Amartya Sen receives U.S. award

AN HONOUR: “We even have an economist, which we don’t always get on stage.” This was the comment of U.S. President Barack Obama on 78-year-old Amartya Sen before presenting the 2011 National Humanities Medal to the 1998 Nobel Prize winner in Economics. Seven
others were also presented with the medal at the glittering White House function on Monday. The Nobel laureates were seen chatting for some time. Professor Sen also attended a White House reception. Photo: Narayan Lakshman

India-born Nobel laureate Amartya Sen was on Tuesday felicitated with the prestigious National Medals of Arts and Humanities award by U.S. President Barack Obama for his efforts to increase the understanding of fighting hunger and poverty.