MEGHNAD JAGDISHCHANDRA DESAI, BARON DESAI (born 10 July 1940) is an
Indian -born, naturalised
* 1 Early life * 2 Academic career * 3 Saif Al-Gaddafi thesis * 4 Personal life * 5 Works * 6 References * 7 External links
Currently, he is chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF ) Advisory Board, an independent membership-driven research network. It focuses on global policy and investment themes for off the record public and private sector engagement and analysis.
Previously, he has worked as an Associate Specialist in the
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California,
Berkeley , California. He then became a lecturer at the London School
of Economics in 1965. At the LSE, he taught econometrics ,
He wrote his first book Marxian Economic Theory in 1973 followed by Applied Econometrics in 1976 and Marxian Economics, a revised edition of his 1973 book in 1979. He wrote Testing Monetarism, a critique of monetarism, in 1981.
In the 1970s, he taught an idiosyncratic version of economic principles to freshers at the LSE (starting with Piero Sraffa ).
Desai has written extensively publishing over 200 articles in academic journals and had a regular column in the British radical weekly Tribune during 1985–1994, in the Indian business daily Business Standard (1995–2001) and in Indian Express and Financial Express. From 1984–1991, he was co-editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics . A selection of his academic papers was published in two volumes as The Selected Essays of Meghnad Desai in 1995.
He has been active in the British Labour Party, becoming chairman
between 1986 and 1992, and was made Honorary Lifetime and President of
Islington South and Finsbury
Constituency Labour Party in London. He
was made a life peer as BARON DESAI, of
St Clement Danes
In 2002, Desai's book Marx\'s Revenge : The Resurgence of Capitalism and the Death of Statist Socialism stated that globalisation would tend toward the revival of socialism.
He published a biography of Indian film star
Dilip Kumar entitled
Dilip Kumar in the life of
In 2003, he retired as Director of the Centre for the Study of global governance , which he founded in 1992 at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is now Professor Emeritus. He was Chairman of the Trustee's Board for Training for Life, Chairman of the Management Board of City Roads and on the Board of Tribune magazine. Lord Desai was also a founding member of the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) at the LSE in 1990.
Desai retired from the LSE in 2003. Since then he has published
Rethinking Islamism: Ideology of the New Terror (2006), The Route to
All Evil: The Political Economy of
Lord Desai serves as the founder chairman of the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics at Mumbai
SAIF AL-GADDAFI THESIS
Main article: LSE Libya Links
In 2007 Desai was asked by the University of London to serve with
Tony McGrew of the
University of Southampton
As Desai had already retired from the LSE he had no involvement with the donation from Saif Gaddafi's charity to the LSE. Learning from the press of these links between LSE and Libya, Desai demanded that the money be returned to the people of Libya. He expressed disappointment at a speech Saif Gaddafi subsequently made on Libyan state television declaring the Gaddafi family's willingness to "fight to the last bullet", observing that "he was not behaving as if he had had an LSE education."
Lord (Meghnad) Desai is Chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Advisory Board, an independent financial think tank which serves as a neutral, non-lobbying platform for exchanges among official institutions and private sector counterparties worldwide.
During the course of writing Nehru's Hero, he met Kishwar Ahluwalia (now Kishwar Desai ), his second wife who worked as an editor for this book. On 20 July 2004 the couple married. Desai and 47-year-old Ahluwalia were both divorcees and married at a registrar's office in London.
Desai is an atheist . He is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society .
* 1975, "The Phillips Curve: A Revisionist Interpretation". Economica , February 1975. * 1980, The Keynesian Theory of Investment: A Critique and a Reformulation, AUTE Conference, Durham, 1980. * 1994, "Equilibrium, Expectations and Knowledge", in J. Birner His Legacy in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and the History of Ideas, Routledge 1994. * 2006, The Route of All Evil: The Political Economy of Ezra Pound, Faber ">
* ^ "LN Mittal, Ratan Tata, Narayana Murthy get Padma Vibhushan".
The Times of India. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2008.
* ^ Desai, Meghnad (4 March 2011). "LSE is paying a heavy price for
Saif Gaddafi\'s PhD". The Guardian.
* ^ "LSE director Sir Howard Davies resigns over Libya links". BBC
News. 4 March 2011.
* ^ "Libya unrest: Send back the blood money, says Meghnad Desai".
The Times of India. 6 March 2011.
* ^ London Evening Standard, 22 February 2011 (accessed 25
* ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p36861.htm#i368601
* ^ "Lord Meghnad weds his lady love". The Times of