Jairam Ramesh is a well-known economist, government official and senior pioneer of the Indian National Congress.
He is a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh state, a position he has held since June 2004.
In 2011 Jairam Ramesh was elevated to the Union Council of Ministers of India and appointed Minister of Rural Development and Minister of the new Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Between May 2009 and July 2011, he was Minister of State at the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Ramesh has been a columnist for The Business Standard, Business Today, The Telegraph, The Times and India Today. In addition to this he has also anchored a number of popular television programmes on business and the economy.
Ramesh is also the author of the following books: ‘Making Sense of Chindia: Reflections on China and India’ (2005), foreword by Strobe Talbott, ‘Mobilising Technology for World Development’ (Co-editor, 1979), ‘To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story’ (2015) and ‘Old History, New Geography’ (2016)
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