MUMBAI: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen says he wont’ apologize for his statement in which he said that as an Indian citizen he won’t accept Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country.
“I am not apologizing for the statement on Modi…as an Indian citizen I am very worried that we’re not doing enough on many things in public discourse, that we’re not raising the right viewpoints on several issues,” the famous economist told the Times of India.
Sen said it was his fundamental right to raise such issues and also clarified that it was his duty as a member of the majority community to speak up about the fears of minorities.
“I’ve tried to point to this when it kept being brought up about why I made that statement about Modi. I felt that as a member of the majority community in India it is my duty, not merely my right, to speak up about the concerns of the minority. We often forget that as members of the majority,” Sen told the newspaper.
Maintaining that the Gujarat model of development was wrong, Sen said, “Despite the fact that there are many things that Modi has done as CM which are interesting and important — and I’ve talked about them even though when held up as a model I don’t think it makes for a very good one — there’s still that scare, that sense of fear.”