Interpreting the World to Change It

Essays for Prabhat Patnaik

Edited by Jayati Ghosh, C.P. Chandrasekhar

Prabhat Patnaik’s academic insights and strong political commitment have stimulated intellectual activity and inspired personal regard across a multitude of people from all walks of life. This volume brings together
contributions from some who have benefi ted from interaction with him over decades, in a tribute and continuing conversation.

The contributors to the volume are:

Ashok Mitra, Rajendra Prasad, Irfan Habib, Akeel Bilgrami, Sitaram Yechury, C.P. Chandrasekhar, Aijaz Ahmad, Jayati Ghosh, Biswajit Dhar, Prakash Karat, Teesta Setalvad, Zoya Hasan, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Praveen Jha, Sam Moyo, Paris Yeros, Anil Bhatti and Mihir Bhattacharya.


"[ Interpreting the World to Change it] of over a dozen scholarly essays in honour of Prabhat Patnaik is a fitting tribute to a leading economist and public intellectual of our times. The editors note: 'While he is widely recognised as a brilliant economist with a mastery over contending theoretical traditions in the subject, he made quite clear his predilection for and commitment to applying, developing and extending the Marxist approach. Known primarily as an economist of the finest calibre, he has also forayed with much effect into a range of allied disciplines in search of an understanding of contemporary reality.' What is significant about the volume is the fact that apart from personal tributes to Prabhat Patnaik (including a moving one by Ashok Mitra, another outstanding academic of our times and a former Finance Minister of West Bengal), most of the contributions are attempts to interpret the contemporary reality of the world and specifically of India." –  C.T. Kurien, Frontline