The Nobel Laureate

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The recent interview of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and its report in the media has created a huge controversy. As most of us know by now that Amaratya Sen is reported to have said that he is not in favor of Mr. Modi as Prime Minister. Further, he gave his reason that as C.M. he allegedly failed to protect the minority community in the state of Gujarat.


Mr. Sen’s eminence in the field of economics is undoubtedly of a high order. Whether his theories have hold any relevance for our Country is all together another question. Most of us are also aware that he does not live in India and has definitely not in Gujarat. If that is the case one wonders about the basis of his comments on the condition of minorities in that state. Does he base his opinion on media reports? Or on feedback provided by the ruling Congress? And has he tried to make any kind of assessment by actually visiting the state?

Of course, there is no doubt that Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra should not have talked about stripping Amaratya Sen of the Bharat Ratna. He has also expressed his regrets, though a bit late. But the question remains, whether Sen should have passed the comment about Mr. Modi (a democratically elected chief minister) in the first place?


The matter does not rest here. Further, Sen is said to have stated that he would return the award if former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpee were to say so. The question that immediately comes to mind is whether Sen was aware of the condition of health of Mr. Vajpayee. And where was the question of dragging the former PM into the controversy when the highest civilian award is bestowed by the Government of India. Finally, in dragging the name of one of Modern India’s most successful leaders (at a time when he is ailing) has Mr. Sen conducted himself as a Nobel Laureate?

These are questions which need answers. I would invite your comments on this issue.

3 thoughts on “The Nobel Laureate

    pragnesh said:
    July 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    one chinese philosopher said , never criticize, condemn . if you can’t appreciate , you should not condemn. i truly agree with you , major of the time he visits abroad, he may visited few time only gujarat, how can u say that ?
    I born , bought up in gujarat , but now away from gujarat since last 15 year, and even in villages i found that growth is more than 100 % as compared to cogress ruling.

    pragnesh said:
    July 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    when you can’t work, at least let other people work and dont criticize, let him give one chance,
    i request all people that we should give compare what cogress govt. has done, list all scam , then decide. i respect amratnya sir, but his view is not practical, even we should impose one rule that all politician should retire by 58. so we get young president , not vajpai at least now.

      ridhima09 said:
      July 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Mr. Amartya Sen seems to be in favor of Mr. Rahul Gandhi for prime minister ship (even thought congress has not declared it, but the situation is directed in that way). Irrespective of whoever is declared as a candidate for prime minister ship by congress, the scams and inflation brought within two terms of UPA cannot be ignored. And when it comes to the factor of growth, I think India could have grown more within the past 10 years but rather the growth rate has slacked down from 8 percent to 6 percent (approx.). I don’t understand how can UPA justify it and then start accusing Narrendra Modi for random issues. At present, congress is trying very hard to dig out some scam against Narrendra Modi, but I am afraid to this that congress’s effort of doing so will go in vain, irrespective of the fact whether Narrender Modi wins the election or not. With the terrific personality and good leadership skills, Narrendra Modi can help change India’s situation. Since India is a democratic country and everyone has the right to put forth their opinion, Mr. Amartya Sen is also putting forth his opinion but on baseless, illogical and impractical grounds. Is Mr. Amartya Sen trying to say that there has been tremendous growth in tha past 10 years by the congress? Or he is just against Narrendra Modi due to personal bias ?

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