During an event in Kolkata, the Nobel laureate economist said that the Indian judiciary often ignores the dangers of fragmentation, which is intimidating. For a secure future, there needs to be a balance between judiciary, legislature and bureaucracy, which is missing in India. It is unusual that colonial laws are being used to put people behind bars.
Kolkata: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen expressed concern over the current situation in India and said that people should work towards maintaining unity.
The Nobel laureate said the situation in the country terrified him, noting that the role of the judiciary in dealing with partitions was limited and it was “extraordinary” that colonial-era laws were used to jail people today. being put in.
The eminent economist said at the inauguration of the Amartya Research Center in the Salt Lake area on Thursday, “I think if someone asks me if I am scared of something, I will say ‘yes’.” Now there is reason to be afraid. The current situation in the country has become a cause for fear.
He also said that division should not be done on religious lines.
He said, ‘I want the country to remain united. I don’t want division in a country that was historically liberal. We have to work together.
He said that India cannot only belong to Hindus or Muslims. He stressed on the need to stay united on the basis of the country’s traditions.
Sen said, ‘India cannot be a country of Hindus only. Also Muslims alone cannot build India. Everyone has to work together.
According to the Times of India, he said that at this time only tolerance will not work.
“India has an inherent culture of tolerance but the need of the hour is that Hindus and Muslims work together,” he said.
Sen cited the fact that Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians have co-existed in India for ages as an example of India’s culture of tolerance.
On the recent controversies surrounding places of worship, he said that he had never imagined that Hindus as a group would be able to ‘take credit for the Taj Mahal’.
Sen spoke of Dara Shikoh, Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, referring to a harmonious culture.
According to the Times of India, he said, ‘Shah Jahan’s eldest son Dara Shikoh translated 50 Upanishads from the original Sanskrit to Persian and helped the world learn about Hindu scriptures, Hindu culture and Hindu traditions. The ragas and music of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan are proof of the coming together of people of different religions. Such cooperation is needed in today’s India, here (merely) talking of tolerance will not solve the dangers of society’s division.
He added that India has a culture of tolerance, due to which Jews, Christians and Parsis have lived together here for years.
Law and Judiciary
In his address, Sen also criticized the judiciary and its passive role.
“The Indian judiciary often ignores the dangers of fragmentation, which is intimidating. A secure future requires a balance between judiciary, legislature and bureaucracy, which is missing in India. It is unusual that colonial laws are being used to put people behind bars.
Sen has been vocal in the past against laws that curtail the freedom of dissenters.
earlier this year the wire He had said that the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is extremely bad for personal liberty as it allows people to be arrested where there is no crime or that is not enough to convict them in a court of law, But they are kept in jail on the ground that they can do something wrong.
(with input from news agency language)
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