I joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1982 in the Haryana cadre. The IAS is the permanent senior civil service of India with the most competitive entrance examination in the world – hundreds of thousands of applicants appear in a series of exams and an interview over the course of one full year, and around 100 are successful each year.
After marriage to a fellow officer I chose to move to Assam. In the IAS I worked in various capacities, including as Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta district, Professor of Management at Lal Bahadur National Academy of Administration and Commissioner to the State Government of Meghalaya in the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India.
Resignation 1 – from the corrupt, socialist Indian government
After realising that India’s governance system is foundationally corrupt and incompetent, and reviewing the causes of this failure, I switched focus from February 1998 to reforming India’s governance through the political process. That led me to resign from the IAS in January 2001 when I left for Australia after my initial attempts to form a liberal party failed.
Resignation 2 – from the Victorian government that created a Police State in 2020
Since March 2001 I worked in Government agencies in Melbourne – first as an executive till 2005 at the Victorian WorkCover Authority, then as an economist in the Department of Treasury and Finance in Victoria.
I resigned as an economist in the Treasury on 9 September 2020 to protest the violations of human rights and the Police State created by the Daniel Andrews government. [My 16 September 2020 article in Australian Financial Review, my October 2020 book, The Great Hysteria and the Broken State, my 68,000 word complaint to the International Criminal Court, my 30 December 2020 article in The Australian]
Citizenship: I’m an Australian citizen since late 2005 along with Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI). The OCI is a residency right in (most parts of) India without any voting right or a right to contest elections. The Swarna Bharat Party‘s constitution, approved by the Election Commission of India, gives OCIs the right to be an honorary member. I am therefore a founding (honorary) member of the party, and its Overseas Coordinator.
I was a National Science Talent Scholar in 1976. In 1979 I topped my university in B.Sc. (Hons, Maths) with Physics and Chemistry. I obtained two MAs in economics in 1986 (from Panjab University) and 1995 (from USA), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business in 1993 from Curtin University in Australia.
In 1999 I obtained a doctorate in economics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. (See more details – including copies of certificates.)
I formed the India Policy Institute in 1998, Freedom Team of India in 2007 and Liberal Party of India in 2005. I joined Sharad Joshi’s Swatantra Bharat Party in 2004 but resigned in 2005 and later, in 2013, jointly founded Swarna Bharat Party. (Refer to my April 2017 Times of India article regarding this party.)
Socialist Indian governments have created the hugely skewed incentives that continue to underpin India’s Third World conditions including low productivity and dire poverty. Without fundamental governance reforms, any economic reforms that were implemented since 1991 cannot fully succeed, either. This governance system needs to be totally overhauled.