Ashok Mitra, a Man Who Was Equally Committed Politically and
Personally
May 5th 2018. Jayati Ghosh
"Much has been and will be written about this extraordinary man…All these qualities, rare as they are, are even rarer in combination. But in this piece, I will present a more personal picture, from someone who saw him as a father figure and was privileged to know him well."
Ashok Mitra
May 3rd 2018. Prabhat Patnaik
A man of great wisdom, and generosity, scrupulously adhering to principles and willing to fight for them, but without any malice towards anyone, Ashok Mitra was a pillar of support for the Left.
Ashok Mitra
May 3rd 2018. Mohan Rao
"I do not believe any Obituary to Ashok Mitra will also recall his quest for gender justice…It was on the basis of his questions in Parliament and the response obtained that in 1998, the Supreme Court banned quinacrine sterilization."
A Singular Person
May 3rd 2018. Jayati Ghosh
"First Person Singular", a new collection of Ashok Mitra's essays, is not just a book; it is a conversation with an accomplished raconteur, one who is always able to situate his voice in the wider social, economic and political context.
Wisdom, for the People
May 3rd 2018. Prabhat Patnaik
Ashok Mitra will be remembered above all as a strong champion of the rights of states. He played a major role in exposing the high degree of centralisation of powers and resources that existed in the country and went almost unnoticed. In his death, the country has lost a person of great wisdom, for whom the interests of its working people always came first.
Ashok Mitra, the Marxist Economist who was a Fierce Critic of the Government
May 3rd 2018. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
On the morning of May Day, former finance minister of West Bengal, member of parliament, prolific writer, bureaucrat, economist and Marxist thinker Ashok Mitra passed away in a Kolkata nursing home. He was born in 1928 and had turned 90 on April 10 this year. He was not just an academic, an administrator, a politician and an activist, but also a writer of amazing eloquence and insight in both Bengali and English.
Ashok Mitra (1928-2018)
May 3rd 2018. Rudrangshu Mukherjee
"He did not go gently into the good night. He raged against the fading of the light. But those, like me, who were fortunate to receive his affection knew that beneath the rage was a tender heart. No one showered affection the way Ashok Mitra did. Adieu comrade Mitra on May Day."
Ashok Mitra: Railing against the times, but very much a part of them
May 3rd 2018. Jayati Ghosh
Revisiting a review written for 'Frontline' magazine of the English version of Ashok Mitra's Bengali memoirs, 'Apila Chapila', published in 2007. "The impression on reading this book is not one of a difficult man, rather of an incurable romantic. It is a book full of people, full of little stories about them and full of the emotion that only caring deeply about people can bring. So this idiosyncratic memoir is in some ways a love poem to many of the people he has ever known."
Former Bengal Finance Minister was a Polymath Member of Significant Groups
May 3rd 2018. Jayati Ghosh
Ashok Mitra was one of the most remarkable personalities of Independent India. A polymath who spanned technical economics, literature, policy and politics, he brought to all of these his distinctive flair, razor-sharp intelligence, and enormous energy and passion. We can be proud of living in a society that could produce such a person.
OBITUARY | Ashok Mitra, the Former Bengal Finance Minister Who Wished He Were Forgotten
May 3rd 2018. Subhanil Chowdhury
"He disliked being praised. In the last few lines of his memoirs Aapila Chaapila, he wished that he may be forgotten by everybody, he did not want his readers to remember him. Therefore, he would have strongly disagreed with this obituary of his. But those who knew him, loved him would agree that it is impossible to forget him."
Sreyashi Dastidar writes about Ashok Mitra
May 3rd 2018. Sreyashi Dastidar
"I have not come across anyone — and I don't think I ever will — who can dictate a thousand-plus-word piece, often with figures comparing development indices, without faltering even once, or consulting a piece of paper. For me, this was nothing short of a superpower — and the man was pushing eighty."
 
 

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