Author of bestsellers The Deal Maker, Going Abroad and India, The 3rd World, Why?
Born in Kolkata, India, Mr. Rakesh Wadhwa is a passionate believer in capitalism and free markets from school days. A Chartered Accountant, with a bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from Delhi University, he has written some interesting books viz. ‘Going Abroad’, published by Vision Books in India and ‘India, The 3rd World, Why?’, Published by IMH, New Delhi. ‘India, The 3rd World, Why?’ was sold nationwide in the 90’s and in the US by ‘Laissez Faire Books’. He has also co-authored ‘The Joy of Gambling’, published by The Liberty Institute in India. He has been a fan of Milton Friedman, author of the famous “Free to Choose”.
Rakesh Wadhwa has a regular column called ‘Taking Stock’, which appears every Monday on the business page of ‘The Himalayan Times’, Nepal’s leading English daily. His articles have appeared in the Economic Times (India), Times of India, Daily News (Sri Lanka), Asian Age, & Fresno Bee (US). He also writes for and is the advisor to the ‘Boss’, Nepal’s foremost English business and management monthly. He is the only person in the world to be nominated four times in the top slots for the Frederic Bastiat prize, which is a journalism award, given annually by the International Policy Network, UK; he was the first runner up in 2006. He is member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and international free market organization, Rotary Club and Toastmasters Club. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and international free market organization, Rotary Club and Toastmasters Club.
Ever since, Rakesh Wadhwa was a school boy, he knew India was on the wrong path. Socialism was just not what was needed to get ahead. Government controlled travel; government controlled people’s ability to buy and sell; and government controlled the freedom to move money. His life has therefore focused on the inherent rights people have. When he was in college, he never understood, what the governments meant by their ‘socialistic attitude’. He is of the belief that “If people are free to buy, sell and move their capital themselves without any restrictions by state, then the welfare of people is inevitable & hence the countries they live in will become wealthy. The government has no right whatsoever, to point a finger at me or my business.”
Through his latest book “The Dealmaker,” Rakesh Wadhwa is once again propagating his free market theory, which he firmly believes in. In this book he once again brings to the fore the four institutional pillars of a free society – Individual Rights, Rule of Law, Limited Government and Free Market. The book talks about how governments should empower people by harnessing the power of the market.