Jayanthi Natarajan is a Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, and a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, where she is a representative of Tamil Nadu. She started her career as a lawyer in Chennai. In keeping with her interests in social issues and women's rights, she has done pro bono work for a number of social organisations such as the All India Women's Conference. Her entry into politics came in the early 80s as a member of the Indian National Congress, for which she has, in the past, also been a party spokesperson.

Jayanthi Natarajan will participate in a panel discussion — Accidental India: An Economic History of Modern India — in Delhi on February 6, 2013, on the economic history of modern India with Bibek Debroy, Shankkar Aiyar and Brinda Karat. Siddharth Varadarajan will moderate the discussion.

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