Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Home Editor's picks Amartya Sen lies about the 10% reservation bill, obfuscates on farm loan waivers and...

Amartya Sen lies about the 10% reservation bill, obfuscates on farm loan waivers and fear mongers about ‘intolerance’

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen is a talented man who seems to specialise in lying, obfuscating and fear mongering. In this recent interview to the Times of India, the economist seems to have done just that.

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen is a talented man who seems to specialise in lying, obfuscating and fear mongering. In this recent interview to the Times of India, the economist seems to have done just that.

On 10th January 2019, Times of India published a short interview with Amartya Sen that covered a host of topics including the 10% reservation for economically backward people that has been passed by the Modi government. The 124th Constitutional Amendment Bill, that facilitated the reservation, was passed both by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Amartya Sen’s interview to Times of India had several lies and loopholes that, interestingly, the interviewer never seemed to counter.

Lies about 10% reservation for the poor being an ‘upper caste’ quota

The Times of India interview quotes Amartya Sen as saying that the “upper caste” quota brought in by the BJP government is an example of “muddled thinking” and may have “serious political and economic repercussions”.

He then goes on to say that these reservations seem to be BJP’s bid to “woo upper caste votes”.

Interestingly, a Nobel Laureate has lied an obfuscated on an important policy decision blatantly. The 10% reservation bill has no mention of “upper castes”. In fact, this reservation bill is for the general category and has no considerations of caste or religion. The only criteria in this reservation are the economic status of a family.

Says Citizenship Bill and NRC discriminatory against Muslims, against Indian Constitution

Amartya Sen asserted that the National Registry for Citizens and the Citizenship Bill was ‘discriminatory’ on the grounds of ‘religion’ particularly against Muslims. He also asserts that such discrimination is against the Constitution of India. What Amartya Sen fails to realise is that the NRC and Citizenship Bill is to weed out illegal immigrants from the Country. Illegal immigrants are people who are staying in the country with no legitimate documents and are not Indian citizens at all. The Nobel Laureate attempts to confuse his readers since he doesn’t bother to consider that those who aren’t Indian Citizens have no right to live in the Country as is. To say that Indian law that wants to deport illegals is against the Indian Constitution is absurd.

The Indian Constitution guarantees equality to Indian citizens regardless of caste, colour, creed or religion. However, one cannot invoke the Constitution of the Country to railroad the Government into accepting illegal immigrants. The truth of the matter is that elements like Sen invoke religion to polarise a law and order problem because it helps the political side they wish to support.

Peddles the same ‘intolerance’ narrative yet again

The ‘intolerance’ cottage industry refuses to stand down and in this interview with the Times of India, Amartya Sen has made this absurd allegation yet again.

He says that if someone is a Hindu or Christian, they have a right to comment, but if someone is a Muslim, they don’t have that right. He says this is an “enormous violation of the spirit of the Constitution”. He then invokes “case of Naseeruddin Shah” to make his point.

Interestingly, folks like Amartya Sen forget that Naseeruddin Shah was accepted and appreciated by Indians, who he derides today, without the slightest consideration to his religion. It is when he was seen to tarnish the image of the country, that people spoke out. Naseeruddin Shah even sided with Naxals who wish to break this country into pieces, and that, cannot be called “speaking up in the favour of Muslims”. Interestingly, Naseeruddin Shah also never spoke about the Muslim cow traders who are attacked by Muslims smugglers. If anything, it proves that Naseeruddin Shah has a political agenda and does not speak for the interest of Muslims.

Amartya Sen, however, has raised the ‘intolerance’ bogey several times in the past. On 30th April 2014, Sen proclaimed that minorities have valid reasons to fear Modi. Such statements during Lok Sabha elections are an example of practically campaigning against a person. It is thus evident that Amartya Sen is merely politically motivated than intellectually honest.

Obfuscates on the issue of farmer loan waiver

Since Congress has announced farmer loan waiver in the three states where they are in power, Amartya Sen has chosen to throw his intellectual honesty as an Economist to the wind the obfuscate on the matter of farmer loan waivers.

He says that while farmer loan waiver has its share of problems, it also has its benefits. He says “those who want to impact the lives of people may think it has a good cause on ethical grounds”. As an Economist, one would have expected Amartya Sen to comment on the various issues related to farmer loan waiver and how the Congress’ hollow promises have failed miserably with multiple farmer suicides despite such a “waiver”, a “waiver” with conditions and the fact, that in Karnataka only 800 farmers had reaped benefits. He also doesn’t mention that several farmers are still getting repayment notices, or that in Madhya Pradesh, there is already a potential scam brewing in Rajasthan.

Amartya Sen had almost campaigned for a united front and also appealed to people to not vote for the Prime Minister in 2014. It is evident that Sen is extremely politically motivated and is not past lying. During the Congress regime, during his tenure as chairman of the Nalanda University board (and de facto chancellor), key appointments to the university have been dogged by controversies relating to nepotism and non-transparency. It is confounding that someone who has been marked with such controversies would today take the high moral ground, and unsurprising that he would actively become a political voice to the campaign against the Prime Minister, veiling his politicking with his Nobel prize.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Fact-check: Is Prasar Bharati shutting down AIR radio stations in Kerala?

Prasar Bharati CEO took to Twitter to reply to allegations that AIR stations are being shut to cut down cost.

After Barkha Dutt failed to whitewash Khalistan supporter Deep Sidhu, Shekhar Gupta’s The Print picks up the pieces

Actor Deep Sidhu continues to refuse to call Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale a terrorist while he keeps participating in farmer protests

Father of Shehla Rashid files complaint against her saying she’s threatening him with life, accuses her of being involved in ‘notorious activities’

The father of the career-protestor-turned-politician Shehla Rashid claims the latter being involved in 'notorious activities'

Farmer group bats for ‘middlemen’, hails them as ‘service providers’ while scare-mongering about reforms in agriculture sector

Protesting farmers say that they are happy to pay commission to middlemen, claims new farm laws are not needed for their protection

What they never told you when they said India was the worst performing emerging economy

India’s economy contracted by 23.9%. For comparison, Brazil’s GDP contracted by 11.9% and Russia’s GDP by 8%. So, did they really do better than India?

Assam closes down temporary Covid-19 care centres, gears up to reopen elementary schools as pandemic gets under control

Assam has been witnessing reduced cases of Covid-19 with recovery rate of 98 per cent and the death rate of 0.46 per cent

Recently Popular

SFJ ads appear on YouTube offering $10m support for farmers, in return, wants Sikhs to join ‘Khalistan movement’: Details

Amid ongoing farmers’ protests in Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi, it is evident that Khalistani supporters have hijacked the protests and now, they are running ads on YouTube

Wife of late Wajid Khan writes on her sufferings in an inter-faith marriage, says anti-conversion law should be nationalised

Wife of late music composer Wajid Khan wrote how her husband and his family had been forcing her to convert to Islam after their marriage

Shiv Sena to organise Azaan recitation competition, party leader calls it as important as ‘Maha Aarti’

Shiv Sena is to bear the cost of the event and will also reward the contest winners.

Indian Idol contestant reveals how she faced opposition from conservative Muslim society as singing is ‘not allowed’

The Indian Idol contestant revealed how women in her society are looked down upon if they try to excel in any field.

Indian man proposes to his Australian girlfriend during Ind vs Aus cricket match, here is what happened next

While India's performance has been below par, netizens found happiness in the unusual proposal that became the highlight of the match.

His family called our children ‘illegitimate’ because I didn’t convert to Islam’: Late music composer Wajid Khan’s wife reveals

Wajid Khan's wife has stated to Times of India that the late music composer's family never accepted her wedding under the Special Marriages Act because she had refused to convert to Islam.

Leaked Wuhan documents: China misled the world about its mismanagement of Coronavirus pandemic, says report

The internal documents also revealed that it took roughly 23.3 days to process a case (from someone experiencing symptoms to confirmed diagnosis). While considering the internal difficulties, experts have conceded that the time lag was extraordinary.

Fact-check: Is Prasar Bharati shutting down AIR radio stations in Kerala?

Prasar Bharati CEO took to Twitter to reply to allegations that AIR stations are being shut to cut down cost.

After Barkha Dutt failed to whitewash Khalistan supporter Deep Sidhu, Shekhar Gupta’s The Print picks up the pieces

Actor Deep Sidhu continues to refuse to call Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale a terrorist while he keeps participating in farmer protests

Pilibhit: 12-year-old boy escapes from madrassa alleging he was chained and tortured by his teacher

A 12-year-old boy was beaten by head of the Al-Jamiatul Razvia Madinatul Islam madrassa in Pilibhit after he tried to go home

Father of Shehla Rashid files complaint against her saying she’s threatening him with life, accuses her of being involved in ‘notorious activities’

The father of the career-protestor-turned-politician Shehla Rashid claims the latter being involved in 'notorious activities'

Private procurements from Adnai group helped eliminate middlemen and generate more income, reveals apple farmers from Himachal Pradesh

Apple Orchard manager Manjeet Singh Dhillon informed that Adani group had been purchasing apples from farmers since 2006.

Eight months after cutting water supply of migrants to drive them away in middle of pandemic, Arvind Kejriwal govt offers free water to protesting...

Delhi Jal Board VP and AAP MLA Raghav Chadha himself went to Burari to ensure water tankers are available for protesting farmers

‘Shaheen Bagh returns’: Netizens react as protesting ‘farmers’ served biryani at Ghazipur in New Delhi

Biryani at the ongoing farmers' protest brings back memories of the 'organic' Shaheen Bagh protests

Farmer group bats for ‘middlemen’, hails them as ‘service providers’ while scare-mongering about reforms in agriculture sector

Protesting farmers say that they are happy to pay commission to middlemen, claims new farm laws are not needed for their protection

Protests against farm laws are based on rumours and misinformation: PM Modi punctures holes in the propaganda surrounding farm laws

PM Modi noted, "The government is consistently addressing the fears and queries of farmers who are anxious about the government's decision."

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
491,269FollowersFollow
20,200SubscribersSubscribe