India has taken a quantum jump in the wrong direction after 2014: Amartya Sen

Eminent economist Amartya Sen said that despite being the fastest-growing economy the country has taken a "quantum jump in the wrong direction" since 2014.

Published: 08th July 2018 04:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2018 04:37 PM   |  A+A-

Noted Indian economist Amartya Sen. | PTI

Noted Indian economist Amartya Sen. | PTI


NEW DELHI: Eminent economist Amartya Sen said that despite being the fastest-growing economy the country has taken a "quantum jump in the wrong direction" since 2014.

He also said that due to moving backwards, the country is now second worst in the region.

"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," Sen said.

Twenty years ago, he added, of the six countries in this region -- India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, India was the second best after Sri Lanka.

"Now, it is the second worst. Pakistan has managed to shield us from being the worst."

The Nobel laureate was speaking here 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.

The economist said that the government has also deflected from issues of inequalities, the caste system and the scheduled tribes have been kept out.

There were a whole group of people, those who clean lavatories or sewage with their hands, he said, whose demands and needs has been neglected.

While highlighting the recent report of a Dalit youth who was whipped for asking a salary hike from the manager of a petrol pump in Madhya Pradesh, he said they (dalit) are going around without any kind of certainty about their next meal, healthcare or education.

Taking a dig at the BJP-led government, he 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 Also speaking at the event, development economist and activist Jean Dreze termed the soon-to-be-launched Ayushmann Bharat health scheme a "hoax" as it was actually not big as it was being claimed to be.

"The budget (for the scheme) for this year is 2,000 crore. Even if it is spent, it's less than 20 rupees per person," he said.

It is projected as health insurance for 50 crore people, but it is virtually nothing, said Dreze, who helped draft the first version of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA).

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  • VKD

    I wonder how person like Amartya Sen get Nobel prize. A common man able to see progress of country and this old man ignores the same. Doubt on his education.
    8 months ago reply
  • Nimu Noi

    If Prof Sen has targeted only anti-bjp minded then his words will be well-accepted without a question. If he wishes to influence those somewhat in the middle
    8 months ago reply
  • Deen

    Being a Noble laureate does not mean that he is always right in his saying........most of the times his remarks or comments are like a member of political opposition party rather than respected Economist. I considerhis most of the comments as tosh.....
    8 months ago reply
    • Dr shanker bhanuda

      Whose opinion we should rely on ? People who unfurl their questionable degrees ? Or People who display their disdain against intellectuals
      8 months ago reply
  • Misra

    I have stopped news papers and tv media for 3 source of Information is from people I touch daily. To say the least
    8 months ago reply
  • HRP

    Biased economist defending failures in the past. India has rejected such people.
    8 months ago reply
    • Dr Shanker Bhanuda

      Here India u mean u & Ur ilk only not all of us
      8 months ago reply
  • Sunil

    Arm chair economists sitting in air-conditioned offices are deciding on ground realities based on facts collected from limited samples and examples. Get real and not look at India with western outlook for self grandiosement
    8 months ago reply
  • Krishan

    Congress and Left admirer economist. He remained mum when Congress in 2013 emptied coffers to fetch votes by providing huge subsidy through public distribution system. Remained mum when Kejriwal announced free electricity and water as bribes for votes in Delhi election.
    8 months ago reply
  • Arun

    His novel prize was sponsored by the vested interests. Otherwise there is nothing like economist in his thought process. He is full of crude thoughts with fully sponsored content.
    8 months ago reply
  • Sudhir

    This Guy is nothing else but just one anti BJP
    8 months ago reply
  • AR

    Why this guy has to be negative because of a personal bias against a particular gentleman. India is robust now
    8 months ago reply
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