Abhijit Sen, 72, Nobel Prize-Winning Economist

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One of the country's leading specialists on rural economics, economist Abhijit Sen, passed away on Monday night.

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Earlier in his professional life, he had held a position on the Planning Commission in one of its many possible iterations. He was 72.

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"It was around 11 o'clock at night when he had a heart attack. We hurried him to the emergency room, but it was too late "His brother, Dr. Pronab Sen, said it.

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The accomplishment that Abhijit Sen has to his name is a distinguished professional career that has spanned more than four decades.

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Among other positions, he chaired the Commission on Agricultural Cost and Prices and taught economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

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From 2004 till Manmohan Singh's second term as prime minister ended in 2014, he served on the Planning Commission.

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