Loading Events
  • This event is over. However, time travel possible through our Audio & Video! See upcoming events

Speakers

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Professor of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University
Director, School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University
Moderator

Date & Time

Monday Mon, 19 Feb 2024

Tags

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

The word ‘charaiveti’, from an ancient Sanskrit hymn,  means ‘keep moving’, in search of self-realization. The Indian economist and public intellectual Pranab Bardhan invokes this in a narrative of his personal and professional journey. 

From his beginnings in a poor neighbourhood in Kolkata  and the idyllic days in Santiniketan, to being home schooled by his father, followed by a vigorous student life at Presidency College, Kolkata, and in Cambridge University, England, Bardhan rose to becoming one of the foremost development economists in the world. After serving on  the faculty of MIT, Indian Statistical Institute and Delhi School of Economics, he finally settled at the University of California, Berkeley.

In the process he interacted closely with the likes of James Meade, Joan Robinson, Paul  Samuelson, Robert Solow, James Mirrlees, Joseph Stiglitz, George Akerlof, Jerry Cohen, Jon Elster, P.C. Mahalanobis, Sachin Chaudhuri, Amartya Sen, T.N. Srinivasan, K.N. Raj, Ashok Rudra, Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri, Sukhamoy Chakravarty, Ashis Nandy and Romila Thapar.  

In this memoir, he provides an account of his richly varied and widely travelled life, interwoven with thoughtful comments on politics and society both in India  and abroad, and on some major strands of international  intellectual debates. These accounts are enlivened by a profusion of stories, anecdotes and amusing incidents, and  draw copiously from his interests in literature and films. Charaiveti is more than just a memoir, it is a sharp-eyed look at where we have been.

In this session, he discusses his life and work with Arjun Jayadev and Rosa Abraham.

Speakers

Pranab Bardhan

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Pranab Bardhan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata and Cambridge University, England. He had been at the faculty of MIT, Indian Statistical Institute and Delhi School of Economics before joining Berkeley. He has been Visiting Professor/Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and London School of Economics. He held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena, Italy in 2008-9. He was the BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011.

He got the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982. The Degree of DSC (Honoris Causa) was awarded to him by Indian Statistical Institute In 2013.

He is the author of 17 books and editor of 14 other books, and author of more than 150 journal articles including in leading Economics journals (like American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Economic Journal, American Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Oxford Economic Papers, etc.).

Rosa Abraham

Professor of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University

Rosa is Assistant Professor of Economics at the School of Arts and Sciences at Azim Premji University. Her research focuses on informal work and women’s employment with particular interest in issues at the intersection of labour statistics and women’s work.  She is a part of the Centre for Sustainable Employment, a research centre at Azim Premji University, and has been an author in its flagship State of Working India reports. She was a member of the Kerala State Planning Board 2021 sub-committee on Women and Employment.

Arjun Jayadev

Director, School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University

Arjun Jayadev is a Professor of Economics and the Director at the School of Arts and Sciences at Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. He is a Senior Economist at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He has also worked as an Associate Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts (UMass), Boston, as a Fellow at Roosevelt Institute, New York, USA & as a Research Fellow at the Columbia University Committee on Global Thought, New York, USA . His research interests are economics & development, with focus across multiple areas such as, macroeconomics (especially issues of debt, balance sheets, the political economy of finance and central banking and macroeconomic policy choices), income distribution and inequality (classical approaches to distribution, and group based inequalities), intellectual property, and the economics of power. He has won numerous awards for his research.