Bimal Jalan

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Bimal Jalan
20th Governor of Reserve Bank of India
In office
Preceded by Dr. C Rangarajan
Succeeded by Dr. Y Venugopal Reddy
Personal details
Born (1941-08-17) 17 August 1941 (age 77)
Sadulpur, Rajasthan, British India
Nationality Indian
Residence Kolkata (west bengal)
Education Presidency College, Calcutta
Occupation Bureaucrat
Known for Governor of Reserve Bank of India

Bimal Jalan (born 17 August 1941) is a former Governor of Reserve Bank of India and was a nominated member of the Upper House of India's Parliament, the Rajya Sabha during 2003–2009.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Jalan graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta, and later attended Cambridge and Oxford but no further detail as to his course of study is known publicly.

Jalan held several administrative and advisory positions in the Government of India, namely, Chief Economic Adviser in the 1980s, Banking Secretary between 1985 and 1989 and Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance between January 1991 and September 1992. In 1992-93 and then from 1998-2008, Jalan was the President of the Governing Body of the National Council of Applied Economic Research, Planning Commission in New Delhi.

He was the Governor of Reserve Bank of India for two terms. The Government of India reappointed Jalan as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, first for a period of two years commencing 22 November 2000 to 21 November 2002 and again for a further period of two years commencing from 22 November 2002 and ending 21 November 2004. He was succeeded by Y. Venugopal Reddy on 6 September 2003.[2] During his tenure the Indian Rupee note of 1000 denomination was introduced.[3] He is the writer of many books such as "The Future of India", "India's Politics: A View from the Backbench","The Future Of India: Politics, Economics, And Governance","The Indian Economy: Problems And Prospects", "India's Economic Policy","Emerging India: Economics, Politics and Reforms" and "India's Economic Crisis: The Way Ahead".[4][5]

Selected works[edit]

  • India's Economic Crisis: The Way Ahead (Oxford University Press, 1991)
  • The Indian Economy: Problems and Prospects (editor) (Penguin, 1993).
  • India's Economic Policy: Preparing for the Twenty-first Century (Viking, 1996) examines some of the critical policy choices for India at the present juncture.
  • The Future of India Politics, Economics and Governance (Penguin, 2005).
  • India's Politics: A view from the backbench (Penguin-Viking, 2007).


  1. ^ "Rajya Sabha members". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. ^ "List of Governors". Reserve Bank of India. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2006-12-08. 
  3. ^ Jain, Manik (2004). 2004 Phila India Paper Money Guide Book. Kolkata: Philatelia. p. 77. 
  4. ^ "List of self authored books". 
  5. ^ "Most widely held works by Bimal Jalan". WorldCat.