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No question of taking back `Bharat Ratna` from Amartya Sen: Tharoor

Last Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 14:04

New Delhi: Minister of State for Human Resource and Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor on Thursday avoided commenting on Bharatiya Janata Party`s Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra`s criticism of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, saying there is no question of taking back the `Bharat Ratna` from the renowned economist.

"There is no question of taking back the Bharat Ratna from him," he said, while refusing to further comment on the matter.

Mitra had earlier in a television interview suggested that Amartya Sen be stripped off the Bharat Ratna.

"Amartya Sen says he doesn`t want Modi to be India`s PM. Is Sen even a voter in India? Next NDA government must strip him of Bharat Ratna," he said during an interview to a news channel.

Sen had earlier this week told a television channel during an interview that Narendra Modi could have done more for Gujarat`s education, health and for secularism, instead of focusing solely on physical infrastructure development in that state.

Referring to Modi, Sen said, "I think I would like a more secular person to be Prime Minister. I would not like a Prime Minister who generates concern and fear among minorities. That is the primary reason. I am in favour of someone who looks at social administration and not just business administration seriously. That doesn`t mean that I don`t see what he has done and why people admire him."

Sen went a step further in saying that as an economist he didn`t approve of the `Modi model` of governance saying, "I don`t think the record is very good. I don`t have to be a member of the minority in order to feel insecure. I could be a member of the majority."

"We Indians don`t want a situation where the minority feel insecure and could legitimately think that there was an organised violence against them in 2002. I think that is a terrible record and I don`t think Indian Prime Minister as an Indian citizen ... Of who has that kind of record. No, I do not," he said.


First Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 14:04

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