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Abhijit Banerjee

We were surprised when Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee was felicita­ted at the centenary celebrations of Calcutta’s South Club, but it seems the man is a tennis fan. Why, a few sets twice a week...frequent conversations about the sport...long viewing history of Djoker, Rafa and Fedex...he shows characteristic perspicacity. What’s singularly fascinating is his wish for Randomised Control Trials—his professional shtick—to be used in sports. At the grassroots or at the elite level? An answer is awaited.

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(R-L) West Bengal Chief Minister meets Nobel laureate and economist Abhijit Banerjee and his mother Nirmala Banerjee at State Secretariat (Nabanna) in Kolkata.

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Nobel laureate and economist, Abhijit V Banerjee, playing tennis at a south club in Kolkata.

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Nobel laureate Abhijit V Banerjee speaks during Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2020 at Victoria memorial in Kolkata.

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Nobel laureate Abhijit V Banerjee speaks during Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2020 at Victoria memorial in Kolkata.

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Noble Laureate Abhijit V Banerjee speaks during the Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace, in Jaipur.

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Economics Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee during a press conference, in New Delhi.

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Abhijit Banerjee of India, left, receives the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, during the Nobel Prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, in Stockholm.

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Swedish finance minister Magdalena Andersson and economics laureate Abhijit Banerjee arrive to the Nobel banquet at Stockholm City Hall, in Stockholm.

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Co-laureates of the 2019 Nobel laureates in economics Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo hold up a signed chair as part of the traditional Nobel Chair Signing ceremony at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

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It all collapsed into that most palatable of all piscine matters—Hilsa, or Ilish, the silvery perfection of which has its salty hold intact on Gaud. A rep­ort on Abhijit Banerjee’s love for Ilish, as exp­ressed by his mother...an eager offer to deliver the same from her constituency by Nusrat...a glad acceptance. The begun ilish awaits sir, do tuck in heartily.

Economics Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee at a press conference, in New Delhi.

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Economics Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee at a press conference, in New Delhi.

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Economics Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee during a press conference, in New Delhi.

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Economics Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee signing his book during 'Off The Cuff', a candid talk show hosted by journalist Shekhar Gupta, in New Delhi.

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Economics Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee during 'Off The Cuff', a candid talk show hosted by journalist Shekhar Gupta, in New Delhi.

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Economics Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee during 'Off The Cuff', a candid talk show hosted by journalist Shekhar Gupta, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian-American Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics this year, during a meeting at the PM's residence, in New Delhi.

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Nirmala Banerjee, mother of Indian-American economist Abhijit Binayak Banerjee, who has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences, interacts with media while holding a photograph of her son, at her residence in Kolkata. Banerjee has been honoured along with his wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for pioneering new ways to alleviate global poverty.

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Esther Duflo, left, and Abhijit Banerjee speak during a news conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Banerjee and Duflo, along with Harvard's Michael Kremer, were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics for pioneering new ways to alleviate global poverty.

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Development economist Abhijit Banerjee

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