Thursday, June 23, 2011

Professor Suresh Tendulkar (1939-2011)

I met once Prof.Suresh Tendulkar during a book launch in Delhi in 2010. He was alone! After the event he went in an Indica car. His car driver was a Sardar Ji!!

He will be remembered in my views for three things (leave the poverty estimation aside!) in broader context: 
  1. “In the 1980s and 1990s, Tendulkar cast his net far and wide. He was the great critic of planning, the protagonist of the market.”  For more see here.
  2. He concluded (a) that government servants were paid far more than the public realised through all sorts of hidden benefits and (b) that their emoluments needed to be linked to efficiency in some manner. But the others on the panel had a different agenda. In the end Prof Tendulkar was forced to write a dissenting note.” See here for more.
  3. His analysis on inequality

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