senior member of inc, economist, policy expert
Jairam Ramesh is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. A former Union Minister, he has held several portfolios in the Union Government, including Rural Development (2011-2014), Drinking Water and Sanitation (2011-2013), Environment and Forests (2009-2011), Commerce and Power (2008-09), and Commerce (2006-2009).
Before taking up public office, he was the Advisor to the Finance Minister (1996-98), Officer on Special Duty to the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission (1991-94), to the Prime Minister (June- September 1991) and in the Planning Commission (1986-89). He has also been an Additional Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Industry (1985-86) and a Consultant in the Advisory Board on Energy, Cabinet Secretariat (1983-85).
Some of his published works include Indo-US Relations (2000), Globalising India (2003) and Making Sense of Chindia (2005),Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India (2015); To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story (2015) and Old History, New Geography: Bifurcating Andhra Pradesh (2016). He is currently working on an environmental biography of Indira Gandhi, Tryst with Nature (to be published in June 2017) and an economic history of contemporary India.