Barun S. Mitra is a writer and commentator on current affairs on a range of issues from economic development, environmental quality and political participation. He is the founder and director of Liberty Institute, www.InDefenceofLiberty.org, a non-profit, independent public policy research and advocacy organisation, based in New Delhi, India. Liberty Institute is dedicated to enhancing individual freedom in economic and political domains. Among the recognition the Institute has received was the Templeton Award for social entrepreneurship in 2003. Barun Mitra also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in environmental policy debates from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
He has been widely published in newspapers and magazines in India and across the world, among them the Sydney Morning Herald, China Daily, the Hindustan Times, the Indian Express, The Times (London), the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com.
Mr. Mitra is currently working to apply his insights from the political process to a few policy areas such as climate change and energy, as well as property rights (particularly land rights). The aim is to understand the political dynamics surrounding these issues, and leverage them to stimulate policy change in way that makes reforms politically acceptable.