07/29/2013, 00.00
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Amartya Sen: Narendra Modi can not become Prime Minister of India

Controversy triggered by Nobel Laureates criticism of chief minister of Gujarat and member of the ultra-nationalist Hindu party (Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP). For the economist, Modi "has not done enough to make minorities feel safe" after the massacres of 2002. BJP leaders ask him to return a civil award.

New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The media storm provoked by Amartya Sen - known economist and Nobel Prize winner - after his criticisms of Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat shows no sign of abating in India. In an interview with national broadcaster CNN-Ibn, Sen said that "as a citizen of India, I do not want Modi to become prime minister," criticizing him for his model of government and for not having "done enough to make minorities feel safe ", during and after the massacres of Gujarat in 2002.

The Indian Catholic Church has always criticized Modi's actions, condemning his role in the pogrom that took place in the Indian State and defending the Muslim community, the main victim of the carnage.

The words of economist have unleashed an avalanche of criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party of which Modi is a member and which could nominate the popular chief minister of Gujarat in view of the general elections of 2014. To the point that the BJP MP Chandan Mitra Sen urged the Nobel Laureate to return the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor conferred on him in 1999.

After this request Amartya Sen said he was willing to return the recognition and defended his position on Modi, without apologizing. A native of West Bengal, the economist has always defined himself as atheist.

Sen's most serious criticism of Modi is that "her could have been more secular and could have made minority communities feel safer." To really understand that the governance model imposed by Modi is not good, he says, "you need not be a member of a minority."

Moreover, according to the Winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics (won in 1998 for his contributions to welfare economics, ed) Indians do not want a situation where minorities "may legitimately think that in 2002 there was a violence organized against them. "

Recently, Modi was appointed director of the BJP's election campaign for elections in 2014, but not yet listed as an official candidate for the post of Prime Minister of India. A choice that has sparked much controversy - inside and outside of India - especially for his nebulous role in the carnage of Gujarat, in which more than 2 thousand Muslims died at the hands of Hindu ultra-nationalists.


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