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Situating Professor Mahalanobis as a Public Intellectual in the Social History of His Times

  • Sabyasachi BhattacharyaEmail author
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There is a tendency today to ceremoniously remember some iconic individuals in Bengal’s history – while we usually forget the message in their life and work. However the present occasion, the 125th birth anniversary of Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, is a little different. His contribution to science has not been forgotten and in fact that has been carried forward in the institutions he founded, particularly the Indian Statistical Institute. However, there are many other unremembered aspects of his life and work. In fact very little is known of many aspects of his life beyond his professional domain. For instance, little is known of his role in studying meteorological data and floods in the Indian river system and hence his pioneering thinking leading to the construction of the Hirakud and Damodar Valley projects. Again, no one has studied his role from 1921 to 1931 as the first Karma-Sachivaor Secretary of Visva Bharati along with Rathindranath Tagore. It is also not...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Formerly at Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Visva-Bharati University at SantiniketanBolpurIndia

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