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Krishna Bharadwaj TWO years ago, Krishna Bharadwaj died on March 8. The sheer coincidence of her death on International Women's Day, perhaps, highlights mote dramatically than it would have been otherwise the fact that in her death, India lost a woman economist well known and respected, within the country as well as internationally. She was the founder of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The death of some individuals makes one feel both a personal and a societal loss because the personal and the social are in- distinguishably interwoven with each other in relation to such individuals. Krishna Bharadwaj, for me, was such an individual. I met her when she came to deliver a series of lectures at the Department of Economics, Punjab University, Chandigarh in the year 1971-72. I was introduced to her by my teachers there S B Rangnekar and G S Bhalla and had the opportunity to know her better after I became her student in JNU in 1972. After I went back to Chandigarh in 1978 to teach there, she kindly accepted my invitation and that of my friends at Punjabi University, Patiala to deliver a series of lectures at Chandigarh and Patiala. For my students who knew that I had been her student, it was an especially exciting experience to listen to her because their list of recommended readings included her writings and that of Piero Sraffa who was her teacher and intellectual mentor.

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