NIAS Wednesday Discussion - Prof. Narendar Pani will speak on “Political economy of intrapersonal inequality”

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



Topic:              Political economy of intrapersonal inequality


Speaker:          Narendar Pani

Head, Inequality and Human Development Programme, NIAS


Chairperson:   Anant Kamath

                        Assistant Professor, Inequality and Human Development Programme, NIAS


Date:               11 August 2021 


Time:               4.00 PM 


Meeting Link  Click here to join the meeting


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Abstract: India is one of the few countries that can legitimately be the focus of discussions, both on the richest individuals in the world as well as on those who face the greatest deprivation, including starvation. The starkness of this contrast would suggest an active discourse on inequality, extending to the political domain. Yet inequality has largely been ignored in popular political discourse. This talk will argue that this apparent anomaly can be attributed to an incomplete understanding of inequality. The discourse has been almost entirely about interpersonal and intergroup inequalities, with little attention being paid to intrapersonal inequalities. Using data and conceptualisation from a three-year project on rural inequality in India, the talk will provide evidence that once intrapersonal inequalities are taken on board, inequality can be seen to be instrumental in determining the course of Indian political economy.


About the speaker:  Prof Narendar Pani, an economist by training, takes a multidisciplinary approach to issues of Indian political economy. His research interests lie in using his interpretation of the Gandhian method to understand current Indian and global realities. One of his projects at NIAS with the United Nations Development Programme, India is an initiative of policy research on inequality and human development. He has over the last three and a half decades held positions in academia and the media.  He oversaw the Bangalore edition of The Economic Times newspaper and held a series of positions, being Senior Editor when he left to return to academics. He won the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Award for 1992. He has served on several boards including Task Force on Manufacturing, set up by the Government of Karnataka and the Steering Committee, set up by the Planning Commission in New Delhi to evaluate the performance of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. He has authored several books, including ‘Inclusive Economics: Gandhian Method and Contemporary Policy’, ‘Redefining Conservatism: An Essay on the Bias of India’s Economic Reform’ and ‘Reforms to Pre-empt Change: Land Legislation in Karnataka’.


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For further info, please contact Prof Anindya Sinha [] or Shri K S Rama Krishna [], Coordinators of the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings. 


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Wednesday, August 11, 2021