|Alma mater||Presidency College|
University of Delhi
Trinity College, Cambridge
Bibek Debroy is an Indian economist, serving as the chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. He is also the Chairman of the Finance Ministry's 'Expert Committee for Infrastructure Classification and Financing Framework for Amrit Kaal'. Debroy has made significant contributions to game theory, economic theory, income and social inequalities, poverty, law reforms, railway reforms and Indology among others. Bibek Debroy's recent co-authored magnum opus, Inked in India, stands distinguished as the premier comprehensive documentation, capturing the entirety of recognized fountain pen, nib, and ink manufacturers in India. He is also an anchor for the fortnightly show Itihasa on Sansad TV.
From its inception in January 2015, till June 2019, Mr. Debroy was a member of the NITI Aayog, the think tank of the Indian Government. He was awarded the Padma Shri (the fourth-highest civilian honour in India) in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by US-India Business Summit. In 2022, he was conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award by The Australia India Chamber of Commerce (AICC). 
Early life and education
Debroy was born in Shillong, now in Meghalaya, on 25 January 1955. His grandparents had migrated from Sylhet, now in Bangladesh; his paternal grandfather and his father migrating as late as 1948. His father went on to join the Indian Audit and Accounts Service.
Bibek Debroy started his school education at Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur. After that he studied at Kolkata Presidency College and Delhi School of Economics. Later on, Debroy went to the University of Cambridge on a Trinity College scholarship, where he met his then supervisor, Frank Hahn, a noted British economist. Debroy, under the tutelage of Hahn, worked on integrating information into a general equilibrium framework. A considerable amount of work on integrating information into a general equilibrium framework took place during this period. Though his initial intention was to complete a PhD, owing to no substantial results, Debroy settled for the lower degree of MSc and returned to work in India.
His past positions include the Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, Consultant to the Department of Economic Affairs of Finance Ministry (Government of India), Secretary-General of PhD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Director of the project LARGE (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalising the Economy), set up by the Finance Ministry and UNDP for examining legal reforms in India. Between December 2006 and July 2007, he was the rapporteur for implementation in the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. Debroy has authored several books, papers and popular articles, has been the Consulting Editor of Indian financial and other newspapers. He has been a member of the National Manufacturing Competitive Council from November 2004 to December 2009. He was the Chairman of a Committee set up by the Chief Minister of Jharkhand to recommend a development plan for the State. He has been a Member of the Chief Minister's Economic Advisory Council in Rajasthan.
From 2014 to 2015, he was the Chairman of the High Powered Committee set up by the Ministry of Railways to restructure Indian Railways. In the past, Debroy has taught at Presidency College, Calcutta, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and the National Council of Applied Economic Research.
On 5 January 2015, he was appointed as permanent member of NITI Aayog (or National Institution for Transforming India Aayog), which is the replacement of Planning Commission and will act as a think-tank to the government of India. He served as a Member of Niti Aayog till June 2019. In September 2017, he was appointed Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. From September 2018 to September 2022, the President of the Indian Statistical Institute. In September 2022, he was appointed Chancellor of Pune’s Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute. (https://punemirror.com/pune/others/Pune-Veteran-economist-Bibek-Debroy-appointed-as-Deccan-Col/cid8454894.htm)
Itihasa: Sansad TV Series
Debroy anchors Itihasa, a show telecasted on Sansad TV, the official channel of Parliament of India. The series is a journey to discover what is "Bharata", what it means to be "Bhartiya" and what it means in terms of India's Sanatana Sanskriti.
Debroy has translated the unabridged version of the Mahabharata into English, in a series of 10 volumes. He has also translated the Bhagavad Gita, the Harivamsa, the Vedas and Valmiki's Ramayana (in three volumes). He has translated the Bhagavata Purana (in three volumes), the Markandeya Purana (one volume), the Brahma Purana (two volumes) the Vishnu Purana (one volume) and the Shiva Purana (three volumes). Along with Manmatha Nath Dutt, he is only the second person to have translated both the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, in unabridged form, into English. For his translations, he has been conferred with Sir Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar Memorial Award in July 2023 by the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.
The Reception by experts in the popular press has been favorable. Business Standard, reviewing his translation of Ramayana, admired Debroy's lucidity and addition of explanatory footnotes. Arshia Sattar, reviewing the same work for The Indian Express, applauded his remarkable feat of translating the two major Sanskrit epics and praised his introduction to the text as well as literal translation; notwithstanding the relatively poor scholarly apparatus vis-à-vis Goldman, Debroy's was held to be more compact and accessible. Hindustan Times, reviewing the translation of Mahabharata, commended his academic-like rigor and passion; it spoke favorably of Debroy's choice of words—modernized yet true to the Sanskrit source—, and sprinkling of mathematical details in notes. According to a review of Shiva Purana in News18, Bibek Debroy's translation is highlighted for its clarity and ease of understanding, like his previous translations of the Puranas, enriched with extensive footnotes and consistent use of terms, addressing the challenge of untranslated Sanskrit terms through explanatory footnotes and is highly recommended for those seeking an unabridged, distortion-free translation of the Shiva Purana.
- "Infrastructure may get new definition to woo investors".
- "Bibek Debroy". Indianexpress.com. 15 November 2017.
- Bombaywala, Suhit. "Inked in India; Fountain Pens and A Story of Make and Unmake by Bibek Debroy and Sovan Roy". Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
- "Sangsad TV: Itihasa". Sansadtv.nic.in.
- "Choicest images: President Pranab Mukherjee confers Padma Awards 2015". Economic Times.
- "All set for Sansad TV launch; Karan Singh, Tharoor, Kant, Sanyal to host special shows". Tribuneindia.com.
- "PM Narendra Modi to launch Sansad TV on September 15: Report". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 10 September 2021.
- "PM Modi to launch Sansad TV on September 15". Brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com.
- "संसद टीवी : 15 सितंबर को प्रधानमंत्री मोदी करेंगे नए चैनल का शुभारंभ, लोकसभा व राज्यसभा टीवी का हुआ इसमें विलय". Amarujala.com.
- "PM Modi to launch Sansad TV on September 15, say sources". The Times of India.
- "Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch Sansad TV on Sept 15: Report". Businesstodayin. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
- "When will Sansad TV go live? Why Parliament proceedings need a channel to be aired instead of LS and RS TV?". Firstpost.com. 15 September 2021.
- "PM Modi to launch Sansad TV on 15 Sept: Report". Livemint.com. 13 September 2021.
- AB Wire. "Bibek Debroy conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award in Australia". American Bazaar. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
- "Bibek_Debroy" (PDF).
- Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor; United Nations Development Programme (1 January 2008). Making the law work for everyone. Vol. II. New York: Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor : United Nations Development Programme. p. ii. ISBN 9789211262209.
- "Bibek Debroy". CPR. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
- Kumar, Amit. "Jharkhand at a glance". Jharkhand State Portal. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
- "Report of the Committee for Mobilization of Resources for Major Railway Projects and Restructuring of Railway Ministry and Railway Board" (PDF). Indianrailways.gov.in. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
- "Economists Arvind Panagariya, Bibek Debroy appointed to Niti Aayog". HuffPost India. 5 January 2015.
- "Arvind Panagariya appointed NITI Aayog vice-chairman; Debroy, Saraswat members". The Times of India. 5 January 2015.
- "Seven Questions about Niti Aayog that Modi govt should answer". Economic Times Blog. 5 January 2015.
- Loksatta. "भांडारकर स्मृती पुरस्कार डॉ. विवेक देबरॉय यांना जाहीरभांडारकर स्मृती पुरस्कार डॉ. विवेक देबरॉय यांना जाहीर". Loksatta. Loksatta. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
- Bhattacharya, A. K. (17 March 2018). "Book review: Bibek Debroy's translation of the Ramayana is easy to navigate". Business Standard India. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
- "Game of Thrones". The Indian Express. 9 June 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
- "The Bhagavata Purana book review: Of times and tales past". The Indian Express. 4 May 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
- "A Spectacular Epic". The Book Review, Monthly Review of Important Books. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
- "Review: The Mahabharata: Volume 5". Hindustan Times. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
- Regier, Willis Goth (2018). "The Valmiki Ramayana trans. Bibek Debroy, and: The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki trans. Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman (review)". MLN. 133 (5): 1443–1445. doi:10.1353/mln.2018.0095. ISSN 1080-6598. S2CID 165516655.
- India: Redeeming the Economic Pledge, Academic Foundation, 2004 <https://web.archive.org/web/20110707075705/http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/debroy.asp>.
- Transforming West Bengal, Changing the Agenda for an Agenda for Change, jointly with Laveesh Bhandari, February 2009 <https://web.archive.org/web/20101218180830/http://indicus.net/media/index.php/2009/1324-transforming-west-bengal-changing-the-agenda-for-an-agenda-for-change>.
- India Labour Report 2008 – The Right to Rise: Making India's Labour Markets Inclusive," jointly with Laveeesh Bhandari, TeamLease Services, 2009 <https://web.archive.org/web/20101221105636/http://teamlease.com/images/reports/TeamLease_LabourReport2008.pdf>.
- India Labour Report 2009 – The Geographic Mismatch & A Ranking of Indian States by their Labour Ecosystem, jointly with Laveesh Bhandari, TeamLease Services, 2010 <https://web.archive.org/web/20101221103929/http://teamlease.com/images/reports/TeamLease_LabourReport2009.pdf>.
- Economic Freedom of the States of India 2011, Academic Foundation, 2011, jointly with Swaminathan Aiyar and Laveesh Bhandari <http://www.cato.org/economic-freedom-india/>.
- The India Mosaic – Searching for an Identity, Academic Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, Delhi, 2004, jointly edited with D. Shyam Babu <https://web.archive.org/web/20110707075717/http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/imosaic.asp>.
- Agenda for Improving Governance, Academic Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, Delhi 2004 <https://web.archive.org/web/20110707075729/http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/agenda.asp>.
- Integrating the Rural Poor into Markets, India Development Foundation and International Development Enterprises, Academic Foundation, Delhi 2004 <https://web.archive.org/web/20110707075844/http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/Rpoor.asp>.
- Small-Scale Industry in India, Large Scale Exit Problems, jointly edited with Laveesh Bhandari, Academic Foundation, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, 2004 <https://web.archive.org/web/20110707075859/http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/SSI-LSEP.asp>.
- Energizing Rural Development through Panchayats, jointly edited with P.D. Kaushik, Academic Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, 2004.
- Reforming the Labour Market, jointly edited with P.D. Kaushik, Academic Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, 2004 <https://web.archive.org/web/20110707075909/http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/Refo_L.asp>.
- Uses and Misuses of Anti-Dumping Provisions in World Trade, A Cross-Country Perspective, jointly edited with Debashis Chakraborty, Academic Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, 2006 <https://web.archive.org/web/20110707075921/http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/antidump.asp>.
- The Trade Game, Negotiation Trends at WTO and Concerns of Developing Countries, jointly edited with Debashis Chakraborty, Academic Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, 2006 <http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/tradeGame.asp>.
- Judicial Reforms in India, Issues and Aspects, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies and Academic Foundation, 2007, jointly edited with Arnab Kumar Hazra <https://web.archive.org/web/20110707075943/http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/jreforms.asp>.
- Anti-Dumping, Global Abuse of a Trade Policy Instrument, jointly edited with Debashis Chakraborty, Liberty Institute and Academic Foundation, 2007 <https://web.archive.org/web/20110707080007/http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/antiD-GA.asp>.
- India Health Report 2010, edited with Ajay Mahal and Laveesh Bhandari, Indicus Analytics and Business Standard Books, 2010 <http://www.business-standard.com/books/books.php?lmnu=m1&sub=11&val=11>.
- Corruption in India – The DNA and the RNA, jointly with Laveesh Bhandari, Konark Publishers, 2011, ASIN B006MAADEU
- Gujarat: Governance for Growth and Development, Academic Foundation, 2012. https://books.google.com/books?id=4iCuNAEACAAJ&q=gujarat+growth+for+governance+and+development
- Economic Freedom of the States of India, 2012, jointly with Laveesh Bhandari, Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar and Ashok Gulati, Academic Foundation, 2013.
- Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform, jointly with Ashley Tellis and Reece Trevor, Carnegie Endowment, http://carnegieendowment.org/2014/06/09/getting-india-back-on-track-action-agenda-for-reform/hdr3
- Meghalaya, On the Paths to Prosperity, 2014, Aakhya Media Services, ISBN 978-81-929512-1-8, https://web.archive.org/web/20150710215729/http://www.aakhyamedia.com/index.php/product/meghalaya/
- Footprints ... The Story of Chhattisgarh, 2016, Aakhya Media Services, ISBN 978-81-929512-5-6
- India 2047, Voices of the Young, edited, 2017, Academic Foundation, ISBN 978-93-327-0390-2, http://academicfoundation.org/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=821
- Indian Railways, The Weaving of a National Tapestry, jointly with Sanjay Chadha and Vidya Krishnamurthi, Portfolio/Penguin, 2017, ISBN 978-0-14-342675-2, https://web.archive.org/web/20170129164338/http://penguin.co.in/book/uncategorized/indian-railways/
- India @ 70, Modi @ 3.5, Capturing India's transformation under Narendra Modi, jointly edited with Ashok Malik, Wisdom Tree, 2017, ISBN 978-81-8328-498-1
- Ideas for India, Faster, Higher, Stronger, Wisdom Tree, 2017, ISBN 978-81-8328-500-1
- On the Trail of the Black, Tracking Corruption, jointly edited with Kishore Arun Desai, Rupa Publications, 2017, ISBN 978-81-291-4922-0, http://rupapublications.co.in/books/on-the-trail-of-the-black-tracking-corruption/
- Making of New India, Transformation Under Modi Government, jointly edited with Anirban Ganguly and Kishore Desai, Wisdom Tree, 2019 (ISBN 978-81-8328-531-5).
- The Railway Chronicles, Synergy Books India, 2019 (ISBN 978-93-82059-83-7).
- Reason and Reform, How Policy Reforms have Shaped India, jointly with Diwakar Jhurani, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2021, ISBN 978-93-3270-540-1
- MODI 2.0: A Resolve To Secure India, jointly edited with Ranjit Pachnanda, Anirban Ganguly & Uttam Kumar Sinha, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2021, (ISBN 978-93-9009-542-1, http://www.pentagonpress.in/book_details.aspx?this=15121
- Inked in India: Fountain Pens and a Story of Make and Unmake, jointly with Sovan Roy, Rupa, 2022 ISBN 978-93-5520-564-3
- At the Intersection of Law and Life, Essays in Honour of Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, jointly edited with Sameer Kochhar, Oakbridge Publishing, 2023, ISBN 978-9395764490.
- Indology and others
- Some Aspects of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, 1990, South Asia Books. ISBN 978-8171690084.
- The Bhagavad Gita, A translation, Penguin, 2006 <http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/category/Philosophy_and_Religion/Bhagavad_Gita_9780144000685.aspx>, reprinted as The Bhagavad Gita, Penguin, 2019 (ISBN 978-0670093151).
- Sarama and Her Children, The Dog in Indian Myth, Penguin, 2008 <http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/category/Non_Fiction/Sarama_and_Her_Children_9780143064701.aspx>.
- The Bhagavad Gita for You, Har-Anand, 2012.
- Ujjain – The Land of Simhastha, 2015, Aakhya Media Services, https://web.archive.org/web/20160328223203/http://www.aakhyamedia.com/index.php/shop/
- The Book of Limericks, Penguin, 2018, https://penguin.co.in/book/poetry/the-book-of-limericks/
- Manmatha Nath Dutt, Translator Extraordinaire, Rupa, 2020 (ISBN 978-9389967012), http://rupapublications.co.in/books/manmatha-nath-dutt-translator-extraordinaire/
- The Bhagavad Gita for Millennials, Rupa, 2020 (ISBN 978-93-90260-38-6), https://rupapublications.co.in/books/the-bhagavad-gita-for-millennials/
- Navaratri: When Devi Comes Home, jointly edited with Anuradha Goyal, Rupa, 2021, ISBN 93-5520-045-5
- Devi for Millennials, Rupa, 2022, ISBN 978-93-5520-785-2
- Unabridged translation of the Mahabharata/Ramayana/Puranas
Debroy has translated the Bhagavad Gita, the Mahabharata (10 volumes), Harivamsha, the Valmiki Ramayana (3 volumes), the Bhagavata Purana (3 volumes), the Markandeya Purana, the Brahma Purana (2 volumes), the Vishnu Purana (1 volume) and Shiva Purana (3 volumes). He is now working on a translation of Brahmanda Purana.
- The Mahabharata, Vol. I. Penguin, 2010. ISBN 9780143100133. 536 pages. Contains most of Adi Parva.
- The Mahabharata, Vol. II. Penguin, 2010. ISBN 9780143100140. 528 pages. Contains the rest of Adi Parva, all of Sabha Parva, and part of the Vana Parva (ending with the story of Nala and Damayanti).
- The Mahabharata, Vol. III. Penguin, 2011. ISBN 9780143100157. 648 pages. Contains the rest of Vana Parva.
- The Mahabharata, Vol. IV. Penguin, 2011. ISBN 9780143100164. 624 pages. Contains all of Virata Parva, and most of Udyoga Parva.
- The Mahabharata, Vol. V. Penguin, 2012. ISBN 9780143100171. 632 pages. Contains the rest of Udyoga Parva, all of Bhishma Parva (including the Bhagavad Gita), and some of Drona Parva (including the death of Abhimanyu).
- The Mahabharata, Vol. VI. Penguin, 2012. ISBN 9780143100188. 560 pages. Contains the rest of Drona Parva.
- The Mahabharata, Vol. VII. Penguin, 2013. ISBN 9780143100195. 600 pages. Contains Karna Parva and Shalya Parva, the end of the war.
- The Mahabharata, Vol. VIII. Penguin, 2013. ISBN 9780143100201. 600 pages. Contains Sauptika Parva, Stri Parva and Shanti Parva.
- The Mahabharata, Vol. IX, Penguin, 2014. ISBN 9780143422914. 600 pages. Contains Anushasana Parva.
- The Mahabharata, Vol. X, Penguin, 2014. ISBN 9780143422921. 760 pages. Concludes the Anushasana Parva, and the rest of the story.
- Harivamsha, Penguin, 2016. ISBN 9780143425984. 441 pages.
- The Valmiki Ramayana, 2017, ISBN 978-0143441144. 1536 pages.
- The Bhagavata Purana, Vol.1, Penguin, 2019, ISBN 978-0143428015. 500 pages.
- The Bhagavata Purana, Vol.2, Penguin, 2019, ISBN 978-0143428022. 500 pages.
- The Bhagavata Purana, Vol.3, Penguin, 2019, ISBN 978-0143428039. 500 pages.
- The Markandeya Purana, Penguin, 2019, ISBN 978-0143448259.
- The Brahma Purana, Penguin, Vol.1, 2021, ISBN 978-0-14-345489-2.
- The Brahma Purana, Penguin, Vol.2, 2021, ISBN 978-0-14-345490-8.
- The Vishnu Purana, Penguin, 2022, 2022, ISBN 978-0-14-3456865.
- The Shiva Purana, Penguin, Vol. 1, 2023, ISBN 978-0-14-3459699.
- The Shiva Purana, Penguin, Vol. 2, 2023, ISBN 978-0-14-3459705.
- The Shiva Purana, Penguin, Vol.3, 2023, ISBN 978-0-14-3459712.
- Sacred Songs: The Mahabharata's Many Gitas, Rupa, 2023, ISBN 978-93-5702-509-6.