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Amartya Sen, Indian American Noble Laureate

Amartya Sen is a world renowned Indian economist who won the Nobel prize  in Economic Sciences in 1998 for his contributions to welfare economics.  

The 1933 born, 81-year old Nobel laureate was the first person to measure gendercide --​ the number of women "missing" in the world due to female infanticide, sex-selective 

abortion, gross neglect of girls, needless and preventable maternal death, and (for older women) unequal access to access food and shelter. In 1990, using data from the world census, he calculated that an astonishing 100 million women were missing from the world population.

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Regarded as one of the world’s foremost thinkers, Sen was featured on Time Magazine’s list of “World’s 50 Most Influential People Who Matter” and was named the “Third Most Influential Thought Leader of 2014” by Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. (Source: SMU's website)


Amartya Sen was  recently in news when Nalanda University, an ancient center of learning in eastern India that once drew students from across Asia, was re-established once again, a project that was spearheaded  by Sen. However, according to an article in WSJ, less than six months after the new Nalanda started operating, Mr. Sen stepped down from his post as chancellor, citing political interference and saying the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t want him to stay in that role.

More about Amartya Sen 

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University and was until 2004 the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.  He is also Senior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.  Earlier on he was Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University Calcutta, the Delhi School of Economics, the London School of Economics, and Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University.

 Amartya Sen’s research has ranged over social choice theory, economic theory, ethics and political philosophy, welfare economics, theory of measurement, decision theory, development economics, public health, and gender studies. 

 Amartya Sen’s books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and include Choice of Techniques (1960), Growth Economics (1970),Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970), Choice, Welfare and Measurement(1982),  Commodities and Capabilities (1987), The Standard of Living (1987),Development as Freedom (1999), Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny(2006), The Idea of Justice (2009), and (jointly with Jean Dreze) An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions (2013).  

 (Source and photo: Biographical note on Amartya Sen on the Harvard website)

Why are we talking about Amartya Sen now?

The 81-year old Nobel laureate is coming to Dallas, TX, here in America to speak on "Global Gendercide and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Growth". The event is presented by Gendercide Awareness Project,  UT Dallas Asia CenterUT Dallas School of Economic Political and Policy Sciences and South Asia Democracy Watch. The ticket price to listen to him is $ 30.00. 


We say ..

More than Mr. Amartya Sen's credentials, his awards and the Noble laureate title, what caught our attention was the fact that he was the first person in the world to measure gendercide, that he brought to world's attention that over 100 million female population has simply gone "missing", that his studies have shown that large number of senior widow mothers are "abandoned" each year by their children. These facts really tug at the heartstrings. Are humans really capable of abandoning their mothers? Are they truly capable of killing their new born girl child? We talk about women empowerment. We MUST start with protecting our mother first, the woman who gave birth to us. We MUST follow with protecting our new born girl child, empowering her with the confidence to make her own choices and then we. as humans, would have done our part. This is no charity, just humanity.

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