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Facts About IITian Turned Congress Leader

Born on April 9, 1954, Jairam Ramesh is an Indian economist, historian and politician belonging to the Indian National Congress. He is a Member of Parliament representing the State of Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha. Born to CK Ramesh and Sridevi, Jairam considers himself a practicing Hindu with rooted Buddhism and calls himself a ‘Hind-Budh’.

Since childhood, Jairam was heavily influenced by Jawaharlal Nehru. He was fascinated by Nehru’s modern approach to life, his change in a traditional society and his liberal, humanistic and rational approach to life, religion, men and civic matters. He considers himself a product of the Nehruvian era in many ways. An additional influence was Mahatma Gandhi, whom he originally considered anti-modern, anti-science and anti-Western.

As he got older, reading Gandhi more, and seeing him in the political and historical context in which he operated, he came to appreciate and recognize Gandhi much more. He also studied Rabindranath Tagore deeply.

As the veteran frontman turns 68 this year, here are some facts you need to know about him

Personal Life and Education of Jairam Ramesh:

Ramesh was married to KR Jayashree on 26th January 1981 and currently resides at Lodi Gardens, Rajesh Pilot Marg, New Delhi. However, his wife died in early 2019. Until his election as Rajya Sabha of Karnataka in July 2016, his permanent residence was in Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana.

Jairam attended St. Xavier’s School, Ranchi in 1961-1963 in grades 3-5. He read Paul Samuelson (an American economist who won the Nobel Prize in 1970) and found it very interesting. His presentation, the substance of issues such as population and growth got him thinking about economics and the larger issues of life. Also at the age of 17, in 1971 he read Asian Drama, one of the first books by Gunnar Myrdal (a Swedish economist who won the Nobel Prize in 1974) and wrote to him at the International Institute of Stockholm Peace Research. Myrdal sent a very nice reply and said to keep in touch with him.

Moreover, he graduated from IIT Bombay in 1975 with a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering. Between 1975 and 1977, he studied at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Public Management. In 1977–78, he began the doctoral program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he planned to study technology policy, economics, engineering, and management, under the new interdisciplinary technology policy program . Family demands forced him to return to India and this program remained incomplete.

He is a founding member of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and a member of the International Council of the Asia Society, based in New York. Jairam has been a Visiting Scholar and Affiliate Scholar at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi since 2002.

Jairam Ramesh Career Highlights:

Jairam had a brief stint at Business India, formerly the main bi-monthly business owned by Ashok Advani. This began his association with the sister of tiger researcher Valmik Thapar, Malavika Singh, the Business India power broker who launched the company’s now defunct business channel, BiTV. Jairam was part of Malavika Singh’s gossip sessions with the likes of Navin Patnaik, now Orissa’s chief minister, in attendance, and now wearing the label of being a gossip ace.

Jairam dropped out of a PhD program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after earning a Master of Science (MS) in Public Management at Heinz College, Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977 to take a job at the World Bank.

Upon his return, he had a stint as a backroom boy with economist Lovraj Kumar and served as a special duty officer in Vice President Singh’s government. He became a key part of Manmohan Singh’s finance ministry under Narasimha Rao.

Jairam is known for writing many of Sonia Gandhi’s English speeches. He wrote and rewrote the UPA Common Minimum Curriculum in 2004 on his Fujitsu laptop at 99 South Avenue six times.

The Congress leader then participated in India’s economic reforms in 1991 and 1997. He was an adviser to the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission in 1992–94, served on a special mission to Jammu and Kashmir in 1993 –95 and was an adviser to Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram. between 1996 and 1998.

He was also Secretary of the All India Congress Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Karnataka Planning Board (2000–2002), Member of the Rajasthan Development Council (1999–2003) and Economic Advisor to the Chhattisgarh State Government (2001). –03). He was a member of the Congress Party’s Election Strategy Team for the 2004 Lok Sabha cycle.

In February 2009, in the run up to the 15th Lok Sabha elections, he chaired the party’s Poll Strategy Panel.

He was given the independent charge of environment and forests as Minister of State in the Congress-led administration after his 2009 re-election to the Indian Parliament.

Currently, Jairam has been appointed as a member of a board that provides strategic advice to a key UN agency on environmentally friendly technologies for developing countries.

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Posted: Friday, April 8, 2022, 12:02 PM IST