Today’s edition of newspapers carry articles in which Amartya Sen is once again indulging in his favorite pastime of talking down to the Indians. He is quoted as saying that the biggest crisis facing India at this juncture is “collapse of the nation.” In context of Teesta Setalvad’s recent arrest, Sen lamented: “It is extraordinary that colonial laws are being used to put people behind bars.”
Extraordinary? The colonial laws have been in place since 1947. Why has it taken so long for Sen to wake up to the existence of these laws? He rails against the colonial laws only when his cronies, people like Setalvad, whose dubious NGO is accused of involvement in all kinds of anti-social and illegal activities, become the target of these laws.
Throughout his life Sen has been a vehement supporter of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, and their Congress Party, that has ruled this country for much of the time since 1947. If there are colonial laws in the Indian legal system, then this is a failure of the past Congress governments. Why didn’t they repeal these laws when they were in power?
In the newspaper articles, Sen is making some of the usual hypocritical comments about both Hinduism and Islam being equal contributors to Indian culture. He talks about the Taj Mahal. He talks about Dara Shikoh, Shah Jahan’s son, getting 50 Upanishads translated from Sanskrit to Persian. He talks about the music of Ravi Shankar and Akbar Khan.
He says that he feels scared. He notes: “India cannot be (a country) of Hindus only.” Really? When has he spoken a word about the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits who have been forced to flee from their ancestral homeland in the Kashmir valley? For people like Sen, the Kashmiri Pandits do not exist.
Sen has the distinction of being not only the world’s worst economist—he is probably the only major economist who still supports the Soviet style planned economy—but also the worst social analyst. One of the reasons that the Congress Party was trounced in the 2013 election was that they were being advised by left-wingers like Sen.
Sen is accused of involvement in several scams—the most well-known of these scams is the Nalanda University scam. In his March 20, 2022, tweet, Subramanian Swamy called Sen a rascal: “Nalanda Univ was wrecked by UPA appointed rascal Amartya Sen.” Swamy has also accused Sen of illegally occupying land belonging to the Visva Bharati University (VBU).
The Swedish leftists who dish out these Nobel Prizes every year must really hate the Indians. Why else would they beatify a left-winger like Amartya Sen with a Nobel Prize and transform him into India’s intellectual pope? Since 1998, when the Swedish beatified him with their Nobel Prize, Sen has been talking down to the Indians.