Sunil Jain is Managing Editor, The Financial Express. His weekly column, Rational Expectations, focuses on macro-economic issues as well as on sectoral areas like infrastructure and the need for structural solutions as compared
to the piecemeal interventions that take place today in areas like power and oil. Over the past several years, Sunil has written extensively on issues like regulatory capture, giving details of faulty decisions by the telecom as well as various electricity regulators across the country, as well as on other policy gaffes such as reservations being contemplated in the education sector as well as in employment, for minorities as well as other so-called disadvantaged groups.
Prior to this, Sunil was Assistant Managing Editor of Financial Express where, apart from the opinion pages, he was in charge of policy-related news. Before joining FE, he was Senior Associate Editor of Business Standard where he also looked after its opinion pages.
After finishing his Masters from the Delhi School of Economics in 1986, Sunil began his career as a consultant conducting market surveys and techno-economic feasibility reports; he did this for four years and then moved to FICCI where has was in charge of the export policy desk for a little over a year.
He then moved to journalism where he has spent nearly two decades so far. After starting his journalistic career as a reporter in India Today magazine in 1991, he was the magazine's Business Editor for a year, and then moved on to heading all business and economy coverage for The Indian Express. After working for six years in the Express, he worked with Business Standard for 8 years, and is now with The Financial Express.
Sunil appears regularly on all mainline television channels in the country, and also came out with a short daily data-capsule called Express Insight for CNBC for several months. He's written a weekly column in the largest Hindi newspaper, Dainik Bhaskar, for over six months. Sunil was responsible for writing up two books based on the results of NCAER's latest annual household survey - while The Great Indian Middle Class focused on income levels across the country, The Great Indian Market focused on the buying behaviour of consumers. His new book which focuses on the income and expenditure patterns across various caste groups in the country, with a view to determine what causes the difference in income/expenditure patterns across caste groups, hit the stands in July 2010.
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