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'Dr KSK'

K S Krishnaswamy was, together with M N Srinivas and V K R V Rao, among the foremost intellectuals in social sciences in Karnataka and India. People like “Dr KSK” who retired from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as deputy governor are rare and it is well worth remembering them because it enriches all of us and sets an example for the young to emulate.

He was one of the earlier Indian students to study in the UK at the time of Independence. He returned to India and except for a stint as the executive director of the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank, worked in India throughout. He was one of a small group that included the likes of I G Patel, Arun Ghosh and K N Raj who were associated with the start of the planning process in the Planning Commission in the 1950s. He then moved back to the RBI. In all the positions he held, he served with a quiet distinction. All economic policymakers have a lot to learn from him on how to communicate with non-economists on economic matters. This he did by using a convincing, simple, clear language to interpret the assumptions, descriptions of the economic system and the logical conclusions emerging from all that. Over the years I certainly benefited from his razor-sharp mind and crystal-clear prose.

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