In the first part of our Shining Light on The Truth interview series, we had the pleasure of interviewing former Indian Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha.
Mr Sinha is a former Indian Administrative Service officer, having spent 24 years holding several important positions in his tenure. He then left the IAS to join politics and has served as Finance Minister under two Prime Ministers, Mr Chandra Shekhar and Mr Vajpayee. He has been widely credited for pushing through major reform measures that put the Indian economy on a strong growth trajectory, including lowering real interest rates, freeing up the telecommunications sector, helping fund the National Highways Authority, and deregulating the petroleum industry. Furthermore, Mr Sinha was also Minister of External Affairs between 2002-04.
The Government of France honoured him with the highest French civilian distinction of Officier de la Légion d’Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) for his work as Union Minister across portfolios and furthering Indo-French ties.
In this conversation,
we discussed Indian politics, social climate under the Modi government, policy prescriptions on kickstarting the economy, and a potential urban safety net for migrant workers.