Jawhar Sircar (India)
Born in Calcutta in 1952, Jawhar Sircar is currently the Secretary of the Ministry of Culture of India. After earning a master’s in both history and sociology, after a specialization in political science at Presidency College, he later studied at the universities of Sussex and Cambridge (UK) as well as in New York.
After joining the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1975 in West Bengal, he held several important positions, before moving on to the federal government in New Delhi as Director in the Ministry of Commerce. In 2000, Sircar was selected as the youngest ever Secretary for the Department of Commerce and Industries. He has served as Special Secretary and Commissioner of Taxes in the Government of West Bengal.
After working in the field of finance, trade and industry for 17 years, Jawhar Sircar joined the Government of the India in New Delhi in 2006, as additional Secretary and Commissioner for the development for micro, small and medium sized enterprises. Fascinated by history and sociology, Sircar has published several articles papers on these subjects. His monograph on ‘The Construction of the Hindu Identity’, was well received in India and abroad. He has been actively involved with many cultural and academic bodies, like the Asiatic Society and the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art. He has been associated with the Kolkata Book Fair since its inception. From the late 1990s, he also took the lead in upgrading the annual Kolkata Film Festival to a recognized event of international standards.