Economist Raaj Sah honors Ranchi’s Father Camille Bulcke

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Ranchi, Sept. 9: Father Camille Bulcke, a Belgium-born Jesuit and a preeminent Hindi scholar, was honored by Professor Raaj Sah, who gifted a plaque to Father Bulcke’s birthplace of Ramskapelle, a village in Knokke-Heist.

After arriving in India as a young Jesuit, Father Bulcke spent most of his life at St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi, until he passed away in 1982. Transcending cultures, he became an architect of modern Hindi literature. His contributions include those on the epics of Lord Rama, and on the peerlessness of Goswami Tulsidas.

Sah gifted the plaque as a symbol of his gratitude for Father Bulcke’s mentorship. At the plaque’s unveiling in September 2020, Count Leopold Lippens, Mayor of Knokke-Heist, said “It is important for us Belgians to appreciate, and to pass on to our future generations, the magisterial heritage that Father Bulcke created in India. We are grateful to Professor Sah for memorializing the virtuous legacy of his mentor at his birthplace.”

Sah is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Chicago. The Government of Japan has conferred on him the Imperial honor “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.” This honor was for his contributions to the Japanese government’s economic and financial policies. Sah is a Distinguished Fellow at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He previously held faculty positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

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