Covering Amartya Sen

Print edition : October 24, 1998

As early as 1986, Frontline carried a Cover Story on the economics of Amartya Sen (November 29-December 12, 1986). The feature, which was published on the eve of the World Economic Congress in New Delhi, carried a description of his multifaceted contributions to economics as well as a wide-ranging, 6,900-word interview with Sen. In the interview, which was conducted in Helsinki where Sen was a Research Advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), Sen spoke to Frontline on development economics, schools of economic thought and themes in his own work. The article and interview paid specific attention to the connections between economics and philosophy in Sen's work, a theme highlighted in this year's Nobel citation. Sen also spoke to Frontline about Maurice Dobb, the teacher whom he considers a major influence on his work.

Since then Frontline has featured articles by and about Amartya Sen on many occasions. Frontline has published four essays by Sen. Two of them were "Hunger and Entitlements - Research for Action" (April 2, 1988) and "Authoritarianism vs Cooperation - Perspective on Population Policy" (October 7, 1995). Two others appeared in Frontline's Special Issue on the 50th anniversary of India's Independence (August 22, 1997) and were titled "How India has fared" and "Reasoning and Freedom - If Tagore were to see India today". He also spoke to Frontline for a feature published after the death of his teacher Bhabatosh Datta (January 25, 1997). Frontline has carried articles on awards that Sen has received (April 5, 1997), on his leadership of the American Economic Association (January 29, 1994) and on his appointment as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge (July 12, 1997).

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