1. Health, education neglected more in NDA regime: Amartya Sen

Health, education neglected more in NDA regime: Amartya Sen

Accusing the Narendra Modi government of neglecting education and healthcare, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen today said the bias is much more evident than during the previous UPA regime including on issues related to religion.

By: | Published: January 6, 2016 11:31 AM

Accusing the Narendra Modi government of neglecting education and healthcare, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen today said the bias is much more evident than during the previous UPA regime including on issues related to religion.

“Education and healthcare were neglected by the UPA government and it is more neglected by the present government,” the noted economist said at an event here.

“… It was not that the previous government was not biased in terms of its own views… but biaseness is much more evident now,” Sen said, while also referring to the issues related to religion.

“India has survived… There was Shah Bano case, Babri Masjid case…,” he said.

Sen further said that India’s nuclear power plant poses danger and cautioned, “I am worried our environmental sensitivities are confined to carbon” and referred to the recent agreement between India and Russia on expanding cooperation in atomic energy space.

“What if instead of 26/11 type attack killing 170, (the) terrorists bombed Tarapur killing a million,” Sen added.

He was speaking at the release function of economist Bina Agarwal’s three-volume compendium Gender Challenges.

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    Hemen Parekh
    Jan 13, 2016 at 5:33 am
    BATTLE for BABRI Even as the BATTLE for BABRI , is being fought out in the Supreme Court and on TV Channels , I request Shri Asaduddin Owaisi , Shri Subramanian Swamy , and leaders / opinion-makers from both the sides to consider my ( 2 year old ) following suggestion , to usher a lasting peace and harmony in the Indian Society : hemen parekh / blogs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Reach - Out Time ? Narendra Modi claims that the Muslims of Gujarat have buried the ghost of Godhra and a great majority of them voted for BJP in the recent State election There have been many communal ( anti-minority or anti-majority ) riots in most of the States of India since independence It does not serve any purpose to keep doing post-mortem , again and again It is obvious that the new generation ( including the descendents of the victims ) want to close the chapter and move on to a better / peaceful life If , development of Muslims brought about a harmonious communal relations in Gujarat , surely it could be replicated on a national scale , all over the country Narendra Modi has a fantastic opportunity to drive across this message by incorporating the following ACTIONS in BJP’s 2014 Election Manifesto : O Resettling of riot victims ( belonging to any community and residing in any state ) , in Government-built houses , within one year of coming to power O Simultaneous dismantling of , so-called “ Minority Ghettos “ , thru dispersal of minorities throughout the cities , for better integration within a city’s majority potion O Granting Cabinet Minister status to the Chiefs of Minority Commission / Women’s Commission / Human Rights Commission O Providing for greater representation in the Central Cabinet to the people of the North-Eastern States and the Naxal affected areas O Up gradation of the educational insutions belonging to the minorities O Greater representation to Minority Youth in “ Skills Development Program “ under NSDC O At the disputed Ayodhya site , creation of a “ WORLD PEACE COMPLEX “ comprising of : * Ram Temple ( for Hindus ) * Mosque ( for Muslims ) * Church ( for Christians ) * Temple ( for Buddhists ) * Synagogue ( for Jews ) * Akshar-Dham ( for Jains ) * Gurudwara ( for Shikhs ) * UNIVERSITY for COMPARATIVE STUDIES of WORLD RELIGIONS * Hospitals ( like Netralaya / Hridayalaya ) * India Heritage / History Museum * Business Convention--Industry Exhibition Centre * Tourist Complex And right in the center of the complex , a giant statue of the “ FATHER of the NATION “ I invite readers to add to this list Even if for all the wrong reasons [ viz; 2014 Elections ], let BJP not miss this opportunity to initiate steps for integration of the minorities into the mainstream of political / economical / social development of our country It is about time to exhibit , BJP’s truly “ SECULAR “ nature ( non-UPA variety ? ) It is time to stop mere Congress-bashing ( with which , people are fed-up ) and promise some genuine positive actions to the MINORITIES And of all the leaders of BJP , who is better placed for such “ Pro-Activism “ than Narendrabhai ? Carpe Diem ( Seize the Day ! ) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ hemen parekh ( 21 Sept 2013 )
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