Sanjaya Baru

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Sanjaya Baru
Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India
In office
May 2004 – August 2008
Secretary General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
In office
1 September 2017 – 17 April 2018
Preceded byAlwyn Didar Singh
Succeeded byDilip Chenoy
Editor of Business Standard
In office
Preceded byT.N Ninan
Succeeded byAshok K Bhattacharya
Personal details
FatherB. P. R. Vithal
EducationJawaharlal Nehru University

Sanjaya Baru is a political commentator and policy analyst. He served as Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) until his resignation in April 2018.[1] Prior to this, he was Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy at the International Institute of Strategic Studies.[2] He was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's media advisor and chief spokesperson (PMO) from May 2004 until August 2008.[3] He has also served as associate editor at The Economic Times and The Times of India, and then chief editor at Business Standard. His father B. P. R. Vithal was Finance and Planning Secretary during Dr. Manmohan Singh's tenure as Secretary of Finance in the Government of India.[4][5]

The Accidental Prime Minister[edit]

In April 2014, Penguin India published The Accidental Prime Minister, Baru's tell-all memoir about his time at the Prime Minister's Office. In it, Baru alleges that the prime minister was completely subservient to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who wielded significant influence in the running of the Singh administration, including the PMO itself. The book sparked off a controversy, with the office officially denouncing it as "fiction".[6] Baru has said that he set out to show an empathetic portrait of the prime minister.[7]


  • The Political Economy of Indian Sugar: State Intervention and Structural Change (1990)
  • Strategic consequences of India's economic performance (2006)
  • The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh
  • 1991: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Made History by Sanjaya Baru (2016)
  • India and the World: Essays on Geoeconomics and Foreign Policy (2016)
  • India's Power Elite (2021)

In popular culture[edit]

Based on Baru's book The Accidental Prime Minister Rudra Production Limited and Pen Studios released a film of the same name in January 2019 in which he has been portrayed by Akshay Khanna.[8]


  1. ^ "Sanjaya Baru new secretary general of Ficci". Economic Times. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Sanjaya Baru. Penguin India. Retrieved on 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ Ex-PM Manmohan's media advisor Sanjaya Baru becomes Ficci secretary-general. Business Standard. Retrieved on 28 Dec 2018.
  4. ^ "sanjaya baru - profile". Archived from the original on 15 May 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Gupta, Gargi (13 April 2014). "Did Prime Minister Manmohan Singh use Sanjay Baru's book to set record straight?". DNA India. Retrieved 17 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Anu Anand. "Indian PM Manmohan Singh 'not in charge', new book claims". The Guardian. 11 April 2014.
  7. ^ Ritu Sarin. "Sanjaya Baru interview: 'I have written only 50% of what I know'". The Indian Express. 12 April 2014.
  8. ^ "The Accidental Prime Minister Official Trailer Releasing January 11 2019". YouTube. Pen Movies on YouTube. Retrieved 28 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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