Dr. Narendra Jadhav is a Member of Parliament-Rajya Sabha (nominated by the President of India). Professionally, Dr. Jadhav is an Economist, Educationist, Academic, Administrator and Author in English, Marathi and Hindi.
As an Independent Member of Parliament, Dr Jadhav has carved out a distinct place for himself through his studious interventions in the House and while serving on various Standing Committees (i.e. Finance, Commerce, Information Technology, Social Justice and Empowerment and Welfare of SC/ST), as well as Consultative Committees (i.e, External Affairs, Tourism and Culture).
Holding a Ph.D in Economics from Indiana University, USA, Dr Narendra Jadhav has had an outstanding professional career spanning over four decades in public service. Some of the distinguished positions held by him with distinction, include Member - Planning Commission; Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University; Adviser, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Chief Economist, Reserve Bank of India. Dr Jadhav recently also served as the Chairman, Advisory Committee on RBI History : Volume V (1977-2007).
Having worked as a Distinguished Professor at Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi, Dr Jadhav is currently a Visiting Professor in Ashoka University and in Indian School of Business (ISB); Professor Emeritus - MIT School of Government and a Master in Masters’ Union Business School.
Dr Narendra Jadhav is currently serving as an Independent Director on the Board of Directors of Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL), Tata Tele Maharashtra Ltd (TTML), Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd (JISL) and Sustainable Agro-Commercial Finance Ltd (SAFL).
Dr Narendra Jadhav is a prolific writer in three languages; Marathi, English and Hindi. He has written or edited 41 books-21 in English, 13 in Marathi and 7 in Hindi and has over 300 research papers and articles to his credit, besides 31 official reports on a range of public policy issues in India. Dr Jadhav’s family biography in English: Untouchables (Simon and Schuster, USA) is an international bestseller, translated into 15 languages, including French, Spanish, Korean and Thai. The Marathi original of his family biography – ‘Aamcha Baap Aan Amhi ’ has created history with unprecedented 201 editions. Its Punjabi version received a coveted Sahitya Akademi Award.
A celebrated public figure, Dr. Jadhav is recipient of as many as 70 national and international awards for his contribution to the fields of Economics, Education, Literature. Culture and Social Work. These include four Honorary D.Litt. Degrees and the title of the ‘Commander of the Order of Academic Palmes’ by the Government of France.Dr Narendra Jadhav featured in TIME (October 1997), the National Geographic Journal on "Caste System in India" (March 2004), in International Herald Tribune (2005) and a Cover Story in Readers’ Digest (October 2006).