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Remembering K K Subrahmanian

The death of K K Subrahmanian in Thiruvananthapuram ends the story of a scholar in the galaxy of the “Bombay economists” who in their time burnt a lot of midnight oil on the pressing problems of development in the country, and also shaped the thinking of a generation of students and associates who are now placed in various continents.

I first met him in 1979, at the Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research in Ahmedabad. I had expected to meet a rather arm-chair professor, who having trained in the Bombay school, and having worked in the government on a brief stint, would ask several questions, and test my calibre for economic research. But, to my surprise, it did not happen. KKS (as he was popularly known) clad in his black overcoat and necktie, was a practical teacher, helping his student novice to tread on the challenging path of research in industrial economics, considered by many those days as a rather “risky” area.

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