Essay On Amartya Sen And The Nobel Prize

Amartya Sen received the award at a glittering ceremony in Stockholm's Concert Hall. The 64-year-old Amartya Sen was presented the diploma and the medal Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel by the King of Sweden. Amartya Sen, the first Asian to win the Nobel for Economics, received the prize along with other laureates - Six Americans, three Britons, a German and a Portuguese. Each award carries a medal and diploma, as well as a check worth 7.6 million Swedish kronor. When the prize was booked in October 1998, the Royal Swedish Academy found that Amartya Sen's contributions ranged from axiomatic theory of social choice to definitions of welfare and poverty indices to empirical studies on famine.
Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen
Harking back to the legacy of Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen drew on the humanist ideals of Bengal's first Nobel Laureate to make a powerful case for more proactive effort to eradicate poverty. At a public reception to honour him, Amartya Sen set a personal example in this effort by announcing that he would share his prize money, approximately Rs.4 crore, with a charity trust he wants to set-up. The Pratichi Trust - named after his house in will focus on education and health-care which have been his major concerns over the years. Initially, the activity of the trust would be confined to India and Bangladesh. Amartya Sen follows in the footsteps of Rabindranath Tagore who used his prize money to develop Viswa-Bharati.

At a public reception given to Amartya Sen at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on December 27, 1998, the state finance minister said the government had also set a goal to reduce the state's child mortality rate from 55 per thousand to 40 by the end of the year. He said the national average of infant mortality was 72 per thousand.

Normal 'Amartya' by Rabindranath Tagore, the future Nobel Laureate spent his early childhood under the shadow of maternal grandfather and Tagore Associate Kshitimohan Sen, a noted scholar who taught at Viswa-Bharati. Amartya Sen who read in Santiniketan and Presidency College, and has been abroad since the late sixties, still returns almost every year to Santiniketan, where his mother lives. Nearly, 20 years after an Albanian run won the Nobel, discovering in the crushing poverty of Calcutta the ideal bedrock for her work, Sen has won his award for research on welfare economics, which has the Bengal famine as its bitmotif.

Amartya Sen is our pride. Long live Amartya Sen!