Sitaram Yechury Alleges The Government Of Being Against Thinkers


Yechury says the government is against thinkers and fosters an atmosphere that destroys critical thinking. His comments come after Abhijit Banerjee's Nobel win

Written By Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Updated On:
Sitaram Yechury

The government was against "thinkers" and fosters an atmosphere that "destroys" critical thinking, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday said, a day after Indian American and JNU alumni Abhijit Banerjee was awarded the Nobel Prize along with two others in Economics.

Tagging his comment with a cartoon on Twitter, which showed Nobel laureates from West Bengal - Rabindranath Tagore and Amartya Sen asking the latest entrant Banerjee to join the club and to keep his award safe as well as thoughts to himself, Yechury said the government was against the spirit of inquiry. "RSS/BJP govt believes in FIRs against thinkers and attacks on Universities. They foster a climate that works to destroy critical thinking, reason and the spirit of inquiry. Our Constitution speaks of a commitment to scientific temper but that would threaten the RSS/BJP government," he said.

READ | Nobel Economics Prize 2019: Abhijit Banerjee, wife Duflo, & Kremer win

'Government should focus on feeding the poor'- Sitaram Yechury

Yechury said the government should focus on feeding the poor and building a robust public distribution system. "First feed our poor. Increase subsidised food allocation through the public distribution system. But the Modi govt is busy in destroying our social fabric, and in PR and tamashas "The facts on India's Hunger problem are stark. The Economy crashing is not just numbers. It is about lives, but the Modi govt does not care," he tweeted.

READ | Sitaram Yechury attacks govt: selling 'family silver' makes no sense

READ | Yechury terms Ravi Shankar's comments on economy as 'laughable'

READ | Sonia lauds Abhijit for Nobel, Rahul says he helped frame 'Nyay'

By 2030, 40% Indian will not have access to drinking water