‘The Best of XYZ/The Next Generation’ lists are a reflection of an ingrained bias or a selection preferences of the editorial team of an organisation. But let’s look at any list from the prism of potential, rather than purely through the lens of analytical metric of social justice, or is it unfair even to exclude this lens in the times that we live in?
Have we lost the innocence to celebrate talent without interrogating every single thing to death? Ultimately these people such as the The Wire Listing of Public Intellectuals in India is the thought process of a few selected individuals who have chosen the select few. But this does take away the merit of these individuals even if they were not selected, or those individuals who missed the list, that such a non random selection, emasculates their scholarship in any way.
Let’s celebrate talent for what it is rather than labelling it as anything.