In the corridors of power, he is referred to as the Chanakya of Congress party strategy. Not surprising for someone who once wrote a column under the Pen name Kautilya, the other name of the Mauryan-era economist and political strategist. Ramesh shot into limelight as one of the key members of Team Narasimha Rao-Manmohan Singh which liberalised the Indian economy in 1991. An acclaimed economist, he has earlier been deputy chairman, Planning Commission, and adviser to the finance minister. During his stint as the Union minister of environment & forests, he pioneered the Green India initiative. He has authored a number of key government reports in area as diverse as energy, technology, capital goods, industrial policy and telecom.