Bimal Jalan was Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1997 to 2003 and a nominated member of Rajya Sabha in Parliament from 2003-2009. Earlier he was Finance Secretary, and Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister. He also represented India on the Boards of the IMF and the World Bank, and is currently Chairman, Expenditure Management Commission.
Bimal Jalan has been associated with a number of academic institutions including the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata; the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram as Chairman; and as President of National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi.
His books on India include India's Economic Crisis: The Way Ahead (1991), India’s Economic Policy: Preparing for the Twenty-first Century (1996), India's Economy in the New Millennium (2002), the Future of India: Politics, Economics and Governance (2005), India Politics: A view from the Backbench (2007) Emerging India: Economics, Politics & Reforms (2012), and Politics Trumps Economics: The Interface of Economics and Politics in Contemporary India (Edited, 2014).
His two earlier publications include Problems and Policies in Small Economies (Croom Helm, London 1982) and Essays in Development Policy (Macmillan, 1975).