Ashok Mitra has been Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and Chairman of the Indian Agricultural Prices Commission. He is the author of The Share of Wages in National Income, has edited a volume of essays, Economic Theory and Planning, and his most recent book is Terms of Trade and Class Relations.
The essays in Calcutta Diary first appeared in the Economic and Political Weekly during the infamous 21-month Emergency imposed in India between June 1975 and March 1977. Interestingly, Ashok Mitra had worked with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who had imposed the Emergency. The essays recount aspects of a unique and particularly difficult phase in contemporary Indian history.
First Person Singular is a collection of essays, opinion articles, reminiscences, and obituaries, written by Ashok Mitra, most of these originally appearing in The Telegraph daily published out of Kolkata as part of a regular column which lends its name to this book.
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