Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen on Friday said unlike ‘Maa Durga’, the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan is not associated with the Bengali culture and it is only used as “a pretext to beat up people”.
It is ‘Maa Durga’ who is omnipresent in the lives of Bengalis, Sen said while speaking at a program in the Jadavpur University.
“Jai Sri Ram slogan is not associated with the Bengali culture,” he said, adding that even Ram Navami is “gaining popularity” nowadays and he had “never heard of it before”.
“I asked my four-year-old grandchild who is your favorite deity? She replied that it is Maa Durga. Maa Durga is so much omnipresent in our lives,” he said.
“What I feel is slogans like Jai Shri Ram are used as pretexts to beat up people,” the economist said.
Speaking on poverty, Sen said only rising income level of the poor people would not reduce their plight.
“Poverty can be reduced by basic healthcare, proper education, and social security,” he added.
Challenging Sen’s knowledge on Bengal and its culture, the BJP state president Dilip Ghosh lashed out at Sen for being unaware of Lord Shri Ram’s popularity in every village across West Bengal.