1. Amartya Sen skeptical over PM Narendra Modi’s idea of secularism

Amartya Sen skeptical over PM Narendra Modi’s idea of secularism

Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen today expressed skepticism about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's idea of secularism, asserting he would like to see "more action" in reaching out to the minorities.

By: | Published: July 7, 2015 10:34 PM

Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen today expressed skepticism about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of secularism, asserting he would like to see “more action” in reaching out to the minorities.

Sen also hit out at the Modi government over its “interference” in academia, saying it has never happened on this scale now and rued the “cuts” in the country’s health and education budget. “The academic interferance that we see now has never really happened in India on this scale.”

81-year old Sen replied in the affirmative when asked whether he was still skeptical about Modi’s secular credentials after his articulation of secularism as “India First” and “Sabka saath, sabka vikas” (harmony with all, development for all).

“Yes, the short answer is yes,” he told India Today TV channel

During the 2014 Lok Sabha poll campaign, Sen had said he would not like to see the Gujarat Chief Minister as the country’s Prime Minister.

In controvesial comments, Sen was then quoted as saying, “As an Indian citizen I don’t want Modi as my PM, he has not done enough to make the minorities feel safe.”

Sen today said he stood by his reservations to Modi donning the mantle of prime ministership.

“There is no particular reason to change it because the fear that I had that some of the worst aspects of the previous government, neglect of basic education, neglect of healthcare, neglect of nourishment would continue and intensify which is actually happening, in the budget as cut in funds…

And on top of that the problem of secularism would become more intense under the ‘hindutva rule’. And particularly given the Gujarat riots controversy, my confidence in his(Modi’s) ability to be a great defender of secular values wasn’t there,” Sen said.

Stating that he would like to see more action in terms of reaching out to the minorities, Sen said it should be a situation where there is an end to episodes like “ghar wapsi”, church attacks and giving preference to to “Hindus point of view” in the work of Indian Council of Historical research…”

“Then I think that would be an appropriate claim( on upholding secularism,” he said.

Modi said it is the duty of the state to protect every religion not to allow things to happen like what happened in 2002 Gujarat riots.

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  1. mukund chotai
    Jul 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm
    keep your theory for your self you may be an economist and people of Bengal have seen how you have bailed out with your economic theory opinion's when Bengal was in crisis when c p i m was ruling and age factor is making him forget about the riots happened in the w country when the congress ruled the country and he has forgotten about the emergency imposed by the congress why he could not talk about it at that time and when the sikh riots happened just because the congress favors him
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    1. Kshetij Thakker
      Jul 8, 2015 at 9:31 am
      In this Sen's insane remark if Modi is not capable to handle PM responsibilities then who is? Is Congress who has ruined, humiliated, ashamed, corrupted and divided India is fit to handle PM responsibilities? During hard times hard decision has to be taken. It seems that this Nobel Laureate economist The Amartya Sen has forgotten this saying or perhaps he does not have the required Gut to see through the hardships that needs to be done if India has to progress. It seems that Sen only see Gujarat Riots and nothing that has happened during Congress regime.
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        ls
        Jul 8, 2015 at 3:02 am
        Amartya Sen, stick to Economics. Keep your definition of (pseudo)secularism to yourself
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          Mayur
          Jul 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm
          In absolute agreement with you Sir! What this government is trying to accomplish is to systematically single out the minorities of the country and is engaged in pively attacking the very idea of secularism. The silence of the PM on various communal issues and the statements by his Mp's are testimony to this. Let alone that, in this country of ours in which we have freedom of speech, even a single word against the PM or hi office is met with serious contempt. this shouldn't be the case. The prime minister is the supreme servant of the country, not the supreme leader.
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            Roha
            Jul 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm
            It is unfortunate that past rulers still couldn't understand the current requirement; they are still seems to be involved on muddy politics, try hard to loop up the current Government in small or not much significant issues. It is sure that they are trying hard to make 'artificial scam' or using their own agents to crate scams for returning to power, cases in MP are the best example.
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              Roha
              Jul 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm
              It is unfortunate that past rulers still couldn't understand the current requirement; they are still seems to be involved on muddy politics, try hard to loop up the current Government in small or not much significant issues. It is sure that they are trying hard to make 'artificial scam' or using their own agents to crate scams for returning to power, cases in MP are the best example.
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                Rajendran
                Jul 8, 2015 at 5:29 am
                Amartya is known leftist. He could not successfully do one ignment, that is heading Nalandha university, properly and he has come to comment on Mr.Modi who has to run entire country! It is easy to write a book Mr.Sen, but very difficult to show in action. We have some sayings in Tamil. Even thousand words cannot match one action! The book curry will subsute sabji curry! So Mr.Sen, even if you write thousand books, it will not be useful unless prove your mettle in action!
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                  rajat
                  Jul 8, 2015 at 5:28 pm
                  I am skeptical about the relevance of a senile leftist
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                    t p
                    Jul 8, 2015 at 6:04 pm
                    Dhanyawad & Jai Hind
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                      t p
                      Jul 8, 2015 at 3:26 pm
                      Mr. Sen Is converted one or original ! Where was he when the train was burnt by the Aulaads of the Auragzeb ?
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                        t p
                        Jul 8, 2015 at 3:21 pm
                        Very beffiting reply to Mr. Sen. Thanks Mr. Thakker. Wish India to shine like a bright star on global sky under the leadership of Mr. Modi.
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                          varghese.al
                          Jul 8, 2015 at 5:09 pm
                          this vision is endorsed by the way FDI or make in India is moving. who will support from western world or middle east? keeping your anti minority retort?
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                            SC
                            Jul 8, 2015 at 6:50 am
                            Dr. Amartya Sen seems to be a "planted" Nobel Prize winner and we do not expect any thing good from him except spreading hatred against India, Indian people and against Indian Prime Minister because he is full of hatred. The interviewer of this interview is also known for his hatred against Narendra Modi. India needs to be protected from illiterate persons like Dr. Amartya Sen and also interviewer who represented destructive forces of India.
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                              GV Vishwas
                              Jul 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm
                              Amartya is a Martya. He is dead.
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                                GV Vishwas
                                Jul 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm
                                uranjeb was much better.
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