Economist Jean Dreze known for activism on ‘right to food’ arrested in Jharkhand

Renowned economist and academic Jean Dreze was detained by Jharkhand police this morning, Media reports said.

Dreze, who was part of the UPA-era National Advisory Council, was detained some 40 kilomteres outside of Garhwa, located in western Jharkhand.

According to India Today Dreze was detained for allegedly holding a public meeting without permission from authorities.

Dreze is known for his activism on the right to food. The Belgian-born development economist co-authored Hunger and Public Action, which focussed on the problem of hunger in the modern world. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen was the other author of the book.

Jean Dreze is currently an honorary professor at the Delhi School of Economics and a visiting professor at the Ranchi University. He previously taught at London School of Economics.

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