Bibek Debroy

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Bibek Debroy
Bibek Debroy.jpg
Permanent Member of NITI Aayog of India
Born (1955-01-25) 25 January 1955 (age 62)
Residence New Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Presidency College
University of Delhi
Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Economist

Bibek Debroy (born 25 January 1955) is an Indian economist. Since March 2007, he has been professor at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.[citation needed] He has also been Visiting Honorary Senior Research Fellow for Institute for South Asian Studies in National University of Singapore from May 2009.[citation needed]

Since its conception, Mr. Debroy has been a member of NITI Aayog, the think tank of Indian Government. As the head of the panel on restructuring railways Mr. Debroy brought out a final report seeking to appoint an independent regulator while doing away with Rail Budget altogether.


Debroy studied at Ramakrishna Mission Narendrapur, Presidency College of the University of Calcutta, Delhi School of Economics and Trinity College, Cambridge.

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.[1] 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.[citation needed] 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.

In 2010, he started authoring a ten-volume unabridged English translation of the Hindu epic The Mahabharata. This concluded in 2014. He is now working on a 3-volume translation of the Valmiki Ramayana.

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.[2][3][4]

He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.[5] He was awarded D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) by KIIT University in 2015 and D. Phil. (Honoris Causa) by Amity University in 2016.

He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by US-India Business Summit in 2016.

Books authored or co-authored[edit]

Books written or co-written by Debroy include:


Indology and others[edit]

Unabridged translation of the Mahabharata/Ramayana

Debroy is working on an unabridged translation of the Valmiki Ramayana in 3 volumes, translated from the Sanskrit critical edition of the Ramayana, compiled at the Baroda Oriental Research Institute. The 10-volume translation of the Mahabharata has been published.


  1. ^ Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor; United Nations Development Programme (2008-01-01). Making the law work for everyone. II. New York: Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor : United Nations Development Programme. p. ii. ISBN 9789211262209. 
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  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2015". Press Information Bureau. Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.