NEW DELHI: After Nobel laureate and Bharat Ratna Amartya Sen created storm earlier this week by saying that Narendra Modi is unfit to be India’s prime minister because of his non-secular credentials, another famous Indian economist Jagdish Bhagwati says he is neither for Modi nor Rahul Gandhi.
“As an Indian citizen, I don’t want Modi as my PM…He has not done enough to make minorities feel safe,” Amartya Sen had told CNN-IBN earlier his week
In an interview with the same channel, Bhagwati said on Thursday, “I have no particular affection for him (Modi). But I have no particular affection for Rahul Gandhi also.’’
Bhagwati, the 78-year-old professor at Columbia University, said, “I am not going to vote for Modi.’’
Asked about his opinion on Modi as Prime Minister, Bombay-born Bhagwati said he said he doesn’t go by personalities, adding,“I would also like to see debates between them like in America.’’
But unlike Amartya Sen, who has denounced Modi’s model of development, Bhagwati admitted that Gujarat, under Modi, has shown rapid growth on major social indicators.
“I don’t know what his model is. What has happened in Gujarat is that relatively rapid growth has taken place. He has actually been very good about getting license cleared very fast, he has added to electricity supply which is a big problem,’’ Bhagwati said.
“All of which is exactly the way development takes place and then I also find that social progress has taken place,” the noted economist said.
Bhagwati added, “I want all of the progressive people, no matter which party they belong to, to look at the ideas we are proposing and show where they stand and what they are going to do with these ideas.’’