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An Indian Demographer

Ashish Bose, a well-known demo-grapher, passed away on 7 April 2014 at 11 am. He was 83 years old.  He was an inspiration to the community of population scientists in India and the world.  In 1977 he established a platform for population scientists by starting the Indian Association for the Study of Population along with his colleagues from Delhi. He also organised the International Conference of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population in 1989.

Ashish Bose had published many papers and books on population, urbanisation and the census. He retired as professor from the Institute of Economic Growth. He has worked on several occasions as a consultant to the United Nations and lectured at leading universities all over the world. When Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister, he had given the acronym BIMARU to the group of states – Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. This was his way of capturing the attention of politicians and policymakers and bringing into focus the importance of demography and the need to solve the problem of these states that were lagging behind other states in terms of mortality and fertility rates. He knew that communicating effectively could translate research work into
action. His presence in any forum would brighten it up. He was a good orator, sharp and intellectual. He will be remembered as the Indian demographer who made the subject popular among policymakers. We will cherish his work and memory.

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