Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar (born 12 October 1942) is a prominent Indian journalist and columnist. He is consulting editor for the Economic Times and writes regularly for the Economic Times and The Times of India. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, Washington DC. His elder brother, Mani Shankar Aiyar is a senior Congress leader.

Early life

Aiyar was born to V. Shankar Aiyar, a chartered accountant and Bhagyalakshmi Shankar. His elder brother, Mani Shankar Aiyar is a politician and served as Minister for Panchayati Raj in the previous Indian government.

An alumnus of Welham Boys' School and The Doon School and St Stephen's College, University of Delhi, he earned a master's degree in economics from Magdalen College, Oxford.[2]


He is also a research fellow at the Cato Institute,[3] a prominent libertarian think-tank in Washington DC, and an occasional consultant to the World Bank.

He previously served as editor of The Economic Times (1992–94), Financial Express (1988–90) and Eastern Economist (1980–82).

Swaminathan Aiyar writes a popular weekly column titled "Swaminomics" in the Times of India, where he discusses economic and political issues pertaining to India and the world. Aiyar has prepared several reports and papers for the World Bank. In 1976–85 and 1990–98, he was also the India correspondent of The Economist.

He has two books to his credit: Towards Globalisation (1992) and Swaminomics: Escape from the Benevolent Zookeepers (2008).

He is currently consulting editor of The Economic Times, India's leading financial daily that is part of Bennett, Coleman & Co, the same company that owns The Times of India.

Personal life

Anklesaria, Mr Aiyar's second name is taken from his present wife's maiden name and he claims to have taken on this name to exhibit some sort of equality where men will take on their wives names if wives take on their husbands. His second and present wife, Shahnaz Anklesaria, is a Parsi.

Aiyar has three children: Pallavi Aiyar, Shekhar Aiyar, and Rustam Aiyar from his previous marriage with Gitanjali Aiyar (Ambegaokar) (Doordarshan news reader of 80s). He is an atheist.[4]