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The award of the Nobel Prize for Economics to Abhijit Banerjee makes me happy that another India-born has bagged it. Beyond that there is no elation, although it’s amongst the highest honour bestowed on an individual, worldwide. I am personally no admirer of people who trade their Indian passports for another

Rehumanising the poor

Lazy. Desperate. Helpless. Resilient. Resourceful. Undeserving. All over the world, the ways in which our societies view the poor are mired with stereotypes. Those of us who have worked with poor communities around the world know the struggle of fighting these stereotypes with a harsh truth: the decisions that poor people