16 June, 2021

'Hope India Now Doesn't Get Too Hung Up On Cultivating Power To Feel For The Oth

The estimation of India as a global player should not become as much in excess of reality now as it was below it in the past.

'Hope India Now Doesn't Get Too Hung Up On Cultivating Power To Feel For The Oth
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen finds it hard not to feel frustrated about India. For problems he had "grumbled" about in the '50s and early '60s—illiteracy, lack of basic healthcare, social inequality, discrimination against girls—still persist even today. Until recently the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Prof Sen now serves as Lamont University Professor at Harvard University where he teaches Economics and Philosophy. Born in Santiniketan, he studied in Presidency College, Calcutta, and Trinity College, Cambridge. A proud Indian, he still holds on to his Indian citizenship and cares passionately about his roots. Prof Sen's books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and include the much-acclaimed The Argumentative Indian, and his most recent work Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny. Prof Sen talked to Ashish Kumar Sen on why the world has started to see India differently. Excerpts from an interview:

Is there a change in the world's perception of India?

Yes indeed. It's very hard to miss that there is a substantial...

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