Amartya Sen‘s recent political comments made me write this post. Not because he said anything against a certain party , but just because in my opinion he has spoken a bit too much (of non-sense) for far too long. Amartya Sen’s actions somehow remind me of Donald Trump when he was targeting Obama  during the […]

Amartya Sen‘s recent political comments made me write this post. Not because he said anything against a certain party , but just because in my opinion he has spoken a bit too much (of non-sense) for far too long. Amartya Sen’s actions somehow remind me of Donald Trump when he was targeting Obama  during the last presidential elections in the US. What follows is how the liberal (left of centre) press in the United States characterized / depicted the likes of Donald Trump during that time.

The Carnival Barker

Obama referred to Donald Trump as a Carnival Barker – what is a that ? The following is the description of carnival barker from the urban dictionary.

Carnival Barker – A bloviating, pathologically narcissistic douchebag with a combover
who demands peoples’ birth certificates.

Donald Trump is a carnival barker; he won’t stop asking for
Obama’s birth certificate

From Wikipedia – the description of (carnival) Barker is as follows: A barker is a person who attempts to attract patrons to entertainment events, such as a circus or funfair, by exhorting passing public, describing attractions of show and emphasizing variety, novelty, beauty, or some other feature believed to incite listeners to attend entertainment.

I think Amartya Sen amply fits the description.

Amartya Sen’s “Achievements”

Sen apparently is well known for his work on the causes of famine – which apparently led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortage of food (quoted from Wikipedia). Literal translation – a bunch of non-sense wrapped in economic jargon meant to fool the gora’s into believing him to be another avatar of Mother Teresa. Note also the use of the word “perceived” above – his research even attempts to solve imaginary problems related to food.

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Amartya Sen Acting Like An Intellectual At The Kolkata Book Fair, Image Source : IANS

Time and time again the West has loved the pandering grovelling literary Indian (His recent comments in the press are exactly that) – the Indian that spoke of poverty, and about the poor,  or the minority – and awarded them some major prizes whether it be the Booker prize or even the Nobel prize. Note my stress on the words (spoke of poverty) – “speak does not mean do”. He has done nothing for poverty other than write about it and get rich in the process.

He has also been attributed with creation of the Human Development Index – an index that gives a numerical number to living conditions. My question to him would be how much of grants (and/or salary, etc) would he have taken from the United Nations to come up with this meaningless document. The United States has stopped paying its dues to the United Nations a while back – so guess where this funding came from – its from poor nations like India. His Nobel is in welfare economics – his own welfare for sure !

He is not alone – he is with the likes of people like Arundhati Roy – same modus operandi – talk about the poor, talk about oppressed women, talk about minorities and get extremely rich doing so. Talk about the dismemberment of India (giving up Jammu and Kashmir), get quoted in many major publications, and get awarded a prize with a good fat monetary component from either the middle east or the western world – and so on.

Leftist Intellectual ?

Amartya Sen calls himself a leftist intellectual (sic!) – I think he is far from anything social or egalitarian – What do you think?

 

By Indrajit Chatterjee

Also See:
Ten Reasons to Listen to Amartya Sen
Who wants this food security bill (other than the congress) ?

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