The writer, a Nobel laureate in economics, is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University
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: 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.
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.
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'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
There is little cogent or visionary opposition to the decimation of India’s secular and tolerant tradition
We have a tradition of tolerance and plurality. But we — and the courts — have to work hard to preserve it
The pervasive elitism of higher education institutions has to be challenged. But their further decimation must also be resisted.
Unlike India,China did not miss the lesson of Asian economic development,about the economic returns that come from bettering human lives
Amartya Sen speaks to Mihir S. Sharma about his new book,his disagreement with John Rawlss ideally just society and Indias policy engineers