Mohan Guruswamy

Freelance Commentator & Writer on Politics, Economy, and Security

Current Positions

Expert – TPF
President – Centre for Policy Alternatives

Past Positions

Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha

Advisor to Finance Minister – 2001-02



MA – Public Policy & International Affairs; HKS, Harvard University

MBA – Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

BSc – Mathematics, Physics, & Chemistry; Nizam College, Hyderabad


Mohan Guruswamy had his undergraduate education in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at Nizam College, Hyderabad, India. He has post-graduate qualifications in Public Policy, International Affairs and Management. He is an alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. With an interesting career path that included teaching, senior management, journalism and in government as the Advisor to the Finance Minister with the rank of Secretary to the Government of India, he now heads the Centre for Policy Alternatives, New Delhi. Dr Mohan Guruswamy is widely travelled in India and abroad, and is the author of several books on policy issues, some of the recent being The Looming Crisis in India’s Agriculture; India: Issues in Development; India’s World: Essays in Foreign Policy and Security Issues; India China Relations: The Border Issue and Beyond; and the latest being Chasing the Dragon: Will India Catch-up with China? He is a frequent commentator on national and international TV and Radio on matters of current interest and writes a widely read and disseminated newspaper and magazine column. His papers on Redefining Poverty, Income Inequality, Backwardness of Bihar, Economic Development in West Bengal, FDI in Retail have been published in well regarded journals like the Economic and Political Weekly, Seminar and the Journal of Public Policy, UK.

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