Economist K.N. Raj passes away

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb. 10

Dr K.N. Raj, 85, a brilliant scholar of international repute and influential economist, passed away here on Wednesday after protracted illness.

Born on May 13, 1924, Dr Kakkadan Nandanath Raj became the member of the economics wing of the First Planning Commission of India at the age of 26 and was handpicked by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to help draft the country's First Five-Year Plan. He was one of the founding members of the Delhi School of Economics and taught there for 18 years. Later he became Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University. He was later invited by the then Chief Minister of Kerala, C. Achutha Menon, to help found the Centre for Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram, which became famous for the ‘Kerala model' of development.

A product of the Madras Christian College and the London School of Economics, he authored the foreword to the First Five-Year Plan.

Dr Raj is survived by his sons Mr N. Gopal Raj and Mr N. Dinesh Raj.

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 11, 2010)
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