|Secretary General Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry|
Assumed office |
1 September 2017
|Preceded by||Alwyn Didar Singh|
|Father||B. P. R. Vithal|
|Education||Centre for Development Studies|
Sanjaya Baru is a political commentator and policy analyst, currently serving as Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Prior to this, he was Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. 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.
He was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's media advisor and chief spokesperson from May 2004 until August 2008. In April 2014, Penguin India published The Accidental Prime Minister, Baru's tell-all memoir about his time at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). 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 PMO officially denouncing it as "fiction". Baru has said that he set out to show an empathetic portrait of the prime minister.
- "Sanjaya Baru new secretary general of Ficci". Economic Times. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
- Sanjaya Baru. Penguin India. Retrieved on 14 April 2014.
- Sanjaya Baru: Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy. International Institute of Strategic Studies. Retrieved on 12 April 2014.
- Anu Anand. "Indian PM Manmohan Singh 'not in charge', new book claims". The Guardian. 11 April 2014.
- Ritu Sarin. "Sanjaya Baru interview: 'I have written only 50% of what I know'". The Indian Express. 12 April 2014.