Remembering March 1971 and all that followed

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Oxfam Calcutta 1971

The month of March is here again and it brings back vivid memories to me which are linked automatically with many others. In March 1971, I was working on an Oxfam-UK supported Gandhian village development project in Bihar, India, where I had been for almost 3 years. Through the BBC and some sketchy Indian newspaper… Read more »

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62 people have same wealth as 3.5 billion

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An employee checks U.S. dollar bank-notes at a bank in Hanoi, Vietnam August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Kham/Files

Just 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.5 billion people — the bottom half of humanity—in 2015, according to a new report, An Economy For The 1%, by global advocacy Oxfam. This figure is down from 388 individuals as recently as 2010. The wealth of the richest 62 people has risen 44 percent in… Read more »

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The road back

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On January 21st, 2014, I was in thought remembering the difficult journey I made from Kolkata to Dhaka all those years ago in 1972.

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December 1971 memories

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During the last one week, I was in Kolkata looking up old friends who worked with me in 1971. They were part of an amazing team which ran OXFAM’s large refugee relief operation which assisted about 600,000 men

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