An economist-philosopher and a leading voice on politics and justice, Dr Amartya Sen took centrestage at Express Adda held at India Habitat Center, Delhi on 20th December 2014.
A masterful speaker, Dr. Sen took questions on a staggering range of issues: from government policies related to subsidies, healthcare and education; inflation and economic growth to his association with Kolkata; his understanding on Sanskrit as a language, each nuanced with his unique perspective.
Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen also spoke candidly about his views on PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh, and their policies in a two hour conversation moderated by The Indian Express Contributing Editor Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Deputy Editor Seema Chishti.
The evening saw a huge turnout, with the city’s "matteratti" including corporates, diplomats, artists, lawyers, politicians, intellectuals and advertising honchos attending this special edition of Express Adda. Among the guests at the Adda were Development Economist AK Shiva Kumar; Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India; Sharmila Tagore, Film Actor; Antara Dev Sen, Editor, The Little Magazine; AAP leader, Yogendra Yadav; Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India; Author and Journalist, Mrinal Pande; Author and Publisher, Urvashi Butalia; Bharat Reddy, Executive Director, JP Morgan; BJP MP Poonam Mahajan; Dr Subir Gokam, Former RBI Deputy Governor; YV Reddy, Former RBI Governor & Chairman - 14th Finance Commission; Entrepreneur Ramola Bachchan; Jatin Das, Artist; Jornalist-turned-director Anusha Rizvi; Writer & Artiste Mahmood Farooqui; Jyotsna Bapat, Anthropologist; Mark Tully, Author and Journalist; Navin Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner of India; Rajeev Sethi, Designer and Art Curator; Rajiv Luthra, Founder and Managing Partner, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices; Sarnath Banerjee, Graphic Novelist; Suhel Seth, Managing Partner, Counselage India along with other city matterati.
The Adda has earlier featured politicians Kapil Sibal and Arun Jaitley, superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, cutting edge filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee, sportspersons Saina Nehwal, Viswanathan Anand and Virat Kohli, and intellectuals Thomas Friedman, Martin Wolf and Fareed Zakaria among others.