5th June 2017
I wrote this self-introduction with someone today. Sharing here.
I joined the IAS in 1982 and worked in various capacities, such as Professor of Management at the Lal Bahadur National Academy of Administration and Commissioner and Secretary to the Government in the State Government of Meghalaya. However, since February 1998, my focus has been on bringing essential governance reforms to India. I finally decided to take the political route and resigned in January 2001 and left India, after my first (failed) attempt to form a liberal party.
Since then I have worked in the Victorian Government in Melbourne in various capacities, including over the last 11 years as an economist in the Department of Treasury and Finance. (I have a doctorate in economics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles – in addition to various management qualifications).
My thesis is that Indian governments have failed to understand the skewed incentives of India’s governance system. We need far more liberalisation, but without fundamental governance reforms, economic reforms cannot succeed.
I was fortunate that finally, a few years ago, I helped form India’s only (classical) liberal party, Swarna Bharat Party. (Please refer to my recent Times of India article regarding the party.) My detailed message and arguments are found in my 2008 book, Breaking Free of Nehru (download here) – the book is highly commended by Gurcharan Das, author of India Unbound. (He has also, earlier this year, joined Swarna Bharat Party.)
I wrote a detailed article on bureaucratic system reforms in India’s Cabinet Secretariat newsletter. I also published a shorter article on the topic in Times of India(here). And have written on electoral reforms in The Wire (here).
India’s economic future remains bleak without such reforms. Our governance system is close to the world’s worst. With such a system we can do nothing to uplift India.