You do us proud, Jomo!

Jomo Kwame Sundaram and I aren't exactly drinking buddies but I'm glad we bumped into each and shook hands at least a few times when he was at Universiti Malaya. Always liked the man for his quiet, unassuming aura of heart-centered intelligence.

To me, Jomo KS (as he prefers to be called) has always represented the befriendable human face of intellectuality. My instincts about Jomo as an inherently noble soul have been convincingly borne out over the decades. The man has consistently spoken out for the exploited and oppressed underclasses in the sanctified halls of elite academia, and in the Olympian Councils of the UN.