Academician, administrator, politician and author, Nitish Sengupta studied at Presidency College, Kolkata, winning a gold medal for his master’s in history. He began his career as assistant professor of history and joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1957. He held key posts in the Union government including revenue secretary and member-secretary, Planning Commission. After completing his doctorate in management from Delhi University, he lectured at several universities and leading management schools in the country. After his retirement, he was director-general of the International Management Institute, New Delhi. Nitish Sengupta has represented India at various UN bodies and was elected chairman of the UN Commission on Transnational Corporations. He joined politics in 1996 and was elected to the Thirteenth Lok Sabha, where he served as member of several key committees, notably the Public Accounts Committee. He was also general secretary, All India Trinamool Congress. Currently, he holds the position of chairman, Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises, New Delhi. He has been a regular columnist in leading dailies and is the author of twelve books, including several related to management. As a historian, his well-known works are History of the Bengali-speaking People, Dr B.C. Roy, Biography and Bengal Divided. He has also authored Unshackling of Indian Industry, Government and Business, Inside the Steel Frame and My Times—A Civil Servant Remembers.