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

14. ‘Accelerating India’s Development: A State-Led Roadmap for India’ : 06 March 2024

by Prof. Karthik Muralidharan, Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics, University of California San Diego

13.  ‘Is India a Land of Opportunity ?

by Professor Kunal Sen, Director, UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland: 21 November 2022

12. The East Asian Miracle’, 30 Years Later
by Prof. Jong-Il You, Dean, Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management: 21 March 2022

11. Economic Transformation, Growth of the Middle Class and Family Change in India
by Professor Sonalde Desai: 5 Nov. 2020

10. Swachh Bharat? Swachh World? Garbage and Pollution on a Growing Planet

by Professor Robin Jeffrey : 4 Sept. 2019

9. Revisiting the Methodology of Gunnar Myrdal in Asian Drama
by Prof. Frances Stewart : 3 Oct. 2018

8. The Puzzle of Indian Urbanisation

by Dr. Pronab Sen : 20 February 2017

7. Persistence of Poverty and Anti-Poverty Policies:  Theory and Evidence

by Prof. Maitreesh Ghatak : 23 March 2016

6. Do Trademarks Foster or Inhibit Innovation and Competition?

by Prof. Christine Greenhalgh :21 January 2015

5. Women’s Economic Empowerment and Reproductive Health: What do we know? What can we know?

by Prof. Alaka Malwade Basu :  16 December 2013

4. Government Accountability: An Overview of Recent Research Findings

by Prof. Dilip Mookherjee :26 July 2012

3. Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India

by Prof. Pranab Bardhan :15 July 2011

2 . Challenges in Human Development in India

by Prof. Gita Sen : 25 January 2009

1. Health Inequality and Welfare Economics

by Prof. Amartya Sen : 20 December 1995