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Saturday, March 06, 2021

Amartya Sen

The writer, a Nobel laureate in economics, is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University

‘Huge numbers may be pushed into dire poverty or starvation…we need to secure them’
Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Amartya Sen, Raghuram Rajan, Abhijit Banerjee write: The unexpected loss of income and savings can have serious consequences, even if the meals are secured for now: farmers need money to buy seeds and fertilizer for the next planting season; shopkeepers need to decide how they will fill their shelves again

Amartya Sen writes: Overcoming a pandemic may look like fighting a war, but the real need is far from that
Wed, Apr 08, 2020

Amartya Sen writes: Tackling a social calamity is not like fighting a war which works best when a leader can use top-down power to order everyone to do what the leader wants — with no need for consultation. In contrast, what is needed for dealing with a social calamity is participatory governance and alert public discussion.

The isolationist view of the progress of knowledge is fundamentally defective
Wed, Jan 08, 2020

Divisions, tensions and violence between groups and sects that political separatists promote not only damage our social lives, but also work as barriers to intellectual progress within as well as across nations.

Democracy demands more than the counting of votes
Wed, May 29, 2019

Winning cannot be the only concern in fighting an election. It makes a big difference how the winners are viewed in the post-election world.

Karl Marx 2.00
Sat, May 05, 2018

Karl Marx's philosophy has often been narrowly defined as ideas being determined by economic conditions. In the bicentennial of his birth, it is important to recognise his focus on the two-way nature of that relationship

Towards unfreedom
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

There is little cogent or visionary opposition to the decimation of India’s secular and tolerant tradition

Dissent and freedom in India: Full text of Amartya Sen’s lecture
Sat, Feb 13, 2016

We have a tradition of tolerance and plurality. But we — and the courts — have to work hard to preserve it

Conversations with Tavleen Singh and Pratap Mehta
Sun, Jul 19, 2015

The pervasive elitism of higher education institutions has to be challenged. But their further decimation must also be resisted.

India,China and a growing gap
Fri, Jun 21, 2013

Unlike India,China did not miss the lesson of Asian economic development,about the economic returns that come from bettering human lives

‘Progressive people in India spend too much time on perfect-world issues’
Sat, Aug 08, 2009

Amartya Sen speaks to Mihir S. Sharma about his new book,his disagreement with John Rawls’s ideally just society and India’s policy engineers

West is West, East is east and ever the twain have met
Tue, Jun 11, 2002

I knew Daniel Pearl a little. He came to a talk of mine in Paris about two years ago, and we chatted afterwards. He knew then that he was so...