Ashish was best known for coining the term BIMARU in one page of research paper to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. BIMARU refers to the four grossly under-developed states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the 1980s. Later, it was expanded to BIMAROU, which included Orissa.

Bose argument was that the government should focus on these states to control the country’s population as they accounted for more than 40 percent of the population.

He headed the Population Research Centre at the Institute of Economic Growth. He wrote 25 books on population and development such as Growing old in India: Voice Reveal, Statistics Speak and Darkness at Noon: Female Foeticide.


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