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A regular commentator and columnist on the economy, Swaminathan Aiyar has been called "India's leading economic journalist" by Stephen Cohen of the Brookings Institution. He is currently Consulting Editor of The Economics Times and a research scholar at The Cato Institute. He has been editor of two of India's biggest economic dailies, Financial Express in 1988-90 and The Economic Times in 1992-94. For two decades, he was also the India Correspondent of The Economist, the British weekly. He has been a frequent consultant to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He is best known for his popular weekly column in The Times of India, "Swaminomics". The column discusses economic and political issues pertaining to India and the world
An alumnus of The Doon School and St Stephen's College, he earned a master's degree in economics from Magdalen College, Oxford. He has two books to his credit: Towards Globalisation (1992) and Swaminomics: Escape from the Benevolent Zookepers (forthcoming, Times of India, 2007). Swami, as he is universally called, is also a social investor. He runs the Mukundan Charitable Trust. He has co-promoted three micro-finance institutions – Arohan in Calcutta, Sonata in Allahabad and Mimo Finance in Dehra Dun. He is on the Board of Directors of Artisans Micro Finance Ltd, and hopes to convert artisans into share-owning millionaires. And he is building a fleet of medical ships on the Brahmaputra to serve islands that have never seen a doctor.