NEW DELHI: Bharat Ratna and Nobel Prize winner Dr Amartya Sen has come out with all guns blazing against Narendra Modi as the choice for the prime minister of India.
“As an Indian citizen, I don’t want Modi as my PM… He has not done enough to make minorities feel safe,’’ the renowned economist said in an interview with CNN-IBN television network.
Sen, who is very close to fellow economist and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said, “He (Modi) could have first of all been more secular and he could have made the minority community feel more secure.”
Obviously referring to Modi’s alleged role during the Godhra riots in 2002,” the economist said, “I think I don’t have to be a member of the minority in order to feel insecure… We Indians don’t want a situation where the minority feel insecure and could legitimately think that there was an organized violence against them in 2002. I think that is a terrible record and I don’t think Indian Prime Minister as an Indian citizen… Of who has that kind of record. No, I do not.”
Sen also found fault with Modi’s model of governance in Gujarat.
“I don’t think the record is very good…Gujarat record in education and healthcare is pretty bad and he has to concentrate on that… as much as he is concentrating quietly as it has happened on physical infrastructure.’’
Asked to compare Modi and Nitish Kumar, the Nobel Prize winner said, “That comparison is slightly unfair. Nitish is dealing with the poorest in India, Modi is dealing with a relatively richer state… I think in his condition Nitish is showing a great vision. In a way that will be very important for the future of Bihar.’’
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