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Kaushik Basu is an Indian economist who was Chief Economist of the World Bank from 2012 to 2016. He is the C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, and academic advisory board member of upcoming Plaksha University.
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Ever Newer Shores
Santi Chakrabarti - Jan 05, 2021
Life tends to take us through twists and turns, but sometimes it takes us on a journey that we could never have imagined. In this captivating autobiography, we follow the author from his idyllic childhood in a remote village in Bengal in British India, to his youth amidst poverty and hardship in post-Independence Kolkata, to England in the late 196...
Kaushik Basu
Mar 14, 2021
Chanced upon this book and so glad I did. Diary of Santi Chakrabarti, an economist with a nomadic soul and an anthropologist’s eye, who lived and worked in Kolkata, London, Nairobi and London and clearly loved them all.      source
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Nehru and Bose
Parallel Lives
Rudrangshu Mukherjee - Sep 01, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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Kaushik Basu
Jan 24, 2021
Read Rudrangshu Mukherjee’s fascinating book Nehru & Bose. One matter on which Nehru & Bose shared the same values was in their secular instinct & in their desire to create an inclusive India. Rabindranath described Netaji & Nehru as the only “two genuine modernists.”      source
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Salil Tripathi
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Theory of Value
An Axiomatic Analysis of Economic Equilibrium (Cowles Foundation Monographs Series)
Gerard Debreu - Sep 10, 1972
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"[This] beautiful and austere book . . . [is] an important landmark of economic theory."—F.H. Hahn, Journal of Political Economy   "An immortal classic of twentieth century economics. Every economist should own a copy."—Robert Lucas, University of ChicagoTheory of Value offers a rigorous, axiomatic, and formal analysis of producer behavior, consume...
Kaushik Basu
Jan 22, 2021
My pick if I had to choose the 2 most original books in economics of the last 100 years. Debreu is like Euclid beautifully describing an entire economy one axiom at a time. Arrow is like Archimedes, discovering a stunning truth by nothing else but staring at reality & thinking.      source
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Sri Aurobindo for All Ages
A Biography
Nirodbaran - Jul 01, 1998 (first published in 1990)
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Kaushik Basu
Jan 02, 2021
I crossed over from 2020 to 2021 reading this book on Sri Aurobindo. Riveting read.      source
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The Economic Case for LGBT Equality
Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All (Queer Action/Queer Ideas)
M. V. Lee Badgett - May 19, 2020
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An economist demonstrates how LGBT equality and inclusion within organizations increases their bottom line and allows for countries' economies to flourishWe know that homophobia harms LGBT individuals in many ways, but economist M. V. Lee Badgett argues that in addition to moral and human rights reasons for equality, we can now also make a financia...
Kaushik Basu
Nov 20, 2020
Excellent book, both for reading and for following its advice of fairness and equal treatment for all human beings. ⁦@LeeBadgett⁩      source
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One River
Explorations And Discoveries In The Amazon Rain Forest
Wade Davis - Sep 03, 1996
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In 1974-75, Wade Davis and Tim Plowman traveled the length of South America, living among a dozen Indian tribes, collecting medicinal plants and searching for the origins of coca, the sacred leaf of the Andes and the notorious source of cocaine. It was a journey inspired and made possible by their Harvard mentor, Richard Evans Schultes, the most im...
Kaushik Basu
Oct 01, 2020
The dangers of narrow identity are captured well in Wade Davis’ fascinating book on the Amazon region—One River. A well-meaning sign in a train tells passengers to be mindful of other passengers and, hence, urges them to be civilized and throw garbage out of the window.      source
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Political Theology
Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty
Carl Schmitt - Sep 23, 2020 (first published in 1922)
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"Sovereign is he who decides on the exception." So begins Political Theology, the book that, marked Carl Schmitt as one of the most significant political and legal theoreticians of the 20th century. Writing amid the intense political and intellectual ferment of the early Weimar Republic, Schmitt argued that the essence of sovereignty ties in the ab...
Kaushik Basu
Sep 13, 2020
Reading an old classic & fascinating book written during the early years of the Weimar Republic by a fascist sympathizer & intellectual giant, Carl Schmitt, and translated into English & introduced by a holocaust survivor & outstanding scholar, George Schwab.      source
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Chitpur Road Neighborhoods
Manish Chakraborti - Feb 23, 2016 (first published in 2008)
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In 19th-century Calcutta, a financially strong Indian elite emerged under the rule of the British East India Company, building up eclectic Bengali equivalents of industrialists' mansions, apparent stylistic blends of traditional Mughal architecture with more classical elements. Today the erstwhile magnificent villas and palaces retain only a shred ...
Kaushik Basu
Feb 14, 2020
Beautiful Kolkata. Photograph from Peter Bialobrzeski’s wonderful book on the Chitpur Road neighborhood.      source
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The State of Economics, the State of the World
Kaushik Basu - Jan 07, 2020
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Leading economists address the ongoing challenges to economics in theory and practice in a time of political and economic crises.More than a decade of financial crises, sovereign debt problems, political conflict, and rising xenophobia and protectionism has left the global economy unsettled and the ability of economics as a discipline to account fo...
Kaushik Basu
Aug 29, 2019
Putting finishing touches to this book which I’m editing with David Rosenblatt & Claudia Sepulveda. To be published later this year by MIT Press. Ken Arrow’s chapter in the book is the last paper he wrote. It is a magnificent, sweeping survey of the advent of modern economics.      source
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The Strategy of Conflict
With a New Preface by the Author
Thomas C. Schelling - May 14, 1981 (first published in 1960)
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A series of closely interrelated essays on game theory, this book deals with an area in which progress has been least satisfactory--the situations where there is a common interest as well as conflict between adversaries: negotiations, war and threats of war, criminal deterrence, extortion, tacit bargaining. It proposes enlightening similarities bet...
Kaushik Basu
Apr 20, 2019
One of my most treasured books, Thomas Schelling’s The Strategy of Conflict, signed by Schelling in November ‘99.      source
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Steven Pinker
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From Deprivation to Destitution
Dewan & Sehgal - Jan 01, 2018
This microbook visibilises via lived reality analysis the ramifications of demonetisation on various facets of the lives, labour and livelihoods of the marginalised, specifically construction workers, both men and women. The impacts of Notebandi are estimated and quantified in measurable terms, combined with the articulation of people's testimonies...
Kaushik Basu
Dec 28, 2018
Must read Ritu Dewan and Radha Sehgal’s book on Demonetization. Based on detailed surveys and data collection by the authors, the book documents the tragic devastation it caused for the poor and the working classes.      source
Swami Vivekananda on Himself by Vivekananda
Fair Shot by Chris Hughes
Ants Among Elephants by Sujatha Gidla
Indira by Sagarika Ghose
The Modern Monk by Hindol Sengupta
Letters for a Nation by Jawaharlal Nehru
Letters of Swami Vivekananda by Swami Vivekananda
Social Choice and Individual Values by Kenneth Joseph Arrow
Memoirs of European Travel by Swami Vivekananda
Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy
Money in the Bank by P. G. Wodehouse
Inequality by Anthony B. Atkinson