Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I don’t want Modi as PM

Says Amartya Sen

I don't want Modi as PMComing out strongly against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen yesterday said he does not want him to become India’s prime minister as he does not have secular credentials.
The prominent economist also criticised Modi’s model of governance saying he did not approve of it.
“Yes, I don’t want him,” Sen told CNN-IBN in reply to a question on whether he wanted him as his prime minister.
“As an Indian citizen I don’t want Modi as my PM … He has not done enough to make minorities feel safe,” he said.
Despite proving himself as a very successful chief minister, Modi remains a highly divisive figure in Indian politics over allegations that his government did nothing   to stop the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Some 2,000 people mainly Muslims were killed during the month-long unrest, according to rights groups. One of Modi’s former ministers was jailed for life for instigating the killings but several investigations have cleared Modi of personal responsibility.
On being asked why he did not want so, Sen said, “He could have first of all been more secular and he could have made the minority community feel more secure.”
“I don’t think the record is very good. 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 organised 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 said physical infrastructure in Gujarat may be good but Modi has not done enough for minorities or for the majority. He also said that the Gujarat model needs to do much more on the health and education sectors and bring equity.
He said Modi could have made the majority community feel that they are not maltreating the minority and going against the long Indian tradition of being tolerant.
BJP recently anointed Modi as chairman of its election campaign committee. He is widely believed to be the party’s choice for the prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
And BJP President Rajnath Singh yesterday virtually anointed Narendra Modi as its man to the top job after he ruled himself out of the prime ministerial race.

  • Ajit Kumar Das, India

    Indian democracy started with adult franchise and has moved forward through decades, managing myriad castes, religions, classes and communities. The Indian PM must be secular, tolerant and inspired by the vision of India as a nation.

    • Mohabbat

      Secularism shakes and rattles when IM attacks, or when a bunch of Pak Jihadis commit massacres in Mumbai Taj. Just like it does in Bangladesh today. Unfortunately.

      • Dev Saha

        Our Jihadists love secularism in a foreign country. What a paradox!

  • nds

    For Indians it is less said the better so far as US doles are concerned. Playing second fiddle to US is the state policy being pursued by both by the ruling and the aspiring governments in India. US doles constitute the hopes and aspirations of modern India and for that matter almost all countries of the world.So it is better not to speak of it.

    • Ash C.

      Very well said.

  • Ash C.

    Any person with the slightest of humanity left in him will want Narendra Modi, widely known as the Butcher of Gujarat, as the PM of secular India. This maniac, in an interview to Reuters earlier this month proclaimed (not for the first time) himself to be a Hindu Nationalist & compared the 2000 plus (almost all Muslims) killed in the hands of his supporters in 2002 Gujarat riot with puppy – when asked if he had any regrets over the Gujarat carnage of 2002. No minority community is safe with Modi around!

    • T. Husain

      Well, Sir, a great majority of Indian adores Modi whether you like it or not. And you talk about humanity? Where is that Rashogolla? Sadly, in Indian sub-continent, you are a Hindu or a Muslim, is there anything in between? Modi may not win the election and becomes Indian PM but he will remain the torchbearer of Hindu India, the phoney secular country.

      • Ash C.

        A first round TKO for me, Mr. Husain! I should understand better what you’re saying having lived there in the capital & moved around a little!

      • Dev Saha

        The bigots want others to be kinder and gentler!

      • Ash C.

        True – as we see some followers of Modi on this page too.

    • Dev Saha

      Why criticize Modi when you ignore atrocities against the minorities in Bangladesh in 2001 when BNP/Jamat won the election? Why is this dichotomy, brother? What crime did we commit? And, people like you love to call us fifth columnists? I get it, you love a religious state at home but want a secular state in a foreign country? This is pretty hilarious!

  • Dev Saha

    I do not mind people Like Sen criticizing Modi but when it comes from people like you, I get suspicious. As I have seen so far, many of our own Modis hate Indian Modi but love our own indigenous Modis. My intention was just to point out the hypocrisy of our own bigots.

  • Dev Saha

    And, that is why it took us forty years to prosecute our own mass killers of 71? We seem to be totally oblivious to our own body odor.

  • Ash C.

    In response Dev Saha:

    “Who cares what people like you suspect or not sitting inside or from across the border! However, in the very first place I should not have dignified your comments with an answer overlooking the fact what you actually are. Your own
    Disqus profile gives you out! Henceforth, there will be no further response to you.”

    • Dev Saha

      You take the easy route, right? Discuss shows you that I got an Indian passport? Pretty fertile thought! Is that how you argue with people who disagree with you? I have posted even in some Arabian and American newspapers. Does that make me an Arabian or American?

      Listen pal, do your charity at home before you venture beyond your boundary! Indians are well equipped to vote whichever rat they want as their next PM.

    • Dev Saha

      Mr. Sen lives across the border. But you care? Right! Are you an Indian?

      • Samih34

        Are you, by any chance, comparing yourself with Dr. Amartya Sen? And, one does not have to be an Indian or of any other particular nationality to care for & respect Dr. Sen who carries immense recognition in the intellectual world.

        • Dev Saha

          It was to point out a fallacy of an argument. Mr. Ash thinks I am Indian and hence I have no right to make a point. If anybody got a Hindu name and take on some obnoxious weed, he/she becomes automatically a nasty Indian? And, yet, the man adores Mr. Sen, who lives across the border. Why is this dichotomy, Sir?

          No, I did not compare myself with anybody. Because, that would be really silly. Read your friend’s post before you reply!

          • Samih34

            Sorry, there appears to be no indication as such in Mr. Ash’s comment. It is your very wrong assumption & I can say with all confidence that religion or a name has no bearing on the readers of this site.

          • Samih34

            However, some people seem to just pounce on anyone with derogatory comments whenever any Indian issue of not to their liking is discussed on this site. There is no shame in being of a nationality & standing for it. That is how it should be & all would respect that – but NOT while one pretends to be of another nationality & avail the scope by showering readers with uncalled for remarks – whenever they feel like defending their actual country of allegiance. And that is when the question is raised. For instance, except a Bangladeshi of totally deranged mentality will tauntingly dare another fellow citizen to intrude in to India to face the BSF ‘hospitality’!

  • Swami

    Mr. Sen, Your academic papers on economy may win you noble prize. But Modi’s practical economic model has empowered middle class and fed the poor. Your opinions are based on mere theories and lobbied by congress.

    • Dev Saha

      Mr. Sen is not a Milton Friedman. Indian voters are fully equipped for their next challenge. Lecturing voters about their choices seldom worked. If democracy has worked for Indians for last sixty years, it would not disappear after next election.

  • Samih34

    Let us not dig the tunnel to bring out the ‘crock’ that would show the true color of some zealots! Your comments deserve no further attention. So, as you said: “I rest case” – let us all rest.

  • Samih34

    Let us not dig the tunnel to bring out the ‘crock’ that would show the true color of some zealots! Your comments deserve no further attention. So, as you said: “I rest case” – let us all rest. Thank you.