Six researchers and academicians have been selected for the first-ever Amartya Sen Award for distinguished social scientists for 2012. The award, carrying a citation and a cash award of Rs 10 lakh each, was presented by renowned economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen at a ceremony in New Delhi on May 6.
The award, instituted by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), is given in recognition of work on a symptomatic study of Indian society from different perspectives. Two of the six awardees hail from Hyderabad. They are Dr Vamsicharan Vakulabharanam and Dr Kalpana Kannabiran.
The former is an associate professor at the School of Economics at University of Hyderabad. He was selected for the award for his study on the causes of agrarian distress in Telangana. He is currently a grantee at the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) at New York.
Dr Kalpana Kannabiran, director of Council for Social Development and co-founder of Asmita Resource Centre for Women, was picked for the honour for her study in the field of sociology of justice, especially in the context of gender and of the marginalised.
In an e-mail interview with Express, they share their work and perspective that brings a new approach to the study of society. The excerpts: