Bhaskar Gopalakrishna Kumar was an Associate Fellow at the CDS during 1990-93. His untimely demise in 1993 robbed the profession of a promising, independent-minded economist. Educated at the International School, Geneva and the Calcutta Boy’s School, Gopu Kumar, as he was popularly known, was an undergraduate at the St Stephen’s College, Delhi. Graduate work took him to Leeds, Cambridge and Oxford where he was a student of Amartya Sen. His works span from the Kerala model of development, agricultural price-setting in India and population studies. Gopu’s family had instituted an endowment fund to organise annual lectures in his memory.
B.G.Kumar Lecture at a Glance
1. Health Inequality and Welfare Economics
by Prof. Amartya Sen : 20 December 1995
2 . Challenges in Human Development in India
by Prof. Gita Sen : 25 January 2009
3. Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India
by Prof. Pranab Bardhan :15 July 2011
4. Government Accountability: An Overview of Recent Research Findings
by Prof. Dilip Mookherjee :26 July 2012
5. Women’s Economic Empowerment and Reproductive Health: What do we know? What can we know?
by Prof. Alaka Malwade Basu : 16 December 2013
6. Do Trademarks Foster or Inhibit Innovation and Competition?
by Prof. Christine Greenhalgh :21 January 2015
7. Persistence of Poverty and Anti-Poverty Policies: Theory and Evidence
by Prof. Maitreesh Ghatak : 23 March 2016
8. The Puzzle of Indian Urbanisation
by Dr. Pronab Sen : 20 February 2017
9. Revisiting the Methodology of Gunnar Myrdal in Asian Drama
by Prof. Frances Stewart : 3 Oct. 2018
10. Swachh Bharat? Swachh World? Garbage and Pollution on a Growing Planet
by Professor Robin Jeffrey : 4 Sept. 2019
11. Economic Transformation, Growth of the Middle Class and Family Change in India
by Professor Sonalde Desai: 5 Nov. 2020