Economist, philosopher, thinker, Sanskrit scholar and activist, the tireless Sen wears many hats.
“… the persons chosen for heading institutions of national importance have been exceptionally dedicated to promoting Hindutva priorities,” said Amartya Sen.
The pervasive elitism of higher education institutions has to be challenged. But their further decimation must also be resisted.
What I do not understand is why Dr Sen as a virtual advisor to the last government did not get Dr Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi to change this horrible state of affairs.
Amartya Sen speaks about his assessment of Modi’s first year as PM, researching gender in the 1960s, his love for Sanskrit literature, and what judo can teach those who frame social policy.
60-year-old George Yeo was conferred Padma Bhushan in 2012 and is currently serving as a member of the governing board of the prestigious Nalanda university at Rajgir area of Bihar.
In an interview with IE, Sen speaks on some of the questions that have been raised about his relationship with the university. Excerpts.
With her focus on Punjab and Haryana, Dr Dagar insists that one has to go beyond the ‘Beti Bachao’ campaigns.
The revival of a university in Nalanda is a noble mission. But the past seven years have seen a hijacking of the project by a small clique.
On Thursday, in a letter to the Governing Board, Amartya Sen had “excluded” himself from continuing as chancellor.
Asked if he was worried about minorities, he said, he was “very much worried”.
Congress said it was unfortunate that a ‘national treasure’ like Sen is treated so ‘shabbily’ by the government.
Tansen Sen also said any delay in implementing the recommendations would ‘impact India’s standing in international forums’.
Government must explain why it held up the reappointment of Nalanda University chancellor.
Sen rued that academic governance in India remains “so deeply vulnerable to the opinions of the ruling government”.