1. Presidential election 2017: Amartya Sen says Congress lost in game of tactics versus BJP

Presidential election 2017: Amartya Sen says Congress lost in game of tactics versus BJP

Presidential election 2017: Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen says Congress lost in the game of tactics versus the BJP.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 10:09 AM
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Presidential election 2017: Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has said that Congress lost in the game of tactics versus the BJP by nominating Meira Kumar as the opposition’s candidate after the saffron party had already picked Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind for the upcoming poll. Congress delayed the announcement of Kumar’s name, giving BJP the benefit of the “first move”, according to Sen.

The BJP first announced the name of then Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA candidate for the poll and his election looks almost certain. Sen writes in The Indian Express, “Had she been put forward earlier as the well thought-out strategic choice of someone coming from a Dalit background, and having important political experience and vision, she could have attracted much more support than she would now be able to get as a belated tactical choice, after the BJP had already locked up quick support for their own Dalit candidate.”

Sen also rues Congress-led opposition’s failure to put up a “visionary candidate” for the election. “The opposition remained inert, waiting for the BJP to make the first move,” he writes, adding, “The Congress, as the inheritor of Mahatma Gandhi’s tradition, could have gone for an intelligent strategy with national appeal. The much-aired name of Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who has great intellectual and evocative strength to animate political discussion about the right vision for India, did not evidently suit the present thinking of the Congress.”

Sen says the Congress turned the Presidential election into a contest of “tactics” instead of “strategies”. “But at the tactical level, the BJP has proved itself, again and again, to be much smarter than the Congress,” the scholar writes citing examples of the recent Goa and Manipur Assembly elections where BJP formed both governments with “smart and quick alliances” even after coming second to the Congress in terms of numbers.

The Presidential election 2017 is scheduled to take place on July 17.

Sen’s article “Towards Unfreedom” is heavily critical of the present government and prevailing situation in the country.  Sen claims, “The country that welcomed people fleeing persecution abroad, and allowed the immigrating minorities to have their own beliefs and practices (and food habits), now harbours gangs of wild men hunting down beef-eaters, and killing people — very poor people — whose employment in the leather industry arouses the suspicion of faithful believers in the holiness of the cow.”

Sen cites several other examples such as CBI raid on NDTV owners and fake sedition charges against some people for allegedly supporting Pakistan in a cricket match etc. to claim that the “country is made to descend down the ladder of intolerance and unfreedom” under the present BJP-led government at the Centre.

Sen says, “In the suppression of India’s tolerant tradition, the ruling party, the BJP, has clearly played a gigantic role.”

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    S Banerjee
    Jul 9, 2017 at 9:07 am
    Its time Sen is injected with some sense. India has always welcomed immigrants. But those immigrants like Paris, Jews never killed and opposed the original inhabitants, the Hindus. The early Muslims came as traders. But the majority came as marauding invaders who killed millions of Hindus. Will this no good economist please read the 800 year long holocaust of the Hindus under Muslim rule. The mass murders, rapes and conversion under the Ghaznis, Ghori, Tughlaq, Bahmani kingdom, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Sen feels that the CBI raid on NDTV promoters is a raid on freedom of the press. Does he believe that promoters of media companies are free to loot and launder black.money? The know-all Senmust do some serious research on the NDTV Scams. What was his contribution to our nation building? Zilch. Sen was propped up by the Congress and his words prove. Gandhiji wanted Congress wound up after Independence, it's raison d'être. Certainly this Congress is not the inheritor of Gandhi.
    1. D
      Jul 6, 2017 at 10:49 am
      Amartya Sen is a worried man. BJP seems to have created fear in him. Why not Congress chooses him as Vice presidential candidate. At least he will be around to guide the party which inherited Mahatma Gandhi in spite of His wishes to dissolve Congress Party.
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        Shashi shekhar singh
        Jul 5, 2017 at 3:36 pm
        I am surprised how this gentlemsn won the nobel prixe. Can any govt. Worth its salt can tolerate anti national activities on its soil which he is professing in the name of freedom of expression. He is no longer a citizen of India then why he is taking so mh interest in the day to day happenings in the country. His myopic eyes fsil to find any good in this governance.
        1. M
          Jul 5, 2017 at 1:57 pm
          This so called intellectual has no idea of Indian society, particularly rural part of country.Such pseudo intellectual should keep his tactics upyog himself and spend his suvidha bhogi life without disturbing we Indians.
          1. H
            Jul 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm
            All the response see here r bjp paid trolls. they have no independent mind. They write what bjp and rss tells them. Now they r not spare g no El laureate Amartya Sen. They r nothing compared to Mr Sen. They want to spread enmity in the name of religion. They r the the face of 21st century Hitler army. But don't worry. Eventually their thinking g and their bigotry will be defeated by the people of India through a revolution
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              Niranjan Rath
              Jul 5, 2017 at 1:12 pm
              We Indian citizen expects opinion regarding financial matters rather than political from an economist like Mr.sen. Regards
              1. S
                Jul 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm
                Dr.Amartya Sen has lost all his respect from the society now as his pronounced Congress leaning and a despicable bias against the Hindus being elicited by himself by his worthless rantings. He speaks out bias unashamedly as though he is an expert in all the fields. If he were honest, why he hasn't talked a single word about the Hindus being killed, Hindu temples being desecrated and their houses bring set on fire by the Muslims' in his native state of West Bengal. Why is he selective about his support for the Muslims' causes in India and remains silent on the issues wherein the Hindus are being the victims currently massacred in the series of riots in West Bengal! He is full fledged Congress man and behaves like it in every issue!
                1. Nagaraj Subramanian
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 11:36 am
                  We should be worried about Bihari can cancer and Bengali laziness
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                    Prakash gartia
                    Jul 5, 2017 at 11:02 am
                    Sen has literature sense but no common sense for national development. He is supporting a corrupt party
                    1. MAHESH PANDIT
                      Jul 5, 2017 at 10:59 am
                      Amartya Sen you better come down to India and serve for people of this country instead of screaming from rooftop of foreign soil. Nobody listen or care for your comments or this useless articles.
                      1. S
                        Jul 5, 2017 at 10:27 am
                        His real pain is none of the parties considered his name for Presidentship.
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                          Narendra Kumar Mullick
                          Jul 5, 2017 at 10:25 am
                          Amartya Sen' s comments do not cut ice. They are clearly ulterior, motivated targeted at our best performing BJP government its progressive policies. He is ruining whatever is left of his re tion by being biased vindictive. He is upset with BJP for not giving him the importance he thinks he deserves because of his noble prize. He makes it his business to comment in matters concerning the country with sole objective of defaming the government and in every way to help the discredited Congress Communists
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                            Vijay S
                            Jul 5, 2017 at 10:14 am
                            Does anyone cares what Amartya thinks ?
                            1. S
                              Jul 5, 2017 at 9:56 am
                              Dr Amartya Sen has been wasting time by poking nose in the areas which is not expected from him. In fact he should recuse himself from such analyses, blogs and commentaries , since he has been harbouring grudges and prejudices against the present dispensation since the days his association with Nalanda was not renewed. Otherwise he should join congress party and become their chief national spokesperson .
                              1. K
                                Jul 5, 2017 at 10:28 am
                                He is intelligent than much of the BJP supporters!
                              2. Vikramaditya Shakari
                                Jul 5, 2017 at 9:23 am
                                1. Sen has begun talking about caste, etc. apart from economics. 2. He thinks Congress is now following Gandhiji's ideals, whereas BJP is full of anti—Muslim, pro—“Hindutva" gau rakhshasas. Perhaps he thinks cow meat is best. 3. He says India welcomed everyone and all faiths, but long ago he left his country to settle in comfort. Certainly he will be rewarded. We stayed in India and will suffer her glory and ignominy. You be there and take care of yourself, "sir".
                                1. K
                                  Jul 5, 2017 at 10:38 am
                                  Cow meat is best in test. You could follow PM to US to check that. When you ppl found glory to have friends as US, the largest amount of gau-eaters what the you are talking, you've already lost the iden y to be a human! If you follow a religion, it teaches utmost cooperation among human but Hindutva is not a religion thats why you chose to kill human for a cow. In that sense the whole world is against you! Mr. Sen is in his opinion. We respect and adore him. You already lost your right to comment on him.
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                                    satish kumar
                                    Jul 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm
                                    Burnol best bet for you porkie
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                                  Hari shiva
                                  Jul 5, 2017 at 9:12 am
                                  This irrelevant is not able to make any income as he had previously by boot licking the congis and so called secular parties. So he is just ranting due to helplessness. Pathetic beggar.
                                  1. D
                                    Jul 5, 2017 at 8:45 am
                                    Did he get his noble prize also by tactics. It seems, if there were a Nobel prize in tactics and fraud, this gentle man would have surely bagged that too. Ha ha.
                                    1. J
                                      Jul 5, 2017 at 8:35 am
                                      Mr Sen lost job of crores that he got for doing nothing but because of blessing of Congress. He was a liability on exchequer i.e. poor people. Now he is advising Congress that looted country for 65 years and such type of so called intellectuals got huge benefits for doing nothing. Without completion of investigation of case against NDTV, he should have said nothing but this shows deep rooted corruption for which Modi striving for
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                                        Yogesh kathe
                                        Jul 5, 2017 at 8:15 am
                                        Dr sen u r the one intolarant person , who is trying to spread intolrance in tolarant india, u r talking like congress spoksperson, why u r not crying on kashmiri pandits sorrows .People like u are dengerous for my country . Shut your mouth
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                                          Jitender Parasar
                                          Jul 5, 2017 at 7:52 am
                                          Whatever is his credentials, He has lost his credentials in single-minded opposition of present regime. Seems to be a politician in the clothes of academician. God give him Long life and strength to oppose the way he is doing and support a family oriented politics.
                                          1. Hasmukh Raval
                                            Jul 5, 2017 at 7:34 am
                                            So far India is concerned Modi lead BJP/NDA government and its policy for upliftment of the Nation is best very much appreciable as compared to previous UPA government.
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