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Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee gets life membership of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club

The economist also got the First Day Cover of 1911, and the maroon green jersey with his name written on it.

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Oct 24, 2019, 10.52 AM IST
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​Banerjee had expressed his desire to watch a football match of Mohun Bagan from the stands in January, 2020 during his next visit to Kolkat​s.
Banerjee had expressed his desire to watch a football match of Mohun Bagan from the stands in January, 2020 during his next visit to Kolkats.
KOLKATA: The Mohun Bagan Athletic Club on Wednesday conferred life membership to Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee.

Banerjee has expressed his desire to watch a football match of Mohun Bagan from the stands in January, 2020 during his next visit to Kolkata, a statement by the over 100-year- old club said.

Srinjoy Bose, honorary club assistant general secretary, and other club officials met the economist at his paternal residence here and conferred him with the life membership of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club.
Banerjee extended his gratitude to the club for the honours.
Banerjee extended his gratitude to the club for the honours.

"Besides, the club handed him the First Day Cover of 1911 and the maroon green jersey with his name written on it. He was also given a book on the history of our club," the statement said.

In 1911, Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to win the Indian Football Association (IFA) Shield beating the East Yorkshire Regiment of the British Army in the final.

Banerjee extended his gratitude to the club for the honours.

The Nobel laureate arrived here on Tuesday evening. He is slated to leave the city early on Thursday.

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India's association with the Nobel Prize goes back, across centuries and latitudes. Poet, writer and thinker Rabindranth Tagore brought glory to the country when he became the first Indian to win the Nobel Prize for the country. The 52-year-old Tagore was accorded the honour in 1913, 12 years after it made its debut. Ever since, nine other laureates with an India connection have been conferred the prestigious award in various categories, Abhijit Banerjee being the latest. There were a few famous names who were nominated several times, but failed to bag the award. While Indian poet Sri Aurobindo was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1943 and 1950, the committee had considered Mahatma Gandhi for the Peace Prize five times in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 & 1948 (days before his assassination). Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel had drafted a will in 1895 where he reserved a large part of his estate to establish Nobel Prizes after concerns of how the world would remember him. He wanted the awards to be given to individuals (based on their achievements), annually, despite their nationality. He died in 1896. It took nearly five years for the committee to set up, and the first set of awards for Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry, Literature, Physics and Peace were awarded in 1901. After 67 years, Sweden's central bank with donation from donation from the Nobel Foundation, established the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1968. Here's a look at all the Indians who brought honour to the nation.
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