16 June, 2021

Delhi Diary

Nothing has been more diverting and entertaining in the past few weeks than the Amartya Sen-Jagdish Bhagwati punch-up

Delhi Diary
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Nobel-Challenged

Nothing has been more diverting and entertaining in the past few weeks than the Amartya Sen-Jagdish Bhagwati punch-up. Played across three continents, it has all the gravitas of a Katrina Kaif-Priyanka Chopra Bollywood tiff. The details need not detain us, but for those living on Mars, here is a summary. Some years ago, Prof Sen won the Nobel for Economics and Prof Bhagwati didn’t. And till date hasn’t. Although Bhagwati lobbies for it ferociously and although he considers himself to be a better economist than Sen, the folks who matter refuse to consider his petition. For this reason, Bhagwati and Sen avoid getting into the elevator together.

Meanwhile, Prof Bhagwati at least once a week challenges Prof Sen to pistols at dawn. Till now, Sen’s refused the invitation. This gives Bhagwati an opportunity to accuse Sen of...

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