India Looks Bad After Crackdown On Kanahaiya Kumar & NGOs, Says Stiglitz

07/07/2016 12:00 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Incidents such as the crackdown on the Jawaharlal Nehru University students who expressed dissent, and closer scrutiny of international funding received by non-profit organizations, shows India in a bad light, and the Modi government needs to do a better job of explaining its actions, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said while giving a lecture on Global Inequality: Causes and Consequences.

Stiglitz said that JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar's arrest had gone down badly abroad, and increasingly authoritarian reputation could be a turn off for investors, he warned, Livemint reported.

“There is a spotlight on what is going on in India and when there is that kind of closing down action in any university, it puts you in a small group of countries... Turkey is the other country that is in the small group," he said, the newspaper reported.

"And most of those countries are authoritarian in nature and one should know that that kind of thing can have very negative effects on foreign investors,” he said.

If the international community had formed the wrong impression of India then the Modi government needed to do a "better job of explaining" itself to the outside world. “If those (judgments) are wrong, India should do better job of explaining it,” he said.

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