India taken quantum jump in wrong direction, Amartya Sen Blames Modi

India taken quantum jump in wrong direction, Amartya Sen Blames Modi

Renowned scholar, well-known economist, Nobel Laureate Amartyasen has hit out at Modi government. He stated that India is the fastest growing country in "Backwards". "Things have gone pretty badly wrong... It has taken a quantum jump in the wrong direction since 2014. We are getting backwards in the fastest-growing economy," Amartya Sen said. He made the aforementioned comments at the launch of 'Bharat Aur Uske Virodhabhas', the Hindi edition of his book 'An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradiction' that he co-authored with development economist Jean Dreze.

With the economy is going down, Sen said, India is now second worst in the subcontinent region. Twenty years ago, of the six countries, - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan - India was the second best after Sri Lanka. "Now, it (India) is the second worst. Pakistan has managed to shield us from being the worst," said Sen.

Sen said the government deflected attention from the issues of inequalities and the caste system. The needs of a whole group of people, who cleaned lavatories or sewerage with their hands, were neglected.

Opposition Unity Is Important

Hitting out at the BJP-led government, the economist added that during freedom struggle it was difficult to see that a political battle could be won by playing up the Hindu identity, but that has changed now.

"But, that has happened. Which is why, at this time, the whole issue of Opposition unity is so important," the 84-year-old economist said. "It is not a battle of one entity against the other (or) Mr Modi against Mr Rahul Gandhi, it is an issue of what India is," Sen added.