Amartya Sen calls Modi government minority government, slams it for Ramjas violence

Economist and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on Sunday attacked Modi government for the violence on the campus of Delhi University’s Ramjas college, calling it “wholly anti-democratic”.

In an interview with NDTV, Dr. Sen warned that if we can’t discuss a certain point of view even before the discussion begins is highly dangerous.

“Anti-national is a peculiar term to come from a minority government. It shows that there is a level of arrogance there. A 31 per cent vote share certainly does not allow you to label remaining 69 per cent to be anti-national,” Dr Sen said, referring to the BJP’s vote share in 2014 general elections.

After clashes between students on Wednesday over an invitation to Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid, junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju said colleges cannot be allowed to become “hub of anti-national activity”.

Criticising demonetisation, Sen said it was too early to link BJP’s gains in local polls in Maharashtra and Odisha to the success of the move.

“It is very hard to describe demonetisation as beneficial for India as a whole. The benefits of demonetisation are pretty much non-existent,” he added.


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