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I have not had any serious non-academic job.

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The student community of Presidency College was also politically most active.

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From the mid-1970s, I also started work on the causation and prevention of famines.

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I was born in a University campus and seem to have lived all my life in one campus or another.

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I left Delhi, in 1971, shortly after Collective Choice and Social Welfare was published in 1970.

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But the idea that I should be a teacher and a researcher of some sort did not vary over the years.

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While I am interested both in economics and in philosophy, the union of my interests in the two fields far exceeds their intersection.

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The curriculum of the school did not neglect India's cultural, analytical and scientific heritage, but was very involved also with the rest of the world.

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Democracy has to be judged not just by the institutions that formally exist but by the extent to which different voices from diverse sections of the people can actually be heard.

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People's identities as Indians, as Asians, or as members of the human race, seemed to give way - quite suddenly - to sectarian identification with Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh communities.

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