Tongue in cheek, Arvind Subramanian: Will lose job if I speak on beef ban

He was asked if the beef ban would have any adverse impact on farmers’ incomes or on the rural economy. His reply was met with a round of applause.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:March 9, 2016 3:56 am
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Days after he said that social divisions affect the trajectory of development, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian today declined to answer a question on the beef ban controversy saying he did not want “to lose my job”.

“You know that if I answer this question I will lose my job. But thank you nevertheless for asking the question,” he said while interacting with students of economics at the Mumbai University here today.

He was asked if the beef ban would have any adverse impact on farmers’ incomes or on the rural economy. His reply was met with a round of applause.

Last week, delivering a lecture in Bengaluru, he had said that how a country deals with its social divisions plays a major role in the trajectory of its economic development.

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    Amit
    Mar 9, 2016 at 1:25 am
    I am proud of BJP that now the so-called intellectuals are afraid of offending Hindus. They never dare to say anything against Muslims.
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      Abhijit Bhattacharya
      Mar 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm
      He lives in a tolerant country and must know the level of tolerance for different views. Intelligent enough to fool feku
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        ak dev
        Mar 8, 2016 at 11:35 pm
        If Arvind Subramanian thinks that economic advising is a job, better he be replaced by one who doesn't think it a mere job.
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          sandeep
          Mar 9, 2016 at 1:11 am
          What is wrong in it. It is BJP policy. Can any ony dare to talk corruption of Indira hi During Congress regime. Or Jayprakash Narayan was most irresponsible leader amongst all leaders India had in Bihar
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            Mathews
            Mar 9, 2016 at 2:39 am
            The Hindus revere the cows. They were under siege during the Muslim rule and, to great extent ,also under Congress rule( vote politics). Now they feel their Raj has come and want to live their Hindu way. In Muslim countries, pigs cannot be reared or eaten in public. and non muslims there respect the laws. Let non-Hindus respect the wishes the Hindu Brethren and abstain from cow slaughter.
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              Kaliyug
              Mar 8, 2016 at 11:56 pm
              The Beef ban is only good if the cows are treated in a humane way by the owners once it stops giving milk and is of no economic value to the owners. Till date everyone knows that cows are abandoned or shipped to beef friendly States like Andra or Tamil nadu or Kerala. The cows are tortured throughout the journey to reach the destination of death, it would be cheaper to kill them humanely in Mumbai and let those who profit from meat s be content. A cow is no different than a chicken, goat or lamb, they all have their lives taken away for food.
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                SKN
                Mar 9, 2016 at 9:03 am
                Modi's nationalism: Economic policy of India is made by Americans. Sack this guy, let him go back to his Masters, the IMF and USA Govt.
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                  Abdul Aziz
                  Mar 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm
                  Haryana burn down by Jat Hindu Terrorists . Does any Jat arrested in TADA, POTA, Sedition or least send to stan for 35000 crores Terrorism ???? or they will be rewarded ?
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                    Abdul Aziz
                    Mar 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm
                    Haryana burn down by Jat Hindu Terrorists . Does any Jat arrested under TADA, POTA, Sedition or least send to stan for 35,000 crores Terrorism ???? or they will be rewarded ?
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                      Abdul Aziz
                      Mar 9, 2016 at 6:07 am
                      BJP is full of Intolerant people.... RSS hate incubator helps to achieve this milestone #Beefban
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                        Abdul Aziz
                        Mar 9, 2016 at 6:58 am
                        Their is a difference between Cow slaughter ban and Total beef ban ( bulls,bulks )... Suffering Farmers severely effected cattle overheads.. #Beefban
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                          Deeply Concerned
                          Mar 9, 2016 at 1:35 am
                          A lot of things are said and done behind your back and if people like you hear it, you guys will commit suicide.
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                            j s
                            Mar 9, 2016 at 4:11 am
                            It is a bizarre that a talented person can't express his views on economic implications(although he knows it well) because the people at the helm of the affairs will not tolerate this truth . This is injustice to caliber, knowledge and expertise he possesses
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                              Dr. Sonali
                              Mar 9, 2016 at 12:45 am
                              Democracy is based on mutual respect. When you talk of beef also talk of pork. Hallal and Jhatka.
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                                Dr. Sonali
                                Mar 9, 2016 at 12:47 am
                                He should leave.
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                                  Rakesh
                                  Mar 9, 2016 at 2:54 am
                                  I wish he had spoken his true reply to the question. A person of his students should not hold himself back . If such an inocuous question about your eating habits can't get an answer because it may generate a reaction , then, is it not intolerance ?
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                                    Raghu Panjala
                                    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:02 am
                                    I have only few complaints with Modi. Main complaints are with RSS. Why ban beef? Why remove job when one complaints against one law, its implications? Only RSS can stoop so low.It thinks it owns India. Only when we kikc them, thy will learn lesson.
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                                      GSY
                                      Mar 9, 2016 at 1:03 am
                                      So now Arvind Subramanyam has also joined the ranks of many supporters of govt who are speaking out in discordant voices. Beef ban has had a very severe economic impact on sections of rural economy and leather industry. The atmosphere of intimidation has created the situation where even people don't touch naturally dying cattle. Earlier the leather from such animals was a source of livelihood for many people and source of supply to leather industry. Stupidities of right wing will hasten the downfall of this govt.
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                                        stranger
                                        Mar 9, 2016 at 1:45 am
                                        any way he is no better than his predecessor montek. he and jaitely making bjp unpor every day and undermining good work of all other ministers . his performance worse than even jaitely.
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                                          HG KETKAR
                                          Mar 9, 2016 at 4:18 am
                                          Will it be made another episode of Intolerance in the country as was held just before the Bihar election. So, cautious, you on the watch.
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                                            Indian Abroadf
                                            Mar 9, 2016 at 2:23 am
                                            Most places have beef bans brought in by Congress. Why it is being made an issue now? What is the political motive of some in media?
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