Abhijit Sen, a renowned agriculture economist and former member of the Planning Commission, passed away on August 29. It is a great loss to the profession of economics in general, and to economists working on agriculture and the rural economy in particular, and to policy makers. I knew him for the last four decades. He has contributed a lot to teaching in economics, research and policy in varied fields such as agriculture, rural economy, poverty, inequality, employment and social protection programmes. It is difficult to cover all his achievements in a single piece. I will mention only a few of them.
First, I will discuss his contributions as a policy maker. He was chairman of the Commission for