Parakala Prabhakar is an Indian political economist and social commentator. He served as Communications Advisor, held a cabinet rank position in Andhra Pradesh Government. He is currently the MD of RightFOLIO, a knowledge enterprise based in Hyderabad. He is also a widely-read columnist on current affairs and has a popular Youtube channel, ‘Midweek Matters’, where he discusses issues related to India’s politics, economy and contemporary society. He is married to Nirmala Sitharaman, the present Finance Minister of India. His recent book is titled The Crooked Timber Of New India Essays On A Republic In Crisis.