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Sulabha Brahme, 84, noted economist passes away

TNN | Dec 2, 2016, 08.04 AM IST

PUNE: Eminent economist, Marxist intellectual, political and social
activist Sulabha Brahme (84) passed away after a brief illness at her
residence (in Pune) on Thursday .

She had founded Shankar Brahme Samaj Vidnyan Granthalaya which became
a centre for Left, progressive and secular forces in Pune and
Maharashtra conducting research, publishing important pamphlets on
topical issues and organizing activities to create awareness.

***The range of her passionate involvement in people's movements and
issues was staggering-from economic development, environment, organic
farming, peace, anti-nuclear movements, people's science, women's
rights, casteism, communalism, education, secularism and culture.***
[Emphasis added.]

She co-founded many platforms to further these causes, including Lok
Vidnyan Sanghatana, Maharashtra Dushkal Nivaran and Nirmulan Mandal,
Purogami Mahila Sanghatana, Lokayat, Jagatikikaran Virodhi Kruti
Samiti and Bayaja Trust.

Brahme was actively involved in experiments to promote organic and
sustainable agriculture in Konkan. She authored more than 50 booklets
in Marathi and monographs on these topics to create people's awareness
and for the education of activists. She maintained close links with
all different shades and strands of progressive people's movements.

Her family's friends said she was active till the last moment and only
last week had attended a meeting in Purandar with local residents to
oppose the proposed airport. Her last article was about the
devastating impact of the demonetisation on ordinary people.
Born to eminent economist and deputy chairman of the Planning
Commission D R Gadgil and eminent social worker Pramila Gadgil (Kale)
she completed her schooling at Huzurpaga in Pune, went to SP college
and did her PhD from Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune
where she was reader and also its registrar.

During her tenure at GIPE she conducted a numerous studies including
two important reports on the regional development plan for Marathwada
and land use in Western Maharashtra. She was a member of the Board of
Directors of the Bank of Maharashtra.
Neeraj Jain, who worked with her in Lokayat, said she lived an
extremely simple and frugal life, devoting all her time and personal
material resources to support progressive movements and activists from
trade union, peasants, students, youth and other social and political
organisations. Fiercely independent, she lived alone for several
years, but her house was open to all at any time, Jain added.

She is survived by her brothers eminent environmentalist Madhav Gadgil
and Purushottam Gadgil, sister-in-law Sulochana Gadgil, nephew
Siddhartha Gadgil and niece Gauri Shah. A condolence meeting has been
organized on Sunday at Rashtra Seva Dal open hall at Sane Guruji
Smarak Parisar at 5pm.

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