 19th Century
*Madhav : (8th century A.D.) - medical text author and systematizer
*Charaka :Indian physician, one of the founders of Ayurveda
*Susruta : Indian surgeon, one of the earliest to perform Plastic Surgery

20th Century
*Amartya Sen : Economist, Nobel Prize Winner
*Abhay Ashtekar : — Loop Quantum Gravity Researcher
*Sabeer Bhatia : Co-founder of Hotmail
* Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, 1930 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics
*R. Chidambaram, Scientific Adviser to Prime Minister; ex-Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission
* Ganapathi Thanikaimoni, Palynologist, French Institute of Pondicherry, awarded the Fyson Prize in Natural Science
*Har Gobind Khorana : Scientist, Nobel Prize Winner
*Jagdish Chandra Bose : Scientist, Developer of Wireless Communication
* Marti Subrahmanyam, Finance Expert; Professor at NYU & Board of Directors of Infosys & ICICI
* C.K. Prahalad, Management Expert; University of Michigan Business School
* V.S. Ramachandran, Neuroscientist; Director Professor at UC San Diego
* S.S. Ratnam, pioneer in Singapore in-vitro fertilisation
* S.R. Ranganathan, Eminent librarian who devised the five laws of library science
* Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan, Brilliant 20th century Mathematician
* Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, 1983 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics
* Chandrasekhara Raman 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics

Mathematicians

*Yajnavalkya : 1800 BC, the author of the altar mathematics of the Shatapatha Brahmana.
*Lagadha : Author of a 1350 BC text on Vedic astronomy
*Baudhayana : 800 BC
*Manava : 750 BC
*Apastamba : 700 BC
*Aksapada Gautama 550 BC, Logician
*Katyayana 400 BC
*Panini 5th century BC
*Pingala 5th century BC
*Bharata Muni 450 BC
*Aryabhata- Astronomer who gave very accurate calculations for astronomical constants, 500
*Varahamihira
*Bhaskara I 620
*Brahmagupta - Helped bring the concept of zero into arithmetic,
*Virahanka(8th century) - Gave explicit rules for the Fibonacci series.
*Shridhara (between 650-850) - Gave a good rule for finding the volume of a sphere.
*Lalla 720-790
*Govindsvamin (9th century)
*Virasena
*Mahavira (9th century)
*Jayadeva(9th century)
*Prithudaka 9th century
*Halayudha10th century
*Aryabhata II 920-1000
*Vateshvara(10th century)
*Brahmadeva 1060-1130
*Sripati 1019-1066
*Gopala - Studied Fibonacci numbers before Fibonacci
*Hemachandra - Also studied Fibonacci numbers before Fibonacci
*Bhaskara- Conceived of Differential Calculus
*Gangesha Upadhyaya 13th century, Logician, Mithila school
*Pakshadhara sone of Gangehsa, Logician, Mithila school
*Shankara Mishra Logician, Mithila school
*Narayana Pandit
*Madhava- Considered the father of mathematical analysis, Founded some concepts of Calculus
*Parameshvara(1360-1455)
*Nilakantha Somayaji- Mathematician and Astronomer
*Mahendra Suri(14th century)
*Shankara Variyar (c. 1530)
*Vasudeva Sarvabhauma 1450-1525, Logician, Navadvipa school
*Raghunatha Shiromani (1475-1550), Logician, Navadvipa school
*Mathuranatha Tarkavagisha c. 1575, Logician, Navadvipa school
*Jyesthadeva
*Jagadisha Tarkalankara c. 1625, Logician, Navadvipa school
*Gadadhara Bhattacharya c. 1650, Logician, Navadvipa school
*Munishvara (17th century)
*Kamalakara (1657)
*Jagannatha(1730)
*Jagdish Chandra Bose (1858-1937)
*Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920)
*A. A. Krishnaswami Ayyangar (1892-1953)
*Meghnad Saha (1893-1956)
*Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893-1972
*Satyendra Nath Bose (1894-1974) Mathematical Physicist, famous for Bose-Einstein statistics
*Raj Chandra Bose (1901-1987)
*D.K. Ray-Chaudhuri
*Harish-Chandra (1923-1983)
*C.Radhakrishna Rao
*Gopalasamudram Narayana Iyer Ramachandran (1922-2001)
*Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar (1930-)
*Shakuntala Devi (1939-)
*Vijay Kumar Patodi (1945-1976)
*Narendra Karmarkar (1957-)
*M.V. Subbarao

Musicians / Singers / Dancers

* Ravi Shankar : Sitar virtuoso, multiple Grammy winner, mentor to George Harrison
* George Harrison : Musician and member of the Beatles
* Abhijeet, singer
* Alka Yagnik, singer
* Asha Bhosle, singer
* Babul Supriyo
* Balamurali Krishna
* Geeta Dutt, singer
* Hemant Kumar, composer and singer
* Hridaynath Mangeshkar, composer
* Ilayaraja, Famous Tamil Film Songs Composer
* Kannadasan, Famous Tamil Film Songs lyricist

* Kartik Seshadri,Sitarist
* Kavita Krishnamurthy
* Kay Kay, singer
* Kishore Kumar, playback singer, actor
* Lata Mangeshkar, singer
* Mahendra Kapoor, singer
* Manna Dey, singer
* Medha Hari, Bharatanatyam dancer
* MS Subbulakshmi, Classical (Carnatic) Singer
* Mukesh, singer
* Nitin Sawhney, composer
* O.P. Nayyar, composer
* Rahul Dev Burman, composer
* Ravi, composer
* S.D. Burman, composer
* Sadhana Sargam
* Salil Chowdhury, composer
* Suraiya, singer
* Trilok Gurtu, Percussionist
* Udit Narayan, singer
* Yesudas, singer, devotional and film songs, exponent of Carnatic music

Film Producers / Directors

*Satyajit Ray : Film Director
*Adoor Gopalakrishnan
*Bimal Roy
*Boney Kapoor
*David Dhawan
*Dev Anand
*Gemini Ganesan
*Guru Dutt
*Karan Johar
*Mani Ratnam
*Manoj Night Shyamalan (born Indian, later American citizen)
*Mira Nair
*Mrinal Sen
*Raj Kapoor
*Rajkumar Santoshi
*Ram Gopal Varma
*Ritwik Ghatak
*Sai Paranjpe
*Satish Kaushik
*Shankar Nag
*Shekhar Kapoor
*Shyam Benegal
*Subhash Ghai
*Subodh Mukherjee
*Shakti Samanta
*Vishal Bharadwaj
*Yash Chopra

Actors / Actresses

*Abhishek Bachchan
*Abhay Deol - Dhramendra's nephew
*Aftab Shivdasani
*Amrish Puri
*Amitabh Bachchan
*Ajay Devgan
*Akshay Khanna
*Akshay Kumar
*Amol Palekar
*Anil Kapoor
*Annu Kapoor
*Aman Verma
*Anupam Kher
*Ashok Kumar
*Asha Parekh
*Aishwarya Rai
*Balraj Sahni
*Bobby Deol - Dharmendara's Son and Sunny's younger brother
*Deeran Patel - child actor (born 1994)
*Dev Anand
*Dharmendra (born 1935)
*Govinda
*Gulshan Grover
*Guru Dutt
*Hrithik Roshan
*Jackie Shroff
*Jeetendra
*Juhi Chawla
*Kamal Haasan
*Karan Kapoor - Shashi Kapoor's son
*Koena Mitra
*Madhavan
*Mark Zuber
*Manoj Bajpai
*Manoj Kumar
*Mithun Chakraborty
*Mohanlal
*Navin Nischol
*Om Prakash
*Om Puri
*Padma Lakshmi
* Prabhu
* Pran
*Rajini Kanth
*Raj Kapoor (Actor and Director)
*Rajendra Kumar
*Raaj Kumar (Hindi actor)
* Rajeev Kapoor
*Rajesh Khanna
* Dr. Rajkumar (Kannada actor)
*Rakesh Roshan
*Randhir Kapoor
*Rishi Kapoor
*Roshan Seth
*Sanjay Dutt
*Sanjay Kapoor
*Sanjeev Kumar
*Shahid Kapoor
*Shankar Nag
* Shakti Kapoor
*Shammi Kapoor
*Shashi Kapoor
*Shatish Kaushik
*Shatrughan Sinha
*Sivaji Ganesan
*Sunil Dutt
*Sunil Shetty
*Sunny Deol
*Suresh Gopi
* Tusshar Kapoor
*Utpal Dutt
*Uttam Kumar
*Vinod Khanna
*Vinod Mehra
*Vivek Oberoi

Religious Leaders

* Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu and Indo-American leader, who read the groundbreaking first Hindu prayers in United States Senate in Washington DC and various state legislatures of USA.

ports figures

Golf
* Vijay Singh : Golf
* Jyoti Randhawa, (Punjabi)Golf
* Arjun Atwal, (Punjabi) Golf

Chess
* Viswanathan Anand, Chess
* P Harikrishna, Chess
* Krishnan Sasikiran, Chess
* Murugan Thiruchelvam, Chess
* Pravin Thipsay, Chess
* Ramachandran Ramesh, Chess

Tennis
* Mahesh Bhupathi, Tennis
* Ramesh Krishnan, tennis
* Karan Rastogi, Tennis

Formula One Racing
* Narain Karthikeyan, Formula One Racing

Cricket
* Anil Kumble, Cricket
* Chandu Borde, Cricket
* Javagal Srinath, Cricket
* Kapil Dev, Cricket
* Lakshmipathy Balaji, Cricket
* Mohinder Amarnath, Cricket
* Rahul Dravid, Cricket
* Sachin Tendulkar, Cricket
* Saurav Ganguly, Cricket
* Sunil Gavaskar, Cricket
* Dilip Vengsarkar, Cricket
* Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Cricket
* Rohan Kanhai, Cricket
* Raman Subba Row, Cricket
* Vinoo Mankad, Cricket
* Lala Amarnath, Cricket
* Vijay Merchant, Cricket
* CK Nayudu, Cricket
* Maharajkumar of Vizianagram, Cricket
* Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, Cricket, Ranji Trophy named in his honour
* Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji, Cricket, Duleep Trophy named in his honour
* Muttiah Muralitharan, Cricket, Fast Bowler for Sri Lanka
* V.V.S. Laxman, Cricket
* Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Cricket, West Indies Captain
* Ramnaresh Sarwan, Cricket, West Indies
* Mahendra Nagamootoo, Cricket, West Indies
* Muttiah Muralitharan, Cricket, Sri LankaHockey
* Ashok Kumar, Hockey
* Baljeet Singh Dhillon, Hockey
* Dhanraj Pillay, Hockey
* Dhyan Chand, Hockey
* Tirkey, Hockey

Badminton
* Prakash Padukone, Badminton
* Gopichand, Badminton

Other Sports
* Geet Sethi, Snooker
* P. T. Usha, Athlete, Asian Games medallist
* Karnam Malleswari, Weightlifting
* Baichung Bhutia, Football

Activists

*Vandana Shiva : Noted Environmentalist, critic of Globalisation
*Medha Patkar : Noted Environmentalist, Opponent of Narmada Dam

Hindu Proletariat

*Gautam Tripathi : A Hindu

Others

*Chotta Rajan : Underworld kingpin who picked up fight with International Muslim Terrorist and Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim
*Kalpana Chawla : Astronaut
* Varadharajan Mudaliar, known as Vardha Bhai; former prominent underworld kingpin. The Tamil film "Nayagan" and Hindi film 'Nayakan' (Starring Vinod Khanna, Madhuri Dikshit, Feroz Khan and Tinoo Anand)are based on his life.
* Veerappan, Sandalwood smuggler and forest brigand

Others who believed in or were influenced by Hinduism

*Ralph Waldo Emerson : Author, American Transcendentalist
*Amos Bronson Alcott : Author, American Transcendentalist
*Edwin Arnold : British Poet, Journalist
*David Bohm : American Quantum Physicist
*Niels Bohr : Danish Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
*Joseph Campbell : American Professor, writer, orator
*Fritjof Capra : Austrian born, American Physicist, author Tao of Physics
*Victor Cousin : French philosopher
*Alain Danielou : French writer
*Paul Deussen : German Orientalist and Sanskrit scholar, Influenced by Schopenhauer, friend of Nietzsche and Vivekananda.
*Will Durant : American philosopher and writer
*T. S. Eliot : Anglo-American author, Nobel Prize winner
*Rene Guenon : French philosopher
*Johann Gottfried Herder : German poet, critic, theologian, philosopher,and romanticist
*Herman Hesse : German author, Nobel Prize winner
*Wilhelm von Humboldt : German linguist, government functionary, foreign diplomat, philosopher, founder of Humboldt Universität
*William Jones (philologist): British philologist, discoverer of the Indo-European languages family
*Carl Jung : Swiss psychiatrist and founder of Analytical Psychology
*Herman Melville : American author, poet
*Jules Michelet : French historian
*Yehudi Menuhin : Violinist, exposed many Westerners to Yoga
*Max Muller : German Orientalist, created the discipline of comparative religion
*Friedrich Nietzsche : German philosopher, philologist, Atheist and psychologist
*Pythagoras : Ionian mathematician and philosopher, formulated the Pythagorean theorem
*Robert Oppenheimer : American physicist,Father of the Atomic Bomb
*Romain Rolland : French writer, Nobel Prize Winner
*George William Russell : Irish nationalist, critic and poet
*Carl Sagan : American astronomer, science popularizer, Promoted SETI
*Carlos Santana : Musician
*Arthur Schopenhauer : German Philosopher
*Erwin Schroedinger : Austrian physicist, Nobel Prize winner
*Albert Schweitzer : German theologian, philosopher, physician, Nobel Prize winner
*George Bernard Shaw : Irish playwright, satirist, vegetarian, Nobel Prize winner
*Huston Smith : Preeminent American religious studies scholars, wrote The Religions of Man
*Isaac Tigrett : Entrepreneur, Founder of Hard Rock Cafe
*Leo Tolstoy : Russian novelist, reformer, pacifist, moral thinker, vegetarian
*Arnold Joseph Toynbee : British historian
*Mark Twain : American humorist, writer and lecturer.
*Ludwig van Beethoven : German composer of classical music
*Henry David Thoreau : Author, American Transcendentalist
*Paul Verlaine : French poet
*HG Wells : British Science-Fiction writer, vegetarian
*John Archibald Wheeler : American theoretical physicist
*Alfred North Whitehead : British-American philosopher, physicist and mathematician
*Walt Whitman : American poet and humanist
*William Butler Yeats : Irish poet, dramatist, mystic, public figure, Nobel Prize winner
*Houman Younessi : Iranian-born Australian-American scientist, activist

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