Minorities must not be in awe of majority: Amartya Sen

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Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen said the minori-ties and the liberal forces in India, who oppose the divi-sive politics of the present day, need to be more vocal and assertive. Discussing the present scenario in India, Sen said those ruling the country do not constitute a majority, but they are in power by virtue of their ability to skilfully use the tools of the political system.

“I think in modern days, the majority and minority cannot be decided based on who is a Hindu or who is a Muslim, as it is not really clear who is a Hindu.

“Definitely, the number of Dalits and other minorities is very less. But the fact is that those who are ruling the nation they are not the majority in terms of number, but the reason of their power is that they are aptly using the tools of our political system,” Sen said at a discussion on where the Indian democracy is heading. According to Sen, if the census is considered then the number of Hindu popula-tion is quite high.

“The result of 2014 only reflects that the victorious party was successful in that particular system,” said Sen. Answering a question regarding the fear factor among Muslims residing in India, he said: “This very state of mind that if we are minority we will be deprived and will have to suffer, is very weakening in itself.”

“The result will not depend on numbers, but on the reach of electoral procedure and the political system. The important fact for victory would be the ability to strongly raise the issues that need immediate attention and deserve thorough discussion,” Sen said.

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