The Indian Economy Blog


Amit Varma is a Mumbai based writer who is best known for his blog, India Uncut, which won IndiBlog of the Year at the 2005 Indibloggies. He is a columnist for Mint, and his column, Thinking it Through, appears every Thursday. He has also contributed to the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Wisden, the Observer and several Indian publications.

Arjun Swarup: Arjun is an aspiring economist with an interest in international economics and development economics. An engineer by education, he worked in India during 2006, at the India Brand Equity Foundation, an organization aiming at building positive economic perceptions of India globally. He currently works as a business analyst in financial services in Virginia. Arjun is a contributor to the Indian Economy blog, as well as writing on his own blog. He also contributes articles to regular journals on an ad-hoc basis. Arjun has a B.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University.

Atanu Dey is a development economist with interests in education, information technology, and rural development. He is Chief Economist and Senior VP at NetCore Solutions, Mumbai. Previously he worked for Hewlett Packard Company in the Silicon Valley in product marketing. He was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University 2001-02. He received his PhD in economics from UC Berkeley, his MS in Computer Sciences from Rutgers University, his MTech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, and his BE in Mechanical Engineering from Nagpur University. 

Gaurav Sabnis is a doctoral candidate in Marketing at the Penn State University. After his engineering and MBA, he worked for IBM sales & marketing in Mumbai before shifting to academics. He is a guest contributor to UEB and he also blogs at Vantage Point.

Nandan Desai is an aspiring economist and venture capitalist. He has worked in the private equity industry since finishing his economics degree at the University of Chicago 5 years ago. He is also actively involved in the US-India Buiness Council, and has previously worked as a journalist (Newsweek) and a macroeconomic consultant. After spending the past 15 years of his life as an NRI between Geneva and New York, Nandan is in the midst of relocating to Mumbai to join a startup, Asia-focussed private equity fund. 
He can be reached at nandandesai-at-gmail-dot-com.

Prashant Kothari: Prashant is an entrepreneur and the founder of String Real Estate Information Services, a firm that offers outsourcing services to the American real estate industry. Prashant shuttles between his offices in Washington, DC and Chennai so often that he isn’t sure where home is – Washington, Chennai or Lufthansa. He’s a regular speaker at mortgage industry conferences in America. Prashant’s past lives have included diamond trading, jewelry manufacturing & mortgage derivatives trading. He’s the founder of the Indian Economy Blog and was an avid blogger in his own right, at Inside Outside, once upon a time. You can reach him at

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri: Pramit is the Senior Editor of The Hindustan Times and was recently the 2006-7 Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society New York. He was previously the paper’s foreign editor and, earlier, an editorial writer for The Telegraph and The Statesman of Calcutta. He specializes in India’s international security and economic policy.

Over the past several years he has been a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland – College Park; media fellow at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy; South Asia fellow at the Henry Stimson Centre in Washington DC, and a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s South Asia department. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Liberty Institute of New Delhi, the International Institute for Strategic Studies UK, the Asia Society International Council and the Aspen Institute Italia.

Last year, he was made an Indian delegate to the Indo-US Strategic Dialogue. He also serves as a Senior Associate for the Rhodium Group.

He has a BA in history from Cornell University and was born in Calcutta in 1964.

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