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Preet Rustagi (1967–2017)

It is with deep regret that I share the news of the sudden demise of Preet Rustagi, professor at the Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi on 21 August 2017. She was all set to join the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) in New Delhi.

It is with deep regret that I share the news of the sudden demise of Preet Rustagi, professor at the Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi on 21 August 2017. She was all set to join the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) in New Delhi.

Preet distinguished herself in her scholarship, and her contributions, largely to gender studies, as well as child welfare, education, etc, will remain invaluable. In fact, some of her works in the realm of gender, such as Gender Biases and Discrimination against Women: What Do Different Indicators Say? (Centre for Women’s Development Studies in collaboration with UNIFEM, South Asia Regional Office, 2003), “Significance of Gender-related Development Indicators: An Analysis of Indian States” (Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 2004), and “Employment Trends for Women in India” (International Labour Organization, New Delhi Office, 2010) have been widely cited and used.

I have been privileged to witness first-hand, her personal commitment and joy in celebrating the academic and institutional contributions of two doyens of labour economics and industrial relations in India, the late T S Papola and Lalit K Deshpande. In fact, she co-edited a comprehensive volume of essays on labour and development, in memory of the late T S Papola.

Preet held her positions with dignity and worked selflessly. She served for some time as the joint director of IHD, and often partnered with Alakh N Sharma. She also served at the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE), founded by the late President of India V V Giri, among others, in various capacities. The most notable among them being her roles as secretary (her tenure would have ended this year), and as associate editor. Her contributions to the institutional and academic proceedings concerning the ISLE cannot be easily forgotten, and her services will be missed greatly. She was easily the most popular and kind-hearted person within academic networks.

Preet’s unfortunate passing comes at a time when she was at a significant juncture in her professional life. She had shared with me, as well as several others, her dreams and ideas for contributing further to the academic and institutional proceedings of the ISLE. Her demise is a great loss to the institutions she has served, to her friends and colleagues, and to her family.

K R Shyam Sundar

Jamshedpur

Updated On : 24th Aug, 2017

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