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PM Narendra Modi Hits Out At Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen Over Demonetisation

"Harvard people have now seen the difference between what they think and what hard work brings."

01/03/2017 4:31 PM IST | Updated 01/03/2017 5:01 PM IST
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for the state elections, took a dig at Nobel prize-winning economist and Harvard professor Amartya Sen.

"Ek taraf vo hain jo Harvard (University) ki baat karte hain, or ek taraf ye gareeb ka beta hardwork se desh ki economy badalne me laga hai (On one hand there are those who refer to what people at Harvard say, and on the other hand there is the poor man's son who, through his hard work, is changing the country'e economy," the prime minister said at a rally in Maharajganj in UP, reported The Times of India.

Modi's comments were after Sen has criticised the Indian government's decision to demonetise high-value currency notes to counter black money. Sen has previously called the "hurried" decision a "despotic action", a "gigantic mistake" and "Modi's Napoleon moment". He has warned of "adverse effects" of what he called the "undemocratic action".

India's growth has slowed down after demonetisation, even as it continues to be the fastest-growing major economy in the world. Modi, referring to these numbers, said, "Harvard people have now seen the difference between what they think and what hard work brings."

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