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Harvard student’s hard-hitting open letter to PM Narendra Modi goes viral

PM mocking credible varsities will only isolate India, says Harvard student from Chandigarh in an open letter to Narendra Modi.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 7, 2017 10:44 pm
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A Harvard University student has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi objecting to his recent jibe at the renowned US varsity, and said “mocking” economists and credible academic institutions will only “isolate” India from the world. The letter from Prateek Kanwal, who hails from Chandigarh and is pursuing a Master’s Degree course in public policy at Harvard University, has been released online and has gone viral.

He said that when Modi made these remarks at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh last week, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan was addressing the students at Harvard University and “he specifically asked the university and the students to collaborate with your government”. He said the Prime Minister’s remarks will push away Indians like him who wish to return to their country after studying abroad.

Armed with the latest GDP figures, Modi had last week mocked economists and made a veiled attack on his predecessor Manmohan Singh who had said the Centre’s demonetisation decision would lead to a low growth rate. “Big scholars, some from Harvard, some from Oxford…some
said there will be a drop of 2 per cent in the GDP, others said 4 per cent drop (after demonetisation)… But the country has seen what the people from Harvard think and what hard working people think,” he had said.

In his letter, Kanwal said, “To develop a country as diverse as India, you will need the help of people who bring a different perspective to the table. Mocking economists and credible academic institutions will only isolate us from the world.”

Calling himself, a “hardworking nationalist”, the student said, “We are trained in the ‘evidence-based learning’ approach, which helps in designing and implementing policies effectively so that disasters such as demonetisation can be avoided.”

“While you were making these remarks in Uttar Pradesh, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan was addressing us at Harvard and he specifically asked the university and the students to collaborate with your government,” he said. Kanwal also claimed that Harvard alumni hold important positions in the Modi Cabinet as well as the Prime Minister’s Office.

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    Arup Barman
    Jul 3, 2017 at 7:35 pm
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      Mohammad Faisal
      Jun 6, 2017 at 9:20 pm
      Sir mera naam faisal hai mein cl 10th ka student hoon sir meri ek request hai ki meri maa Mujhe bachpan mein hi chhor kar chali gyi aur mere pita ek majdoor hai sir mein parna chahata hoon sir mujhe ek leptop ki jarurat hai e meri padi aashan ho jayegi please mujhe ek leptop dedo mein aapko jindgi bhar duaa dunga aur isse meri padi bhi aashan ho jayegi please mujhe ek leptop dedo please please please please
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        Onkar Singh
        Mar 8, 2017 at 3:53 am
        Remember that the " hard" work Modi is referring to is that he is doing to protect the money laundering case of corruption against Adani,can a Harvard educated scholar do this hard work!!!!Can a Harvard educated scholar go to the court and seek help of the court not to disclose the educational qualification of the scholar!!!! This is Bharat Mata it produces people who can get a couple of thousand people and get a clean chit for themselves.Is this "hard work" possible in Harvard?I hope you have got an inkling of the hard work no Harvard scholar can do.
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          Mar 8, 2017 at 6:35 am
          The indian express jumps to the first opportunity it gets to attack our PM. What relevance does this letter of a Harvard student have here or in our lives. such students should first start contributing towards a better India then talk. No use sitting on the other side of the world and making claims. Walk your talk buddy.
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            Mar 8, 2017 at 4:04 am
            This srudent seems like he will only understand reality when he gets grey hairs. First thing, you should learn that 'sold and bought' education has its own limits. Reality needs a delicate balance between data from education and experience. U still lack the latter.
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