Friday, December 30, 2005

Catching Up: Amartya Sen

A while back, while Dr. Amartya Sen, the Nobel laureate economist was on a book tour, I mentioned his description of Pakistan's Civil Society. Coming out of my "blogger's block", I have been going through my backlog of notes and found a couple of other points in the interview I quoted from which I hadn't mentioned:
  • His opinion on the nuclear explosions by the two South Asian rivals was that they were a mistake for both moral and political reasons.
  • He also says that the "India is taken seriously because of the bomb" line is absolute BS; India is taken seriously because of its economy. He points out that the rightwing government did not mention/make a big deal about the newfound nuclear status in the run up to the very next elections soon after the explosions.
  • He also had stuff to say about the Iraq War. Check out the interview.

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