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A Teacher for a Generation

The 1960s and 1970s had produced an exceptional group of economists in Kolkata who never really wanted great fame or fortune. They were the quintessential academics and scholars for whom learning was something to be enjoyed. Arup Mallik was outstanding even within this select group of stars.

Not many economists in India have heard of Arup Mallik, who passed away on 25 May 2017 in Kolkata. Yet, he was one of the brightest minds in the profession with an astonishing grasp over a wide domain of the subject.

I first met Arup in the middle of 1974, when he returned from the University of Rochester after completing his PhD. I was in my final year of the post come out of an examination in planning techniques and was not sure about the answer to a particular question I had attempted. I was discussing my doubt with a young lecturer when he suggested that I go to Arup. I had heard a lot about his brilliance, and also heard that he had just returned from the United States.

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