Abhijit Banerjee

Abhijit Banerjee, the renowned economist, who has recently won the Nobel prize in economics along with his wife Esther Duflo and Harvard economist, Michael Kremer was recently spotted in Delhi, the national capital of India.

Mr Banerjee won the Noble Prize in Economics for experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. He was in the city for a visit to his alma-mater, Jawaharlal Nehru University, popularly known as JNU. Abhijit Banerjee had completed his Master’s in Economics from JNU in the year 1983 and was an active participant in discussions and debates on politics during his time as a student at JNU.

Though, he never participated in any form of campus politics. Notably, Banerjee was amongst many students of JNU who were arrested after a stand-off with the University administration. He was lodged in Tihar Jail for 10 days and was subsequently released after the charges against him were dropped.

Surprisingly, there was no information shared by the administration pertaining to his visit. Though, he did have a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor of the JNU, Mr Jagadesh Kumar. Mr Banerjee arrived early in the morning and visited various areas of the university. He visited the administrative block and then paid a visit to Brahmaputra Hostel. He also gave an interview to a news channel while he was on the campus but did not interact much with the students.

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