Patna, February 4: Nobel
Laureate Professor Amartya Sen was at the Asian Development Research Institute
(ADRI) here on Monday to release a book - Resurrection of the State: A Saga of
Bihar - edited by Dr Sunita Lall and Dr Shaibal Gupta.
the book, Professor Sen said the choice of the word ‘Resurrection' is quite apt
in the context of this book and recalled the great traditions of Nalanda. Bihar's
resurrection is significant for the whole country, said Professor Sen.
Singh, Member of Parliament, in his presidential address said there could not
be a better tribute to Papiya Ghosh than getting a book in her memory released
by Amartya Sen. The parliamentarian also praised the state for its performance
on various human development indicators.
Sabha Speaker Uday Narain Choudhary and Education Minister Prashant Kumar Shahi
and Lord Meghnad Desai were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
book, published by Manak Publishing House, Delhi is an edited volume written in
memory of Professor Papiya Ghosh who taught History at Patna University during
1990s. Her brutal murder on December 3, 2006 had sent huge shock waves across
about the book, Dr Sunita Lall said: "Eminent scholars who have an abiding
interest in the affairs of the state, its history, its future, and faith in the
revival of Bihar have contributed to this volume. A proper understanding of how
the state has changed over the past couple of years needs some deconstruction
and this book, I am sure, will prove handy in this task."
on themes as wide-ranging as politics, society and economy of the state have
been incorporated in the volume. The book is divided into broadly two sections
- the first being a collection of four pieces on the life and times of Papiya
Ghosh, the second one consists of 13 engaging chapters that present a detailed
account of the political process, state of economy, social agenda and issues of
identity in Bihar. A promising volume and a must-have, what appears to a large
cross-section of intelligentsia, the book is now on the shelves.
Prabhat P Ghosh of ADRI welcomed the guests and Tuktuk Ghosh gave vote of
thanks on the occasion.
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