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Amartya Sen - Conscience of the Republic

The writer salutes the great humanitarian who has donated his entire Nobel prize money and donates large share of his earnings to ensure education of the poorest of poor rural children.

ByKajal Chatterjee

Updated 29 Jan 2023, 10:11 am

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Since Amartya Sen staunchly speaks in favour of secularism, multicultural ethos of the land, religiously speaks out against the prevalent intolerance (be it against the minorities and Dalits or rationalists) and pursues welfare-driven economics instead of a man-eat-man "philosophy" of "survival of the fittest" or that nasty "trickle-down" theory; choicest words and abuses are reserved for the internationally-revered personality!

And since Sen can't be refuted with logic and facts; a barbaric personal attack regularly gets launched upon him by citing his "age" "wisdom" or "matrimonial relationship with a foreign lady"! Sen's term as the first Chancellor of Nalanda University was also not extended with the great educationist practically shown the door for not singing to a "saffron nationalist" tone! As if these series of insults were not enough; now this Nobel laureate, more importantly the Noble humanitarian, is being character assassinated as "land grabber" as well! Although this allegation is not new, yet it has once again being invoked as the great humanitarian has recently voiced his concern on supreme intolerance and blatant communalism with stern declaration - "neglect of Indians in India is a major catastrophe". 


All sane secular minded persons should lend their support to much maligned Amartya Sen by drawing inspiration from Mamata Banerjee who had once boldly stressed in no uncertain terms with utmost warmth in hearts - "Kindly count me as your sister and friend in your just war against intolerance and totalitarianism. Let us not be daunted by their untrue accusations and unfair attacks. We shall overcome. I want to express my solidarity with you in your battles against the bigotry of the majoritarians in this country, the battles that have made you enemy of those forces of untruth". 

I salute the great humanitarian who has donated his entire Nobel prize money and donates large share of his earnings to his established Pratichi trust so as to ensure education of the poorest of poor rural children with emphasis on girls and  "untouchables".

I salute that noble heart which cries for the Akhlaques and Junaids ---  whose right as human beings stand to nil, thanks to certain animal "lovers".

I salute the supreme conscientious perfect Bhadralok in him who boldly expresses his displeasure against the incidents of riots and pogroms which regularly tarnish India's image in international forum.


I salute the true nationalist who displays his utmost respect to the Constitution of India by speaking for the equal rights and dignity of all citizens of this multi-lingual multi-religious secular democratic heterogeneous country. After all, India is neither a colony nor a personal fiefdom of any particular religious, lingual caste or political group.

It is high time all rational people, organisation and media strongly protest against the supreme intolerant environment prevailing in the society (be it against the "sickulars" like Amartya Sen or common men who dare to swim opposite "saffron mainstream") by drawing inspiration from Martin Niemoller's eternal comment: "First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was not one of them, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not Jewish, so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me".

Will the conscientious among the Indians take necessary initiative to restore peace, sanity, love, mutual respect and impeccable secularism in this much fragmented society by drawing inspiration from Amartya Sen.


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Kajal Chatterjee

Kajal Chatterjee

Special Contributor, KOLKATA, West Bengal


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