Jean Dreze

Kavita Krishnan of CPIML liberation, economist Jean Dreze, Maimoona Mollah of AIDWA and others at press conference Press Club in New Delhi

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Jean Dreze

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Surjit Bhalla vs Jean Dreze The clash of ideas over our biggest public employment programme NREGA continues. Economist Bhalla asked the government to “junk corrupt schemes like NREGA” and suggested cash transfers as a way out. Chief architect of the scheme Jean Dreze hit back via letters and interviews, saying the new government “appe­ars clueless” about how to reform NREGA.


Jigsaws That Don’t Fit The scene at India Habitat Centre on July 22—Justice Leila Seth releasing Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze's An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions. At the discussion Sen reiterated his old views on unfettered Namonomics, its trumpeting arrogator, and its erudite champion.