Amartya Sen terms note ban an undemocratic move, compares it to an unguided missile

Amartya sen remarked about note ban during a talk titled "Healthcare for all: Why and how" and the Communist China.

Amartya Sen terms note ban an undemocratic move, compares it to an unguided missile

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Saturday said note ban as an unguided "missile" fired "unilaterally" by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi without adhering to the democratic conventions.

“Every now and then we get missiles fired by the government unilaterally. Demonetisation one fine morning is of course just such a missile where there are reports coming in of hardships and suffering though it is not quite clear where the missile has landed,” Sen said.


Amartya sen remarked about note ban during a talk titled "Healthcare for all: Why and how" and the Communist China. He said decisions were taken in China based on the vision of a small group of people, and while in India, things proceed only when there is a public demand for it.

“Our political decisions, however, in contrast, have to involve the public,” Sen said, comparing our situation with China and he went on to say that the demonetisation exercise as an aberration from such a convention.

Mentioning about the critical challenges faced by the healthcare sector, the Bharat Ratna recipient and a Harvard professor said: "unilateral thoughts" like demonetisation can of no help.

“Firing unilateral thoughts are not the way to reform healthcare in the kind of democracy that is India,” the Nobel laureate said.

Amartya Sen has taken a critical note of the demonetisation announced by PM Modi in a televised speech on November 8.

When talking about many other things, Sen has termed the note ban as a “despotic action” which was taken in a hurry.