West Bengal BJP chief questions Aamartya Sen’s contributions for country, draws flak

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Kolkata | Published: February 12, 2017 3:58:31 PM

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh was criticised from several quarters for making a personal attack against Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, questioning his achievements and character.

Speaking at a function in Kolkata, the BJP leader Dilip Ghosh said nobody understands what Amartya Sen has achieved. (PTI)Speaking at a function in Kolkata, the BJP leader Dilip Ghosh said nobody understands what Amartya Sen has achieved. (PTI)

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh was criticised from several quarters for making a personal attack against Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, questioning his achievements and character. Speaking at a function in Kolkata, the BJP leader said nobody understands what Amartya Sen has achieved. Questioning his contributions, he asked what he has achieved for the country. He also added that people like him, who lacked “backbone and character” were now Bengal’s pride. The BJP leader also attacked present intellectuals of the state and said that such people could be bought and sold. Dilip Ghosh further said that in earlier times, Bengal’s intellectuals were revered for their ideas and thoughts, but things have changed now.

The BJP leader also attacked present intellectuals of the state and said that such people could be bought and sold. Dilip Ghosh further said that in earlier times, Bengal’s intellectuals were revered for their ideas and thoughts, but things have changed now.

Soon after his statement were telecast on television channels, the state’s civil society condemned him. Speaking on the issue Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das said it was ridiculous to question Amartya sen’s scholarship and personality, as the entire world knows about him. He also added that such kind of statement’s won’t dilute his scholarship.

Condemning the BJP leader’s comments educationist Sukanta Chowdhury said what he said were “highly insulting” and added that such comments end up spoiling social environment.

State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee felt that Dilip Ghosh had insulted all Bengalis with his comment. He further said that the BJP leader flexes his muscles for survival always.

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Taking a dig at the BJP leader, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Salim pointed out that those who do their politics by using faith and religion can never accept scholars like Amartya Sen. Economist Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and Bharat Ratna in 1999. He had recently flayed the demonetisation exercise of the NDA government.

(With inputs from IANS)

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