The Starkness Of It

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The Starkness Of It
These essays selected from the Calcutta Diary column, appearing in the Economic and Political Weekly over the years 1986 to 1993, owed their origin to the gentle persuasion of Krishna Raj. He edited the journal for the span of three and a half decades with great imagination and made it what it is today. His death in 2004 has taken away the flavour of life for many of us. I must also remember the enthusiasm for these pieces on the part of Padma Prakash, who held an important editorial position in the journal during that period. Bernard D'Mello, currently deputy editor of the EPW, who, for weeks on end, stayed back after office hours, trudged through old issues of the journal, and put together the selection; I cannot thank him enough. Finally, two friends from different spheres, Prabhat Patnaik and M.J. Akbar, have been ardent readers of whatever I wrote. They will perhaps feel hurt if I try to thank them.'
About the Author
Ashok Mitra, economist and political activist, has straddled several careers. He was professor of economics at the Indian Statistical Institute and the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and was on the faculty of the Economic Development Institute in Washington, DC. He was subsequently chairman, Agricultural Prices Commission, and chief economic adviser to the Government of India. Still later, he was finance and planning minister in West Bengal and a member of the Rajya Sabha. He also happens to be an essayist in English as well as Bengali, and has received the Sahitya Akademi award for contributions to Bengali literature. He contributed, off and on, for more than three decades, to the widely-read Calcutta Diary column in the Economic and Political Weekly, and continues to write a column, Cutting Corners, for The Telegraph, Calcutta. His Bengali memoirs have recently been made available in English as A Prattler's Tale, and have attracted attention.
TitleThe Starkness Of It
Author NameAshok Mitra
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2008
Total No. of Pages350
Weight0.6 KGS
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