Veteran Economist Ashok Mitra Passes Away

Veteran economist, engaging and thought provoking writer, Marxist and polemicist, Ashok Mitra, passed away on 1 May 2018.

We record with sorrow the death of Ashok Mitra on May Day in Kolkata at the age of 90. Mitra was a wonderful human being and a lifelong Marxist intellectual, devoted to the struggle for a better world. For him, the act of persistence in that endeavour was “an expression of faith, faith that the future could yet be different from what the present portrays.” A wonderfully original economist, a deeply committed political activist, an accomplished essayist in English and Bengali, and a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi for contributions to Bengali literature, among other things, he also wrote, off and on, for more than three decades, the widely read “Calcutta Diary” column in the Economic & Political Weekly. A member of the Sameeksha Trust for many years, he was foremost among the EPW’s faithful supporters and guides. Our deep sympathy goes to his relatives, comrades, and friends. 

— Staff of EPW and EPW Research Foundation


We compiled a few of his writings here

You can find articles from the Calcutta Diary here, and other articles by Ashok Mitra here.



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