Nirmala Banerjee being interviewed at her home in Kolkata. Photo: AP
Akanksha Singh
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Opinion

Akanksha Singh

Abhijit Banerjee won the Nobel Prize and Indian media can’t get enough of his mum

  • The poverty researcher has just jointly won one of the world’s most respected awards – therefore his mum is at the centre of media attention
  • As curious as it sounds, the phenomenon is not strange in India, where patriarchy is deeply rooted and the mother-son relationship is idealised above all others

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Nirmala Banerjee being interviewed at her home in Kolkata. Photo: AP
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Akanksha Singh

Akanksha Singh

Akanksha Singh is a writer and culture journalist based in Mumbai, India. She has been published in Explore Parts Unknown, HuffPost, The Independent, The Sydney Morning Herald and many more. You can find her written work on akanksha-singh.com