Sanjaya Baru

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Sanjaya Baru
Secretary General Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Assumed office
1 September 2017
Preceded by Alwyn Didar Singh
Personal details
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).[1] Prior to this, he was Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy at the International Institute of Strategic Studies.[2] 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.[3] 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".[4] Baru has said that he set out to show an empathetic portrait of the prime minister.[5]


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