The Long List of Sins of the Ignobel Laureate

amartyFew things scare me as much as reading a news report or article or oped that opens with or contains the words “…Nobel Laureate.” I stop reading further even if it means losing whatever wisdom or insight that piece may contain. The only time I read them in full is when my friends and well-wishers insist that I do. What that does is, it reinforces, yet again, my own wisdom—distilled with years of experience of reading Nobel Laureate-level pontification—that I’m served well by ignoring anything that begins with or contains the words “Nobel Laureate.” Okay, I’m lying. I do read them because sometimes, such Nobel Laureate-level pontifications contain strains of a particularly vile virus that infects the well-being of a society and nation simply because that strain is Nobel-certified—a self-fulfilling evil of sorts.

The Nobel Prize lost any trace of respectability or merit ages ago. Apart from a few branches of pure science, the Nobel is simply a fancy title that converts obscure and spurious academics and nonentities into overnight millionaires and Universal Experts whose only strength lies in their ability to kiss the bottom that gets them the bounties. Of course, the Nobel isn’t restricted to just that: it includes a whole gamut of such phonies belonging to various categories—from politicians to terrorists.

Name some famous Nobel-winning names that begin with A. Two names immediately come to mind: Arafat and Amartya. The former was a gold-standard terrorist who won the Nobel for Peace, and the latter was a gold-standard academic obscurity who won the Nobel for Economics. Arafat asserted his terrorism in both word and deed and thus earns our respect because he was at least honest about his avowed intent to destroy Israel using sheer terror.

Here’s where Amartya poses a problem. He’s so versatile that you never know what to make of him: an agnostic, an arguer, an orator, an intellectual, an identity-explorer, an economist, a Buddhist, a Communist, or simply a species from Madagascar that has a projectile tongue and changes its skin colour on demand. His record is both impressive and scary. He won the Nobel for Economics. He’s always on tour lecturing about everything other than economics. He claims to also be a Sanskritist. He speaks glowingly about China’s cultural revolution. He writes books about argumentative Indians. He explores the nature of identities. He heads a panel constituted to revive a prestigious ancient Indian university.

Given that he’s such a multi-faceted incomprehensibility, I’ll settle for the last: Amartya Sen is best defined as a species from Madagascar that has a projectile tongue and changes its skin colour on demand. That’s a biologist’s language. In the layman’s tongue, that species is called a Chameleon.  

Amartya Sen is a classic example of mindless and uncritical celebrity worship in the academia, which naturally spills over to the media and public consciousness. This itself is an ugly by-product of a larger phenomenon. Over the years, someone who receives significant recognition in any field suddenly becomes The Expert on Everything. The Nobel being the most significant recognition has thus become the only qualification for such people who instantly become Mr/Ms Know-it-All and attain a Divine Right to indulge in unqualified snobbery.

Which brings us to the question nobody ever asks: what exactly is Amartya Sen’s distinction apart from writing reams of stuff on economics, which nobody reads much less understands? Nobody is grudging his Nobel. However, there are some vulgar mischief-mongers who unfairly sully the fair professor’s name by calling him Mister Rothschild and spread atrocious rumours that the Rothschild name had a lot to do with Dr. Sen getting the Nobel. But let’s not hit below the belt. However, this question is fundamental and necessary because Sen is projected as an expert on everything from ancient India to Hinduism to Sanskrit to Islam to Buddhism to society to philosophy to foreign policy, and is taken seriously. What exactly is his qualification and competence to head the ambitious and well-intentioned project of setting up the Nalanda International University, whose aim is to revive the glory of the original Nalanda? What’s your bet that he’d still be languishing in obscurity at Cambridge instead of doing what he’s doing now but for the Nobel?

It’s precisely because these questions aren’t asked that Sen gets away with—apart from terming Mao’s genocide of his own people as making “great strides”—being a casual apologist for Islamic terror.

…that’s quite different from using religious divisions for purpose of a sectarian division, and for purpose of perpetrating violence on people who do not share the religion but have another religion.
But that is not confined to Islamic – what you now call Islamic – terrorism. That is a very small group of people of the Muslim faith who happen to take a particular view about how to advance it; I think the vast majority of Muslims don’t take that view….the “global war on terror” is not our language, of course. When we refer to it, we call it the so-called “war on terror”

And in 2006 this self-confessed agnostic strongly urged Tony Blair to implement a policy, which calls for the takeover of Britain’s schools by the Church so the kind padres can catch ‘em young and begin to enforce strict mind control. In his own words,

Christian schools “are perfectly acceptable” but other faith schools “are a big mistake and should be scrapped if the Government wants to encourage a unifying British identity…Christian schools have evolved and often provide a much more tolerant atmosphere than a purely religious school would. A lot of people in the Middle East or India or elsewhere have been educated in Christian schools. A lot of my friends came from St Xavier’s in Kolkata- I don’t think they were indoctrinated particularly in Christianity.”

Which is another reason we need to be very wary and scared of Amartya Sen’s creed. His staggering hypocrisy is also dangerous: here’s an agnostic who openly, emphatically endorses religious schools on the assumption that such schools would promote a “unifying” (sic)” national (British) identity. As “evidence,” he claims that Christian schools provide “tolerant atmosphere than a purely religious school.” One wonders whether Sen even realizes the absurdity of his self-contradictory statement—if it’s a Christian school, it is by definition, a religious school unless you’re talking about an out-and-out religious seminary where only hardcore Christianity is taught. Sen’s hollow and fraudulent claim that Indian Christian schools provide an atmosphere of tolerance shows that a Nobel entitles you to lie shamelessly and still smile with confidence. This quick laundry list shows the delightfully tolerant atmosphere of Indian Christian schools:

  • Making it almost impossible for non-Christians to get admission unless they convert or belong to the Rich and the Famous club in society
  • Showing the Hindu students their place by employing various methods (see the subsequent bulleted points)
  • Prohibiting Hindu girls from wearing any adornment or mark that the school regards as Hindu on the school campus
  • Enforcing Bible studies in the guise of Moral Science, a compulsory subject mandated by almost all state boards
  • Insisting on speaking in English—I know a friend who was fined repeatedly in school for speaking in Kannada or Hindi.
  • Derogating the Hindu religion—and India as a country—in the guise of admonishing an errant student—I’m both an eyewitness and recipient of “bloody Indian!” and “bloody Heathen!” admonishments.  
  • Glossy pamphlets stuck on the notice board describing the kindly exploits of this or that Reverend Eminence’s latest success in spreading the Love of God to remote villages, which were languishing under the Heathen religion.

Abundant tolerance no?

If anything, Amartya Sen is one of the most eminent instances of what Christian education does to Hindus (or followers of “Pagan” religions). The mind control that Christian schools indulge in is as incredible as it is multi-pronged. Years upon years of sustained Christian brainwashing culminates in drilling a feeling of unshakeable, lifelong shame into you.  The result: the “Pagan” student ends up hating his religion, his country, and worse, himself, and the only way of overcoming this shame is by harping abuse on precisely these things. This is one of the explanations why Amartya Sen is Amartya Sen. Needless, you can find a million mini-Amartya Sens-in-spirit all around you whose worldview is primarily, immutably shaped and therefore distorted, by Christianity. Like an undiluted Christian fanatic, even those who claim to be agnostics, atheists, and religion-haters refuse to admit even the possibility that an alternate worldview based on different but sound principles can exist.

Even if we grant some lease to Sen’s open call for Church brainwashing of education on the grounds that he was trying to bootlick the British by out-Britishing them, he still sounds insincere. Let’s transport Amartya Sen to India and apply his words in the Indian context.

Hindu schools “are perfectly acceptable” but other faith schools “are a big mistake and should be scrapped if the Government wants to encourage a unifying Indian identity…Hindu schools have evolved and often provide a much more tolerant atmosphere than a purely religious school would. A lot of people in… [USA or Europe] or elsewhere have been educated in Hindu schools. A lot of my friends came from Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission School in Kolkata – I don’t think they were indoctrinated particularly in Hinduism.”

What’s your wager that he would he make a speech of this sort? Actually, he won’t need to make such a speech because he’s already preempted this requirement by asserting that a “lot of my friends came from St Xavier’s in Kolkata- I don’t think they were indoctrinated particularly in Christianity.”

However, hypocrisy is the least of Sen’s long list of sins.

Amartya Sen is also spineless. This powerful Harvard Professor who has wide contacts in the world’s political firmament preferred to remain mute when he should’ve actually used his position to uphold free speech. This selfsame Harvard university dumped Subramanian Swamy because the powerful Academic Mullahs in Harvard’s administration were pissed off with Swamy’s DNA article, which had angered the bloodthirsty Oil Oligarchs of the Middle East who now fund the Madrassa on the Charles.

Of late, Sen has also added mooching and opacity to his list of sins. His adventures as the head of the Nalanda University revival project is one unending saga of elaborate hoax at taxpayer expense. A measure of Amartya Sen’s dangerous power is how he managed to ensure that India’s former president APJ Abdul Kalam resigned from the Nalanda Mentor Group. Not content, he also made sure that Kalam’s resignation remained a secret as long as possible. In a classic case of the tenant usurping the owner’s property, the Nalanda project, which was Kalam brainchild, has now been hijacked by the likes of Amartya Sen, who has mooched the Indian taxpayers of a gargantuan 17100000 Rupees till Feb 2009 in travel and accommodation bills alone, and he has shown zero progress in return for spending all that money. Actually, let’s correct that: the only progress he has shown so far is writing a letter to Pranab Mukherjee (who was then the External Affairs Minister) to smuggle Sen’s favourite minion, Gopa Sabharwal as the Vice Chancellor. This letter, written on Sen’s Harvard Letterhead, was the only “due process” that Sen followed to get this woman, who’s neither qualified nor competent, to be a Vice Chancellor: she was merely a reader in Lady Shri Ram College. Ever since, Gopa has been drawing a princely salary of Rupees 5,06,513 per month.

Amartya Sen’s lengthy chronicle of skulduggery was to simply show why A=Arafat and A=Amartya. Like the dead Palestinian terrorist state-head who rewarded his loyal minions with power and position, Amartya Sen has used his Nobel Prize as both an academic and political pulpit to further both his economic and political ends throwing shame, fair play, ethics, and even basic decency to the winds.

Every platform or organization that has engaged and plans to engage him stands equally guilty of partaking in his sins.

59 comments for “The Long List of Sins of the Ignobel Laureate

  1. July 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    This article is an eye opener. Amrtya sen’s recent uttering and timing of it as to who should be PM of India, clearly indicate his favoritism. It is shocking revelation that he managed the ouster of APJ Abdul Kalam from Nalanda Revival Committee. Euphoria of know it all will subside in due course of time. Indian media should also not give him unnecessary importance.

  2. July 24, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    ok so, Nobel was bought. And the citations? He is among the top 500 economists in the world (http://ideas.repec.org/top/top.person.all.html).

    Surprise surprise. The only Indian there.

  3. thisisrubbish
    July 24, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    “The Nobel Prize lost any trace of respectability or merit ages ago. Apart from a few branches of pure science, the Nobel is simply a fancy title that converts obscure and spurious academics and nonentities into overnight millionaires and Universal Experts whose only strength lies in their ability to kiss the bottom that gets them the bounties.” Seriously? People who get the Nobel for Physics, Chemistry are kissing the bottom that gets them the bounties? Even in economics, and taking your random example of the A’s – Ken Arrow for voting structures and social choice, Aumann (who won with Schelling) for game theory are examples of people who made meaningful contributions to the field.
    Agree that Sen mooches money and shoots his mouth off – but your garbage about ‘Nobel Laureates’, while being a cute, pretty ‘hook’ to your blogpost, is utterly irrelevant to the point you’re making. Next time, try to stick to the point please.

  4. thisisrubbish
    July 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    “However, there are some vulgar mischief-mongers who unfairly sully the fair professor’s name by calling him Mister Rothschild and spread atrocious rumours that the Rothschild name had a lot to do with Dr. Sen getting the Nobel. But let’s not hit below the belt.” I saw what you did there, inspite of claiming to not do so. Nicely done.

    And your comment later – “What’s funny is that NOT ONE commenter has bothered to refute my facts. Instead, they’ve gone on extolling the virtues of Xian schools. This is why I don’t respond to any comments.” No, you haven’t. You haven’t stated any facts which are applicable to Xian schools in general, you’ve merely stated your personal experiences – which may be whatever they are, but that doesn’t prove that your experiences are representative of the general or average experience in a Xian school.
    Insofar as Mr. Sen is concerned, agree with your point about his not being competent to discuss many things that he pontificates on, but surely his incompetence does not deny him the ability to have an opinion?

  5. Sumedha
    July 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    “Height of intolerance!”… may be you should learn something from Namo’s tweet, the person you seem to hero worship (ironic!), ….Being a citizen of the country Dr. Sen has every right to choose whom he wants his PM to be… and speak out loud about it…..just as you have chosen to do….. I dont think it calls for such hatred, character assassination and deeply prejudiced comments….besides even with all these alleged flaws he has achieved much more in life than you have till now and you ever can, with or without the nobel….

    and no..i dont subscribe or agree to his views and neither yours…..I am also not a supporter of congress….but such communal articles without any strong basis are really worrying and sad from educated people like you and your followers….

  6. Akashrup
    July 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    OFCOURSE you loser..you wud well moderate n filter out my comment, since I threatened to expose in front of some ass-lickers. You know what? I dont mind it..coz this exposes ur weakness. People like you shit on blog pages, and that is all they do, since that is all the CAN do. Demean great ppl n their doings…coz u block-heads dont even understand what they mean when they say smthing.
    Ppl like u will keep on being on the commentators’ seat, never be performers. But u knw what? Sachin doesnt give a fuck abt what his critics say…that is the relation between critics n performers.
    Ciao and grow a spine!

  7. Raghavendra
    July 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Hey Sandeep, keep up the good work. It was never a secret that this man is no good for our country. It’s just been proved now he is no good for the world either.

  8. Akashrup
    July 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Don’t mind my words Sandeep…but WHY shud i trust ur opinion. If anything, I sense a cult mentality in the comments that I went through. The same boot-licker that u spoke about, I don’t know why, but is smell that very thing in your commentators’ base? YES.
    Moreover i don’t really think this is a good piece…since it is HIGHLY biased and polarized. If u start writing something with that frame of mind, u can also prove Gandhi to be the worst thing that happened to this nation. so i m rather skeptic about this blog. Also the title is VERY inappropriate. Ignobel, is an actual title, a respected title.
    To point out a few, check history, like u spoke of Kalam-Sen, I can say the same about Bose-Gandhi regarding the demand of Poorna Swaraj. Ain’t it?
    I am not really a Sen-fan, neither a communist. But I am an educated guy (in fact a Nuclear Physicist), and open to views, but yours here seems to come out of not analysis, but some sick personal grudge against economists, holistically.
    I really hope you are not some day-dreaming anguished guy sitting at home writing blogs. In that case, your credibility has serious issues. If not. Nice Try!
    “An educated mind is the one that can entertain opinions without accepting them”.

  9. Ujwala
    August 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    @Indianrealistsanjay..this was a piece of information..many of us did not know..

  10. gajanan
    July 29, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    “I hope this will be the year for the big one.” My reference was to the Nobel Prize. He laughed and said: “Do you know Dr Mashelkar, you have to be 10 times as good to win the Nobel Prize if you are an Indian!” In the same year, in October 1998, the Nobel Prize for Economics was declared. Amartya Sen won the prize. I remember sending him a one-line congratulatory message: “After all, you were 10 times as good!”
    http://www.csir.res.in/External/Heads/aboutcsir/leaders/DG/noble.pdf
    Thank the inventor of zero that 10 multiplied by zero is zero. What a relief !!!!

  11. anonymous
    July 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Last line from the article
    “Inspirational history can go only so far; it will not bend to Sen’s good cheer”.
    Fouad Ajami takes on Sen on the reasons for Jewish philosopher Maimonides plight.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/30/AR2006033001553.html

  12. Dilkhush
    July 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    It certainly was possible to send relief but for Churchill and the War Cabinet that were hoarding grain for use after the war,” Mukerjee said.
    http://www.ipsnews.net/2010/10/churchill-denied-relief-to-bengal-famine-victims-book-says/
    Has ASen said only consumption and not hoarding which the book says then we must all write to Bowbrick about this , as hoarding during war looks more credible than consumption. If ASen has analysed the cause only as consumption , then I am not in the race for any Nobel prize. May be as JM Smith says he would patronizingly say consumption is hoarding. Haadh hoti hai diplomacy ki!!!

  13. July 5, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    Here is a YT video where Ibn Warraq concludes a brilliant discussion by exposing Amartya Sen’s hypocrisy. what a loser.

  14. Dilkhush
    July 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    http://www.bowbrick.org.uk/Famine%20pages/statistics_you_can_use_to_check.htm
    This lines below from above web site.
    Sen says that in 1943 additional food consumption by war workers in Bengal was so great that there was not enough food left for everyone else. Millions starved. Elsewhere he talks of additional food consumption by all industrial workers. The question is, “How much extra would they have had to eat to cause the famine? Is it possible for anyone to eat that much?”
    Maybe there was mass marriage among war workers , so plenty of stuff must have been diverted for rassagulla and mistis (sweets). Was there a check on obesity of the war workers, or probably due to trauma of war they had eating disorder.

  15. July 3, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    This news came out in a Tamil news paper (Dinamalar) in May 18th this year. I am translating it to the best of my ability.

    The Tiruvannamalai District collector(Ansul Mishra) received an anonymous letter about cheating in public exams (SSLC) in Mount St Joseph Matriculation high school. The collector went under cover to the school find out whether the allegations are true. He found out that the school examiners are having papers with answers in their pockets and have distributed it to students to cheat in the exams. The papers with answers were promptly seized by the district collector. The seven examiners/teachers involved in this fiasco were relieved of their posts.
    Since this incidents, there are talks of investigating the exam results of previous years. There have been talks of investigation officers being threatened in front of the school.

  16. Anand
    July 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    >>I’ll grant you that any third rate school with a hotch-potch of Christian sounding name attracts everyone in Waste Bengal

    Interestingly, the latest fad, at least for the affluent, is to fall for the “American-sounding” name. “Greenwood High”, for example. The discriminating folks though know what truly is quality: schools rooted in Hindu ethos are winning by a big margin; not, I’ll admit, because they are Hindu, but because first and foremost, they are committed to education.

  17. Anand
    July 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    >>Their first choice is a school run by christians because they know their kids will be in good hands.

    Comrade MenkaRockyF, you are living in the previous century. Yes, Christian fundamentalist schools *were* #1 option till recently because they were the only game in town. No longer. The brightest kids in big cities now go to either Hindu or non-denominational schools. Hindu middle-class is saying tata, cheerio & goodbye to the intolerant, communal-minded Christian school. This is in fact one of the reasons underlying the evil RTE. Christian extremists want to destroy winning competition through legislation but they won’t be able to.

  18. Krishnadas
    July 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Hare Krishna , Hare Rama , I am a westerner if you call me so, Please read this article.
    http://www.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Content&sd=Articles&ArticleID=1783
    Dr Frank Morales.
    For the Christian and Muslim, murti-puja is nothing more than the demonic worship of abominable graven images. For the atheist academician, it is merely an instance of primitive superstition. Consequently, each and every time we foolishly call our sacred images “idols”, we are actually insulting the divinities we are claiming to worship, and proclaiming to the world that we are worshipping false gods.
    It is vigraha or deity in English. I used to call idols till I became a follower of Sri La Prabhpada,

  19. Anonymous
    July 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Sandeep , it will take a long time to go thru this web site. Bowbricks critique and Sens rejoinders are treat to read. Sen is unsporting and as mentioned by Bowbrick goes personal. http://www.bowbrick.org.uk/PB%20Senpapers/SenreplyMay1986.pdf (see this)
    SANDEEP THIS IS A MUST READ.
    Peter Bowbrick has challenged ASen. Looks quite sound.
    http://www.bowbrick.org.uk/index.htm
    http://www.bowbrick.org.uk/Famine%20pages/famine.htm

  20. Vineet Bhardwaj
    July 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I have studied in a Christian School in delhi for two years. (11th & 12th) Only reason I joined that school was I wanted to study Science and with my 10th marks could not make it even in my school.

    Sandeep – very nice article on Amartya Sen and Christian schools. I have seen Sen from close quarters and have observed that he gets away with a lot of nonsense by being Noble prize winner.

    Your point about Moral science being only about Bible is absolutely correct. How they brainwash kids, I will give an example. It was monsoon days but the sky was clear. We had a passing shower during assembly (another time for our Principal to preach christanity). Due to rain, the students moved to shade (space under Library and senior class section). It was apparent that the passing shower will be over in 5-10 minutes. But here our Principal told the young students that he prayed to “God Son – Jesus” and rain went away. Imagine telling this to science students.

    Fortunately, our moral science teacher was a man who liked engaging students in debate (he was our English teacher too) and our class is witness that I used to take him up whenever he used to talk bad about Hinduism and our gods and our country. Till the time it was about Bible I had no problem since by being a hindu, respecting someone’s else’ right over his beliefs came naturally to me but never the one to back down if something wrong said about Hindus.

    Christian schools being good schools is a myth spread over a long period starting from pre-independence era when the schools were majorly run by christian missionaries with help of britishers and since then the tag of strict/disciplined etc has stuck to them.

    Keep up the good work.

    We need to hit back the combine of Islamists / Christians/ Communists/ Congressis every time and always at every possible forum. We owe it to our (Hindu) future generations. Use of social media is a boon by way of which we can spread the good word.

    All the best!!!

  21. SS
    July 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    You said it all. Anything added would be more exemplification.
    How sad it is that Nalanda University project was given to this anti-Hindu academic-propagandist by a BJP-sangh parivar inclusive state government. Not surprising though. Our ‘Hindutva’ leaders are anything but conscious Hindus.

  22. Arvind
    July 3, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Anyone else notice that opposing Muslim schools in the land of White people is equated with modernity but if anyone simply points out that it is unfair to subsidize Madrasas in India, Hindus are branded as “fascists” and “Hindu fundamentalists?”

    Clearly, Armartya-Rothschild is a brainwashed fool.

  23. LAKSHMAN
    July 3, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    I studied in a X’ian Missionary school… And I totally agree with this article…

    During my school days, I was a ‘Secular’ guy… (Infact, my religion was Nehruism until 2 years back… I became a Hindu only recently…:P)
    My Social teacher is a hardcore Xian… I used to attend tuition…
    During Tuition time she always used to talk about the evils of Hinduism… The RSS, the VHP and everything else…She used to openly say “sinners are ‘increasing’ in India…”.. “Idol worship is growing” and all that nonsense…
    She used to specially target me becoz. I’m a Brahmin…
    I used to support her blindly…
    I went to such an extent that I hated my own family, religion and my own caste… I was ridiculing Hinduism for many years after I left school… In college, I turned into a complete Athiest…
    It took many days for me to open my eyes…

    One thing I can say about Xian schools… You will either turn into an Athiest or an Agnostic or a Xian… or an unholy cross-breed of all these three cults…

  24. Sandeep
    July 3, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    What’s funny is that NOT ONE commenter has bothered to refute my facts. Instead, they’ve gone on extolling the virtues of Xian schools. This is why I don’t respond to any comments.

  25. July 3, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Hey @menaka,

    Being clever by half, aren’t you? In my ENTIRE state, not ONE Xian school has produced a SINGLE rank student (from 1-10) in the last 40+ years. Considering these schools occupy massive amounts of real estate in prime locations, the 5-star salaried teachers they employ, and the facilities they give students, at least ONE rank from 1-10 should be the least they can do to bolster their own claims.

    Instead, what we began to hear, when I was growing up, was that one of these “top” Xian schools became the Mecca–or Vatican if you will–of adolescent drug addiction quickly followed by its competitor-Xian school. Not just that. This Vatican of adolescent drug addiction was lorded over by what my friend–who studied there–described as a “virile” middle-aged principal who used to bonk the “well-endowed” (again, my friend’s words) principal of the school’s primary education department.

    So much for being “in good hands” and enforcing “discipline.”

  26. Arvind
    July 3, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    “menka wrote: Go and ask any parent.”

    I did. In Delhi, most parents want to send their school to DPS or Mother’s International School, in Chennai it is DAV, Vidya Mandir or Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, in Bengaluru it is National Public School, in Hyderabad it is Gitanjali School or Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in Mumbai the most sought after institution is DG Ruparel (Junior) College, in Chandigarh it is once again DAV, in Pune it is Army Public School although in recent days DPS has joined the list.

    I’ll grant you that any third rate school with a hotch-potch of Christian sounding name attracts everyone in Waste Bengal despite the students failing in one exam after another. We also know that once upon a time before the days of the internet, India Today rigged its ranking lists through the methodology of taking a poll among peers (i.e., Christist school heads) and provide their opinion. That might work if you want to rig the lists, but it cannot change the truth about the extremely poor academic results produced in these schools.

    Moral of the story: Stop indoctrination and conducting brainwashing sessions and students from Christist schools too may do well someday.

  27. Renuka
    July 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Amritya sen and the rest of the clan have a split personality syndrome! Rather ‘ ludakna painda’ Cant even stand on their own views! Very timely article Sandeep!

  28. Rajan
    July 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    As Sita Ram Goel said earlier “Our true enemy is a united front of entrenched alien forces — Islam, Christianity, Communism, Nehruism — to disrupt and discredit the perennial values of the Indian ethos.”
    “A new threat has developed in recent years in the shape of globalisation dominated by Western multinationals.”
    But (according to my view),
    Globalization of modern economies, news and communications necessitates governance on democratic lines.It somehow helps to know the
    truth.

  29. Menka
    July 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    @Arvind

    Go and ask any parent. Their first choice is a school run by christians because they know their kids will be in good hands. They enforce discipline where needed and also have lot of extra curricular activities to develop a child.

  30. Menka
    July 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    A case of sour grapes. It is really pathetic to indulge in this kind of character assasination of a distinguished person but I notice this every where now. People want to degrade noted and respected individuals.

  31. Smith JM
    July 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I have attended the lectures of ASen and MYunus , both from either side of Bengal. For Sen’s lectures you had to pay, whereas Yunus was free. Sen has the colonial construct ( very class oriented like the British royalty) in his shoulders , wheareas Yunus has decolonized himself. One aspect I have not been able to fathom is why Yunus did not get a Nobel Prize in Economics ( he got it for peace) and when he did all his work in microeconomics. This patronizing atitude of ASen puts me and many of my friends switched off.. This talk of schools and church reveals his Janus like atitude. Pretending to be an agnostic and in deeds doing something else. One of the most disappointing Nobel Laureates I have ever come across is A Sen. My hurray is for MYunus.

  32. CC
    July 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Mats, of course you think what I have to say is juvenile and hostile rhetoric because I happen to disagree with you. And what do you mean “forums like these”? What sort of label should I use for you then? Leftist pseudo-secular liberal?

    Are you denying the fact that these Christian schools you’re so proud of discriminate against the native culture and do the exact opposite of promoting secularism? I have attended one such “in high demand” christian school and anyone caught speaking the native language was punished… more severely for repeated offences. The christian teachers somehow made the Hindu students feel “embarrassed” about celebrating Hindu festivals. The “cool” things were Christmas and Jesus.

    So yeah, I’ll say it again. You and Omorto Sen can shove it.

  33. mats
    July 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    @ Arvind CC etc., I am aware that hostile rhetoric and abuse are the norms in forums like this. But such rhetoric has stopped to have impact, because people have grown used to juvenile behavior in the internet.

    I was merely pointing out the reality. Christian-run institutions in India are sustained by the demand from general public in India which includes the few hypocritical malcontents who badmouth Christians and their institutions on the side. These institutions cater to all the communities and contribute to nation-building. The place these institutions have in the public consciousness has evolved historically and is a reality.

    In contrast, the non-Christian religion based school system which the immigrant communities in Britain are clamoring for merely abets or accelerates the self-ghettoization of the identity challenged immigrants.

  34. July 1, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    @mats: i assume your name is matthew and you are a christist. christist schools are not the result of demand from public but the result of Articles 29 and 30 which grant exclusive rights to certain cults to start schools.

  35. Pralay Kumar Bal
    July 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Bengali intellectualism always gravitate towards left of the centre. Subject is twisted beyond readers’ comprehension. Mr Sen is no exception. Though I am Bengali, I identify Bengali intellectuals as super secularists.

    Sandeep, thanks.

  36. CC
    July 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    >> the demand for christian schools in India

    Thickheaded Mr. Mats. This is exactly what is the problem with the Xtian schools. They teach you to hate your own culture and your “native” language so that generations of parents are deluded into thinking that only Christian schools will give their kids a good education. Speaking in English is cool and speaking in marathi means the kid is dumb.

    You and omorto sen will never see the light until you step out of your coconutty shells.

  37. moonclan
    July 1, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    @mats – this is the same general public that the likes of you berate regularly for their general apathy, lack of civic sense and overt fondness for inanities like IPL and Bollywood – but in this case it becomes a paragon of good judgement ? A question for you sir, when an institution claims to be a minority institution and gives preferential treatment to their own lot – isn’t that the very definition of sectarian ? But you seem conditioned to recognize sectarian traits only in those who complain about these christian schools as such. No wonder you view the processes of stealth conversion, and cleaving people from their tradition and heritage and implanting new western identities (in the name of modernity) that these institutions indulge in – as beneficial to this nation.
    Perhaps uniform un-ghettoized identities is good only for the UK ! But that apparently is not good enough for India – where we need the same Christian schools to provide us valuable lessons in “univeralism” and drag us reluctant and ignorant dumb natives towards “modernity”. Isn’t it the subtext of yours and Sen’s message ?

  38. IS
    July 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Good article. We have been looking a long time for a fair critique of Sen. We have reposted the article at http://bharatabharati.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/amartya-sen-the-ignoble-laureate-sandeep/

  39. mats
    July 1, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    An example of emotionally charged canine yelp up the wrong tree.

    The distinction between Christian schools in India (and elsewhere) and the non-Christian religious schools in Britain is this. The demand for Christian schools in India comes from the general public who want to give their children a modern education in a well-run institution. The fascination for Christian run institutions in India is a fact, and is indeed driven by their reputation and delivery. And the aspirants cut across all communities. It is sectarian jealousy by some malcontents that drives the bad-mouthing, however ineffective, of Christian institutions in India.

    But the demand for the non-Christian religious schools in Britain comes from communities in Britain who want to self-ghettoize themselves. It does not bode well for the country.

    Someone like Dr.Sen can easily see this distinction.

  40. Sunil
    July 1, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Hello Sandeep,
    Forgive the nitpicking, it is not the Nobel Prize in Economics but the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. This was not established/funded by Alfred Nobel but by the Swedish Central bank and relatives of Alfred Nobel have gone as far as to blame the bank for misusing their family name through this award.

    In fact, displaying remarkable prescience the great Hayek, himself a recipient had warned that – “the Nobel Prize confers on an individual an authority which in economics no man ought to possess… This does not matter in the natural sciences. Here the influence exercised by an individual is chiefly an influence on his fellow experts; and they will soon cut him down to size if he exceeds his competence. But the influence of the economist that mainly matters is an influence over laymen: politicians, journalists, civil servants and the public generally.”

    Regards

  41. Vinothkumar Parthasarathy
    June 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Hi Sandeep,

    I am reading your articles for last 1 year. I am really moved by your articles because I am from Tamil Nadu where every leaders from various spectrum of political parties (Except BJP) get together in supporting elements which are against Hindus. The so called atheist movements (DK, DMK, MDMK, etc., etc., ) never opened their mouths against Missionaries or Muslims even if they come to know about atrocities committed by them (one recent example 1 or 2 days an young Hindu was killed by his wife’s brothers because he rejected their offer to convert himself to Islam).

    I think you know about Jeyamohan (http://www.jeyamohan.in/) a prominent novelist in Tamil Nadu who wrote something about the monetary funds pumped by Christian Institution to some prominent Marxist scholars for their so called scholarly works, he was ferociously opposed by all pseudo secularists as a Hindu Fundamentalist.

    I recently read your articles about Madurai Sultanate. I think you have to expose the fallaciousness of the Dravidian parties which are more venomous.

  42. MahaLingam
    June 30, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    The Nobel Prize: Way Deadlier, More Damaging and Evil Than Dynamite
    James Delingpole
    Sep 11, 2011

    http://ricochet.com/main-feed/The-Nobel-Prize-Way-Deadlier-More-Damaging-and-Evil-Than-Dynamite

  43. Jooske
    June 30, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Another great article form Sandeep.

    The last sentence is so apt.

    “Kalam brainchild, has now been hijacked by the likes of Amartya Sen, who has mooched the Indian taxpayers of a gargantuan 17100000 Rupees till Feb 2009 in travel and accommodation bills alone, and he has shown zero progress in return for spending all that money.”

    Things have not changed.

    See this short article from 1998

    ICHR’s The Eminent Entrepreneurs!

    http://arunshourie.voiceofdharma.com/articles/19980724.htm

  44. Bodhi Dharma
    June 30, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Good job, Sandeep. Always a pleasure reading your blog.
    Communists/Marxists are incapable of simplicity; everything has be observed through the prism of an outdated, European ideology and taken apart to fit that ideology. In the process, they build up a huge intellectual burden, but they never get to the point of the matter. They are excellent at debates, sarcasm, use big words etc , but they almost NEVER smile. They are intellectually dishonest, empty, suffer from a severe crab mentality, never admit mistakes, are capable of incredible cruelty and complete insensitivity.They are never reasonable when it comes to their ideology.
    Its’ like giving you are pair of glasses with red lenses; your vision is doomed thereafter.
    Look at the entire crowd that testified against the Hindus in the Ran Janmabhoomi case: they are patent frauds.
    Our laureate fits in there effectively.Birds of a feather…..

  45. vous
    June 30, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Apart from a few branches of pure science, the Nobel is simply a fancy title…
    Such a distorted view! The Nobel Prizes are awarded in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine, Literature, and Peace. (The unrelated prize given to Amartya Sen is the “Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel”.) So three out of five Nobel prizes (a majority) are for science, and when I hear “Nobel Prize” I think of physics or chemistry, not “peace” and definitely not the economics non-Nobel. It is still a respectable prize, and physicists generally get the prize for real work, not for kissing ass.

    Don’t let your hate distort reality so much.

  46. bharath
    June 30, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    wonderful post.

    @Sandeep: would wish to know your thoughts on Abdul Kalam.

  47. CC
    June 30, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Brilliant post Sandeep! This had to be said and you have said it well.

    Sen is so deeply deluded, he can never see his own brainwashing in the christian school. And what’s more, these are the precious Christian schools that are now rushing to get the “minority” certificate from the Govt. to escape from the dreaded RTE which would require them to accommodate poor kids. Pathetic.

  48. MahaLingam
    June 30, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Some people get the left wing igNoble prize for doing nothing or for their putative future achievements – Obama. Then you have another left wing economist, Krugman from Columbia, who advocates trillions on dollars in deficit spending.

    Nobel prize was always was and will be a political driven prize especially in non-basic sciences such as Economics and World Politics.

  49. June 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Actually, there is no Noble Prize given for Economics. Noble Prizes are given only in five categories: Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Peace.

    In 1968, Sweden’s Central Bank called Sveriges Riksbank instituted an award, the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Although it is not an official Nobel Prize, its announcements and presentations are made along with the other Nobel Prizes.

    Amartya Sen got the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, not the Nobel Prize as such.

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