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Rohini Nayyar (1944–2021)

The Gentle Colossus

Rohini Nayyar (1944–2021)

The illustrious contributions of Rohini Nayyar to Human Development Resources in India are elaborated. With a lively personality and zest for life, Nayyar left indelible impressions on whatever she undertook and whoever she met.


In the passing away of Rohini Nayyar, on 24 October 2021 the economist who strode the rural development scenario like a colossus for several decades, we have lost a policymaker par excellence, and I have personally lost a friend and colleague of several decades. 

My first meeting with Nayyar was in 1994 in a hotel at the Hague, where we were put up for a workshop organised by the Government of Netherlands. The introduction at that time by Indira Hirway led to a lifetime bond of friendship, thanks to Nayyar’s people-centric and easy-going nature, tremendous sense of humour, and generosity. 

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Updated On : 22nd Nov, 2021


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