Amratya Sen “Modi Won Power, Not the Battle of Ideas”

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Amartya Sen on Modi

Amartya Sen who is is a professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard has written an article on Modi’s second term in The New York Times with a headline “Modi Won Power, Not the Battle of Ideas”.

He is also a Nobel laureate who got Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 and Bharat Ratna in 1999. 

He points out that India has discarded the pluralistic ideology of secularism laid by Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Nehru. According to him, it was because of the charismatic oratory skills he returned to power. He used hatred and loathing, which Atal Bihari Vajpayee would not have done. Sen also said that BJP poured huge amounts of money during April and May and Doordarshan gave double airtime to his political campaigns than other political parties.

Nothing to brag about his achievements:

He says that Modi won 2014 elections on the promise of corruption free, lack of red-tapism, employment opportunities, education etc but this time he had nothing to brag except Air-strikes ordered by him after Pulwama. It is to be noted that unemployment rates are at 45 years high, while there is nearly no difference in red-tapism or corruption as compared to earlier governments. 

Pragya Thakur

Hindu nationalist movement has been the deciding factor behind BJP’s historic win. He said Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused of Bomb Blast defeated Digvijay Singh by over three lakh votes said that Nathuram Godse was a patriot, to which even Prime Minister was forced to issue a statement. 


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Apart from Sen, a part of Indian media also does not like a terror accused going to Parliament and Atishi, who transformed Delhi’s schools not.

Rana Ayyub writes in TIME that in a year that celebrates Gandhi’s 150th birthday, Pragya Thakur will go to Parliament. 

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>What if Godse were a Muslim? This question was asked in the Sunday Times, 1 February 1948, page 4. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/GodseTheTerrorist?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#GodseTheTerrorist</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gandhi?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Gandhi</a> <a href=”https://t.co/HXbOSWvVw8″>pic.twitter.com/HXbOSWvVw8</a></p>&mdash; Heritage Times (@HeritageTimesIN) <a href=”https://twitter.com/HeritageTimesIN/status/1129093349229699072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

He concludes by saying that battle of power is different from battle of Ideas, and Mr Modi might have won that of power, but not ideas.

 

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