Niranjan Rajadhyaksha is the former executive editor of Mint. He writes the award-winning Cafe Economics column. Niranjan studied economics at the Mumbai School of Economics, taught the subject for some time, and then moved into financial journalism. He is also a member of the academic board of the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics and a trustee of the Takshashila Institution. His book, The Rise of India, was published globally by John Wiley and Sons (Singapore) in 2007.