Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on Thursday responded to NITI Ayog’s Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar criticism of his comments that India, as a country has taken a Quantum leap backwards since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. Sen stated that Dalits and people hailing from minority communities have become mere victims of Organized killings. He pointed that Mobocracy, meaning a state dominated by the masses, and Disposim have created fear in the lives of people. He stated that people should be able to survive in a Democratic country, and celebrate the liberty to express their views about topics related to their nation.
Rajiv Kumar has asked Sen to actually come to India and see the work that is being done by the government for the good of the public. Amartya replied to him that even though India is a great country, the public believed that the government in rule had not done enough work for the people belonging to minority communities and Dalits, to make their lives easier. And if this continues, India won’t be a great country anymore.
Amartya Sen’s comments have been criticized by people, while others have also lauded him for speaking the truth about what is happening in the country, by looking at the examples of religious based lynchings and murders.