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Amartya Sen Releases Book On Bihar At ADRI


From 04-02-2013 To 04-02-2013

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.

Releasing 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. 

NK 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.

Vidhan Sabha Speaker Uday Narain Choudhary and Education Minister Prashant Kumar Shahi and Lord Meghnad Desai were among the dignitaries present on the occasion. 

The 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 the state. 

Talking 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."

Discussions 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. 

Professor Prabhat P Ghosh of ADRI welcomed the guests and Tuktuk Ghosh gave vote of thanks on the occasion.    

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