Narendra Modi not a good PM candidate, says Amartya Sen

Sen said he would like someone who is more secular as a PM.

By: Press Trust of India | Bolpur | Updated: May 1, 2014 8:43 am

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen came out against Narendra Modi on Wednesday saying that he did not think he is a good prime ministerial candidate.

“My reaction on Modi is fairly well known. I don’t think he is a good prime ministerial candidate. Obviously he is very popular in some sections. He is very popular among the business community. That doesn’t mean he is my favourite candidate,” Sen told reporters here when asked about his view on the BJP prime ministerial candidate.

“So I would like someone who is more secular and minority communities like Christians and Muslims don’t feel threatened by him. That has to be one characteristic of the leader of the nation,” he said.

Sen was here to cast his vote in Bolpur Lok Sabha seat.

 

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    IndianWellWisher
    Apr 30, 2014 at 11:52 pm
    We need a better definition of an intellectual - not (Amartya Sen)!Get your priorities right - your formula of selling out to minorities does not help anyone - it destroys meritocracy.
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      Prue88
      May 1, 2014 at 12:08 am
      Every body has a right to express his/ her view. This is a democratic country. People like you are the ones who feed the ego of these politicians and become slave to their whims and more power to such ignorant politicians.
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        Anindya Chakraborty
        May 2, 2014 at 2:01 am
        Dr. Sen is a leftist & he talked like a leftist.
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          PN
          Apr 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm
          sir - i respect you and am proud of you. But a proud Indian myself, I would request you to keep this view about Modi to yourself ... we will decide what we want.
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            Arshad Hussain
            May 2, 2014 at 4:16 am
            BJP and Congress are not discussing the basic issues of our nation. we have many problems like poverty, lack of education, corruption, Crime against women, unemployment, etc. The election is centralized between Modi. I dont understand it. Even Mr. Modi is not presenting his views about above mention points.
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              Bobby Cherian
              Apr 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm
              So according to amartya, it seems that there are no muslims and christians in gujrat.
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                Dev
                May 1, 2014 at 2:19 am
                Well Dr Sen like a good economist, please suggest us who wil make agood PM ????? Country may take call on your suggestion .....
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                  Iqbal
                  Apr 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm
                  Please do not include me in your "we". I agree with Dr. Sen. Modi is not fit to govern India. Why on earth would anyone want a communal party or someone to represent your country that has a tainted past?
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                    Tibal
                    May 1, 2014 at 2:39 am
                    I am a christian from NE and i am more worried about the return of UPA-3, God forbid. We see Narendra modi as saviour from economic liberalisation. INC has destro NE with countless developmental projects fund hijack midways, i can count. I am not scared of BJP and/or Narendra Modi.
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                      kokila
                      May 1, 2014 at 2:53 am
                      Sir, having dedicated the productive years of your life to UK (not India) and misleading people by publicly displaying your views on polling day is not good for India.
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                        sami
                        Apr 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm
                        Who gave hin Nobel prize for what aman without any eticacy commenting from outside India with thepatronage of Congress about 4 time elected person. Has he stood for any public Office. shame on this mant. We have already one dummy economist exposed.
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                          suresh
                          Apr 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm
                          This is pre meditated biased upper caste opinion on Modi !If MR SEN watch Modi carefully his interaction with Muslims in gujarat and Christians especially Kerala bishop he would not have made this opinion.Any how he is an honored man and his opinion has got weight and his free will is free to make such opinion.
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                            Srinivaasan Mahalingam
                            Apr 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm
                            Well India is thinking different Dr Sen, old thoughts don't appeal to youngsters of today...
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                              Rajnesh Sharma
                              May 2, 2014 at 9:36 am
                              very well said
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                                Rumpul Stiltskin
                                May 1, 2014 at 8:54 am
                                True. Maunmohan Singh was the best. No body can beat him.
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                                  Amita
                                  Apr 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm
                                  Dr Sen, who is compelling you to say this. Because I don't think a sane person without any pressure n him will say this.
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                                    sanjiv sanjiv
                                    Apr 30, 2014 at 11:41 pm
                                    i would not agree with you
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                                      sanjiv sanjiv
                                      Apr 30, 2014 at 11:40 pm
                                      modi use hindus for votebank
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                                        sanjiv sanjiv
                                        Apr 30, 2014 at 11:42 pm
                                        no not entire India, but section of society is with u man.
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                                          sravan srinivas
                                          May 2, 2014 at 7:59 am
                                          If some one say you are extremely bad parent and extremely bad husband ,it not untrue.
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                                            Sumit
                                            May 2, 2014 at 2:52 am
                                            if Vajpee did so much good word... and then ran a spectacular india shining campaign...even ABV voice was all over phones asking votes. If that were the golden years why was he defeated. And going by your extreme shoddy logic isn't then the NDA govt reaped benefits of the MMS and Congress reforms of 1991?
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