The student community of Presidency College was also politically most active.
While I am interested both in economics and in philosophy, the union of my interests in the two fields far exceeds their intersection.
From the mid-1970s, I also started work on the causation and prevention of famines.
But the idea that I should be a teacher and a researcher of some sort did not vary over the years.
The progress of the pure theory of social choice with an expanded informational base was, in this sense, quite crucial for my applied work as well.
The curriculum of the school did not neglect India's cultural, analytical and scientific heritage, but was very involved also with the rest of the world.
It is also very engaging - and a delight - to go back to Bangladesh as often as I can, which is not only my old home, but also where some of my closest friends and collaborators live and work.
I loved that breadth, and also the fact that in interpreting Indian civilization itself, its cultural diversity was much emphasized.
I was born in a University campus and seem to have lived all my life in one campus or another.
When the Nobel award came my way, it also gave me an opportunity to do something immediate and practical about my old obsessions, including literacy, basic health care and gender equity, aimed specifically at India and Bangladesh.
People's identities as Indians, as Asians, or as members of the human race, seemed to give way - quite suddenly - to sectarian identification with Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh communities.
I left Delhi, in 1971, shortly after Collective Choice and Social Welfare was published in 1970.
I have not had any serious non-academic job.
The educational excellence of Presidency College was captivating. My interest in economics was amply rewarded by quite outstanding teaching.
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