Swaminathan Aiyar

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Swaminathan Aiyar
Born Swaminathan Shankar Anklesaria Aiyar
(1939-10-12) October 12, 1939 (age 79)
Akola, Maharashtra, India
Education Welham Boys' School
The Doon School
St. Stephen's College, Delhi
Magdalen College, Oxford
Occupation Journalist, writer, columnist
Notable credit(s) Swaminomics
Children 3, including Pallavi Aiyar

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar (born 12 October 1939) is an Indian journalist and columnist. He is consulting editor for the Economic Times and writes regularly for the Economic Times and The Times of India. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute. He is the elder brother of Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is a senior Congress leader.

Early life[edit]

Aiyar was born to V. Shankar Aiyar, a chartered accountant, and Bhagyalakshmi Shankar. His younger brother, Mani Shankar Aiyar is a politician and served as Minister for Panchayati Raj in the previous Indian government.

An alumnus of Welham Boys' School,[1] The Doon School,[2] and St Stephen's College, University of Delhi, he earned a master's degree in economics from Magdalen College, Oxford.[3]


He is a research fellow at the Cato Institute,[4] a libertarian think tank in Washington D.C., and an occasional consultant to the World Bank.

He previously served as editor of The Economic Times (1992–94), Financial Express (1988–90) and Eastern Economist (1980–82).

Aiyar writes a weekly column titled "Swaminomics" in the Times of India, where he discusses economic and political issues pertaining to India and the world. Aiyar has prepared several reports and papers for the World Bank. In 1976–85 and 1990–98, he was also the India correspondent of The Economist.

He has written two books: Towards Globalisation (1992) and Swaminomics: Escape from the Benevolent Zookeepers (2008).

He is currently consulting editor of The Economic Times, India's leading financial daily that is part of Bennett, Coleman & Co, the same company that owns The Times of India.

Personal life[edit]

Aiyar has three children: Pallavi Aiyar, Shekhar Aiyar, and Rustam Aiyar from his previous marriage with Gitanjali Aiyar. He is an atheist.[5]


  • Towards Globalisation (1992)
  • Swaminomics: Escape from the Benevolent Zookeepers (2008)


  1. ^ From Its Golden Jubilee To Its Diamond Jubilee (Aiyar,Swaminathan) p.158
  2. ^ The Doon School Old Boys' Society Register (Aiyar, Swaminathan Tata House) p.45
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar". Cato Institute. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
  5. ^ Aiyar, Swaminathan (12 February 2006). "A liberal atheist demands respect". Times of India. Retrieved 2008-10-31.

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