Narendra Jadhav

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Dr. Narendra Jadhav
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Dr. Narendra Jadhav
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
25 April 2016
Planning Commission
In office
16 June 2009 – 16 May 2014
National Advisory Council
In office
Vice-Chancellor of the
Savitribai Phule Pune University
In office
Chief Econimic Counsellor
DA Afganistan Bank
In office
February 2006 – August 2006
Chief Econimist
Reserve Bank of India
In office
September 2004 – February 2006
Personal details
Born 28 May 1953
Spouse(s) Vasundhara Jadhav
Children 1 Son (Tanmoy)
1 Daughter (Apoorva)
Alma mater Ramnarain Ruia College
University of Mumbai
Indiana University, USA
Occupation Economist, Educationist, Professor, Writer

Narendra Damodar Jadhav (born 1953) is an Indian economist, educationist, public policy expert, distinguished professor and writer in English, Marathi and Hindi.
Currently he is a Member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament.
He previously served as member of the Planning Commission of India and the National Advisory Council.[1][2] Prior to this, he worked as Vice Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and headed economic research at the Reserve Bank of India.[3]
The life-story of Dr. Narendra Jadhav is a story of the emerging resurgent India and its great potential. From a modest start, as a first-generation learner from a poor Dalit family in Mumbai, Dr Narendra Jadhav grew up to be a public figure, undaunted by social and economic deprivation, making on his way a distinctive mark in several areas, including, Economics, Education, Literature, Culture and Public Policy. His contribution to different fields of public life, fighting against all odds, has earned him wide recognition. He is a recipient of 67 national and international awards including four Honorary D.Litt Degrees and the title ‘Commander of the Order of Academic Palms’ by the Government of France.[4]

Hon. Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh commented in 2005:
“Like the life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, or indeed the life of our beloved former president, the Late Dr. K.R. Narayanan, the life story of Dr. Jadhav is also a story of change, of great courage, of progress, of hope …… I urge all political leaders and social reformers to read both the autobiography of Dr. Jadhav and his treatise on ‘Re-Emerging India’. We must draw the correct lessons from both. Narendra’s autobiography must shape our social and political vision. It must shape our educational policy. His book on the Indian economy must shape our thinking on economic policy.” [5]

Early life and Education[edit]

Narendra Jadhav was born on 28 May 1953 to a Mahar Dalit family from the village of Ozar (Nashik District) and grew up in Mumbai suburb of Wadala.[6] Jadhav attended Chhabildas High School, Dadar. He completed his BSc in Statistics from Ramnarain Ruia College, University of Mumbai in 1973 and MA in Economics from the University of Mumbai in 1975. He later earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana University, USA in 1986.

Professional career[edit]


As a career economist, Dr Jadhav worked for 31 years with the Reserve Bank of India, and other Central Banks (i.e. Da Afghanistan Bank and National Bank of Ethiopia). He also worked as Adviser in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for over four years. Dr Jadhav took voluntary retirement in October 2008 from the position of Principal Adviser and Chief Economist of the RBI in the rank of Executive Director.

As a professional economist, Dr Jadhav’s contributions include ‘Ambedkar - An Economist Extraordinaire’ (2016), ‘Monetary Policy, Financial Stability and Central Banking in India’ (2006), ‘Re-emerging India - A Global Perspective’ (2005) and ‘Monetary Economics for India’ (1994). All these books are standard sources of reference for advanced study in most Universities in India.

Currently, Dr Jadhav is serving as Chairman, Reserve Bank of India History Advisory Committee.

Vice Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University:

In 2006, Dr Jadhav was appointed as Vice Chancellor of the University of Pune. Within three years, he transformed the University into a vibrant and dynamic centre of excellence and singularly contributed to making it the most favoured destination for foreign students coming to India.

Dr Jadhav took several far-reaching initiatives aimed at improving the access and equity (through “Education Guarantee Scheme” for the underprivileged youth) and quality (through a complete revision of all 484 curricula with involvement of relevant industry), promoting the research environment through innovative financial incentives, and improving the governance (through an ambitious project 'Pune University Network' (PUN), connecting the Main Campus with all 500+ Affiliated colleges using ICT).

Dr Jadhav also launched 'Samarth Bharat Abhiyan' - a comprehensive rural development program involving adoption of one village each by every college, directing the youth power towards constructive social engagement in rural areas.

The vision that Dr Jadhav had articulated and operationalized for Pune University led him to Planning Commission as a Member in-charge of Education, Labour and Employment, and Social Justice and Empowerment (2009–14), and as a Member, National Advisory Council (NAC) (2010-2014).

Member, Planning Commission:

As Member, Planning Commission, Dr Jadhav played an important role in formulating the 12th Five Year Plan, especially in respect of Education and Skill Development.[7]

His contribution to formulation of the ambitious scheme titled Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) as well as for developing the eco-system for Skill Development in India has been recognized. Equally noteworthy is his contribution to social justice through the ’Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan’ (SCSP), ‘Tribal Sub-Plan ‘(TSP) and ‘Assessment and Monitoring Authority’ (AMA) for socio-religious communities.[8]

Member, National Advisory Council (NAC):

As Member, National Advisory Council (NAC) Dr Jadhav’s notable contributions include, inter alia, Formulation of National Food Security Bill, implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009, and empowerment of SC, ST, Minorities and Denotified Nomadic Tribes (DNTs) through education, SC & ST Prevention of Atrocities, Rights of persons with Disabilities, Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) and Abolition of Manual Scavenging.[9][better source needed][10]

Public Policy Expert:

Over the years, Dr Jadhav has authored 31 Official Reports on a wide range of Public Policy issues. These include Reports on ‘Preparation of Perspective Plan for Higher Education’ (Government of Maharashtra, 2015), ‘National Skills Qualification Framework’ (Government of India, 2013), 'Amendments to the Factories Act', 1948 (Government of India, 2012), 'Amendments to the Apprenticeship Act', 1961 (Government of India, 2011) and ‘Vision on Vocational Education and Training’ (Government of India, 2011). Other Reports authored by Dr Jadhav include ‘Farmers’ Suicides’ (Government of Maharashtra 2008), ‘Development Needs of the Ladakh Region’ (Ministry of Home Affairs, 2011) and ‘Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups' (PVTGs) (Government of India, 2013).

Distinguished Professor:

Dr Jadhav has currently been serving as Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi with focused research on the New Education Policy for India. He is also serving as Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at MIT School of Government, Pune teaching a range of Public Policy issues, especially Education, Health, Social Welfare and Economic Growth.

Public Speaking:

Dr Jadhav is an outstanding Public Speaker. He has delivered numerous Memorial Lectures, Convocation Addresses and Guest Lectures in national and international forums aimed at educating the general public - especially the youth and helping build consensus around the ongoing educational and economic reforms in our country.

Member of Parliament[edit]

From April 2016, Dr Jadhav has been nominated as a Member of Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha.[11]


Never a cloistered scholar, Dr Jadhav, has been a prolific writer, in spite of being engaged in Public Service spanning more than four decades. He has written or edited 37 books in three languages – 19 in English, 13 in Marathi, and 5 in Hindi, besides over 300 Research Papers and Articles.
Dr Jadhav is a socially conscientious litterateur. He has written or edited 21 books on Dr Ambedkar – nine in English, eight in Marathi and four in Hindi comprising an intellectual biography, picture biographies, edited speeches, and writings of Dr Ambedkar. These books help establish Dr Ambedkar as an intellectual colossus and truly a national leader and not merely a Dalit icon.
Furthermore, through his trilogy on Rabindranath Tagore comprising an analytical biography, and translation of selected poems, short stories, plays, parodies, articles and speeches, Dr Jadhav comprehensively introduced Gurudev’s treasure trove to the Marathi-speaking readership.

Books written or edited by Dr Jadhav are as follows:

(i) English Books (19)[edit]

  1. BHARAT RATNA DR BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR An Intellectual Colossus, Great National Leader and Universal Champion of Human Rights Photo-Biography (Big Size, pages 154) (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, December 6, 2016)
  2. AMBEDKAR An Economist Extraordinaire (Konark Publishers, New Delhi, August 2015, pages 300) ISBN 9322008636
  3. AMBEDKAR Awakening India’s Social Conscience (Konark Publishers, New Delhi, 2014, pages 640) ISBN 9322008350
  4. AMBEDKAR WRITES Completed Writings of Dr Ambedkar (Edited) (2014) Vol.I : Political Writings ISBN 9322008342
  5. AMBEDKAR WRITES Completed Writings of Dr Ambedkar (Edited) (2014) Vol.II: Scholarly Writings (Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Law, Constitution and Religion)(Konark Publishers, New Delhi, 2013, combined pages for two volumes: 1060) ISBN 9322008342
  6. AMBEDKAR SPEAKS  : 301 Seminal Speeches (Edited) Vol I: Introduction, Autobiography Speeches, Guidance to Followers and Complete Bibliography ISBN 9322008154
  7. AMBEDKAR SPEAKS  : 301 Seminal Speeches (Edited) Vol II: Social, Economic, Religion, Law and Constitution ISBN 9322008154
  8. AMBEDKAR SPEAKS  : 301 Seminal Speeches (Edited) Vol III: Political Speeches (Konark Publishers, New Delhi, combined pages for three volumes: 1630) ISBN 9322008154
  9. Untouchables My Family’s Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India (California University Press, USA 2007 and Simon and Schuster, USA, 2005 pages 307) ISBN 0520252639
  10. Monetary Policy, Financial Stability and Central Banking in India, (Macmillan India Ltd, New Delhi, 2006, pages 430+) ISBN 1403929025
  11. Re-emerging India – A Global Perspective (ICFAI University Press: Hyderabad, 2005, pages 380+) ISBN 8178817969
  12. Outcaste-A Memoir: Life and Triumphs of an Untouchable Family in India (Penguin, India, 2003, pages 280+) ISBN 0670049727
  13. Governors Speak (Edited) (Reserve Bank of India, 1997, pages 350)
  14. CD Deshmukh Memorial Lectures (Edited) (Reserve Bank of India, 1996, pages 240)
  15. Challenges to Indian Banking Competition, Globalization and Financial Markets (Edited) (Macmillan India Ltd, New Delhi, 1996, pages 440+) SBN: 0333930010
  16. Monetary Economics for India (Macmillan India Ltd, New Delhi, 1994, pages 170) SBN: 033392603
  17. Our Father and Us (Children’s Edition, Korean) (Gimmyoung Publishers, Korea 2009, pages 170)
  18. Dr AMBEDKAR Economic Thoughts and Philosophy (Popular Prakashan, Mumbai, 1992, pages 109) ISBN 8171547311
  19. Macroeconomic Investment Management in LDCs - A Social Cost Benefit Approach (Indian University, USA, 1986, pages 240)

(ii) Hindi Books (5)[edit]

  1. Dr AMBEDKAR : Atmakatha Evam Jansanvad (Prabhat Prakashan , New Delhi, April–May 2015 , Pages 300 plus)ISBN 9350485859
  2. Dr AMBEDKAR : Samajik Vichar Evam Darshan (Prabhat Prakashan, New Delhi, April–May 2015 , Pages 300 plus) ISBN 9350485866
  3. Dr AMBEDKAR : Arthik Vichar Evam Darshan (Prabhat Prakashan , New Delhi, April–May 2015 , Pages 300 plus) ISBN 9350485873
  4. Dr AMBEDKAR : Rajneeti, Dharm Aur Sanvidhan Vichar (Prabhat Prakashan , New Delhi, April–May 2015 , Pages 300 plus) ISBN 9350485880
  5. Vishwa Manav RABINDRANATH TAGORE (Prabhat Prakashan , New Delhi, April–May 2015 , Pages 300 plus) ISBN 9351863250

(iii) Marathi Books (13)[edit]

  1. Yugpravartak Mahamanav - Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar (Photo Biography (Big Size, pages 188) published by Brihan Mumbai Mahanagar Palika, April 2016)
  2. Pradnya Surya Dr Ambedkar: Samagra Vyacharik Charitra (Granthali , Mumbai , January 2014, pages 790 plus)
  3. Pradnya Mahamanavachi : Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Samagra Lekhan Karya (Edited) Vol.I : Rajkiya Lekhan
  4. Pradnya Mahamanavachi : Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Samagra Lekhan Karya (Edited) Vol.II : Artha Shastra, Samaj Shastra, Kayda-Sanvidhan Aani Dharma Shastra (Granthali , Mumbai , October 2013, combined pages of Vol I and Vol II: 610 plus )
  5. LASAVI Mazhya Samagra Abhivyakticha (Granthali, Mumbai , Jun 2013, pages 610 plus)
  6. Bol Mahamanavache : 500 Marmabhedi Bhashane (Edited) Vol. I: Atmanivedan, Anuyayi Margadarshan Aani Samagra Suchi
  7. Bol Mahamanavache : 500 Marmabhedi Bhashane (Edited) Vol. II: Samajik, Arthik, Dharmik Aani Kayda - Sanvidhan Vishayak Bhashane
  8. Bol Mahamanavache : 500 Marmabhedi Bhashane (Edited) Vol. III: Rajkiya Bhashane (Granthali, Mumbai, October 2012, combined pages of Vol I, II, and III: 1670)
  9. Ravindranath Tagore : Yuga Nirmata Vishvamanav (Granthali, Mumbai, May 2011, pages 350)
  10. Ravindranath Tagore : Samagra Sahitya Darshan (Granthali, Mumbai, May 2011, pages 310)
  11. Bhaya Shoonya Chitta Jeth : Ravindranathanchya 151 Pratinidhik Kavita (Granthali, Mumbai, Nov 2010, pages 440 plus)
  12. Aamcha Baap Aan Amhi (Granthali, Mumbai, 1993, pages 270)
  13. Dr Ambedkar : Arthik Vichar Aani Tatvadnyan (Sugava Prakashan , Pune , 1992, pages, 110)

International Best Selling Books[edit]

Dr Jadhav’s three autobiographical novels i.e., ‘Aamcha Baap Aan Amhi’ (Marathi, 1993), ‘Outcaste’ (English, 2002) and ‘Untouchables (English, 2005) present deep humanistic values underlying the real life story of the struggle for human dignity by a Dalit family. Aamcha Baap Aan Amhi’ with 199 editions so far has reportedly become the largest selling book in the history of Marathi literature. Moreover, ‘Untouchables’ published in the US and ‘Aamcha Baap Aan Amhi’ have been translated into several Indian languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Urdu, Konkani, and Punjabi (‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ winner), besides French, Spanish, Korean and Thai. In fact, the book is a huge bestseller in French and Korean languages.

The global best –seller ‘ Aamcha Baap Aan Amhi ’ has appeared in the following 15 versions :

  1. Aamcha Baap Aan Amhi Marathi original, Narendra Jadhav , Granthali, 1993.
  2. Amaro Baap Aane Ame , Gujarati, Gangaba Parivar Prakashan, 2002 (Translation : Kishore Gaud )
  3. Damu Aachut Ate Usdi Aulaad Da Jivannama, Punjabi, Unistar Books, 2004.(Translation : Dalbir Singh ) This book got the Sahitya Akademi Award
  4. Asim Hai Asman, Hindi, Rajkamal Prakashan 2005 Translation: Kamlakar Sontakke and Ajay Brahmatmaj
  5. Dhruvnakshatram, Tamil, Academic Press, 2005. Translation: Sumathi
  6. Bahishkruta , Kannada , Navakarnataka, 2005. Translator: Suma Dwarakanath
  7. Sonu, Urdu, Adshot Publishers, 2005, Translator: Mumtaaz Nikhat
  8. Aamcho Baap Aani Aami, Konkani, National Book Trust, 2012, Translator: Hema Nayak
  9. Outcaste A Memoir, English 1, Penguin Viking, 2003, by: Narendra Jadhav ISBN 0670049721
  10. Untouchables, English 2, Simon & Schuster - Scribner, USA 2005 and later by University of California Press, USA 2007, by: Narendra Jadhav ISBN 0520252632
  11. Intouchable, French, Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2002, Translator: Simone Manceau, ISBN 2213640068
  12. Intocable, Spanish, Espasa Hoy, 2004, Translator: Margarita Saenz de la Calzada, ISBN 8467013168
  13. Untouchables, Korean, Gimm - Young Publishers, 2007
  14. Our Father and Us, Korean (Children’s Edition) Gimm- Young Jr Publishers, 2009. Translator: Sun - hee Kim
  15. Untouchables, Thai , Sanskrit Books, 2007

Major Awards and Honours[edit]

International Awards[edit]

  1. Commander of the Order of Academic Palms (Commandar dans lordre des Palmes), Government of France (2011).
  2. Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion Indiana University, USA (2011)
  3. Bharat Jyoti Award by India International Society (2007)
  4. Vishwa-Setu Award for International Peace and Harmony (2005)
  5. Award for Outstanding Contribution to Economic Theory for the Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, USA (1986)


National Awards[edit]

  1. Maharishi Valmiki Rashtriya Samman by Champaran Sanskritik Mahostav Samiti, Motihari, Patna, Bihar (2013)
  2. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Rashtriya Smruti Puraskar, by Marwadi Foundation (2010)
  3. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Award for Excellence in Education Field, by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Mumbai (2009)
  4. Nyayamurti M.G. Ranade Puraskar by Rashtriya Samajik Parishad, Pune (2008)
  5. Swami Vivekanand National Award by Ramkrishna-Vivekananda International Foundation (2007)


State Awards[edit]

1. Four Honorary D.Litt (Honoris Causa) Degrees by,

I. Karnataka State Open University, Mysore (2012)
II. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar (2012)
III. Dr D.Y. Patil Univerity, Pune (2011)
IV. Sido-Kanhu Murmu University, Jharkhand (2011)

2. Late Dr Annasaheb Shinde Smruti Puraskar by Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Sri Rampur, Maharashtra (2013)

3. Na. Ha. Apte Memorial Puraskar for the book Ravindranath Tagore Samagra Jeevan Darshan by Pune Marathi Granthalaya, Pune (2011)

4. Savitribai Phule – Fatima Shaikh Award, Shikshak Bharati, Maharashtra (2010)

5. C.D. Deshmukh Award by Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mumbai, for contribution to economic literacy (1997)

6. Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad Award for the book: Dr. Ambedkar: Economic Thoughts and Philosophy (1993)[14]


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