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[IAC#RG] Amartya Sen’s outburst after being denied second term
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Venkatraman Ns
2015-02-21 11:48:10 UTC
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* Amartya Sen’s
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*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *

*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University and
his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the government
has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who should be
the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour of
incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*

*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*

*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*

*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*

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R. Dua
2015-02-22 06:54:24 UTC
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Agree with Shri Venkataraman ji and Shri Subramaniam ji.
If my memory serves me right mr sen is a noble laureate!
Just delivery of lectures is not everything.How one conducts oneself when
denied is the real test.
Regards to all.
Post by Venkatraman Ns
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* Amartya Sen’s
outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
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Mani Gahatraj
2015-02-25 12:51:20 UTC
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It looks like Mr Sen has viewed his personal gain or non gain as a
barometer of academic freedom and performance of Modi Government. Anybody
is fee to criticise the govt of the day but as a Noble Laureate what has
Mr Sen offered to his country, has he suggested any blue print or a road
map or a paper on improving the economy of the country?
Sad that an academician like him is behaving like a cheap politician and
NDTV is very happy to air his comments and criticism of the Government and
one can see it so clearly what it all means.
Post by R. Dua
Agree with Shri Venkataraman ji and Shri Subramaniam ji.
If my memory serves me right mr sen is a noble laureate!
Just delivery of lectures is not everything.How one conducts oneself when
denied is the real test.
Regards to all.
Post by Venkatraman Ns
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*India Against Corruption *
* Amartya
Sen’s outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
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Madhukar Thote
2015-02-24 06:14:45 UTC
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Dr Amartya Sen should be more careful. He occupies a very high position in
the minds of the people of this country. If one puts self before the
Nation, that high position stands belittled.
M.Y. Thote
Post by Venkatraman Ns
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* Amartya Sen’s
outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
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Mohan Kamath
2015-02-25 06:22:49 UTC
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I fully agree with the views expressed by our friends. Mr. Amrateya Sen's
criticism seems to be politically motivated and is a personal attack to Mr.
Modi. We do not expect a Nobel Laurate has to come to such low level for
the sake of position. He should not have a feeling that except him nobody
has any say on the education system of this country.
Post by Madhukar Thote
Dr Amartya Sen should be more careful. He occupies a very high position in
the minds of the people of this country. If one puts self before the
Nation, that high position stands belittled.
M.Y. Thote
Post by Venkatraman Ns
* To*
*India Against Corruption *
* Amartya
Sen’s outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
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2015-02-25 14:56:50 UTC
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IAC discussing worthless,egoistic character,with little justifiable contrinuition to "Excellence in Higher Education"is a big joke. Did he do anythinhg wrt corrution in MHRD and all Regulatory Bodies? As a serious post-doctoral research scholar on Knowledge Management in Higher Education,I should know better about utility or futility of different hallowed institutions and unduly overrated individuals.Many have been already been exposed,and likes of A S are almost on the anvil. What evidence does he about any significant contribution to the cause of higher education,and what loss of freedom in autonomous functioning of Nalanda does he talk of? People denied perpetutation of their hegemony(almost like birthright) suddenly start raving/rantinhg/cribbing in kiddish manner,quite unbecoming of a Noble Laureate. SPMathur IPS DGP(retd) BE MBA PhD
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Charanjit Jairath
2015-02-25 10:15:44 UTC
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Dear All ,
We should also know about his selfish attitude totally interested in self
interest. He is 80 years old, and getting $ 80000/-per annum. He did not
stay at Nalanda but has stayed through out his tenure at Dehli in luxury
and never visited Nalanda. He appointed his favourite as vice chancellor at
a monthly pay of Rs. 4Lacs, though she was totally unfit for the job. So
much for his concern for the academic freedom.

Gp Capt (Dr) C S Jairath
Post by Madhukar Thote
Dr Amartya Sen should be more careful. He occupies a very high position in
the minds of the people of this country. If one puts self before the
Nation, that high position stands belittled.
M.Y. Thote
Post by Venkatraman Ns
* To*
*India Against Corruption *
* Amartya
Sen's outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi's governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
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Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
2015-02-23 17:35:08 UTC
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I cannot agree with you. The fact cannot be disputed that there have been
unwarranted interference by the governments in the educational
institutions, irrespective of the state and the ruling party. People of
unquestionable stature should be left out of poilitics. Amartya Sen is a
personality of that status. Just because he is not too enthusiastic about
Modi, the government is not too interested about Amartya Sen.
Dr P Chatterjee
Post by Venkatraman Ns
* To*
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* Amartya Sen’s
outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
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vichitra sharma
2015-02-25 06:02:37 UTC
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Please read the main OP-ED lead in the Indian Express of February 24, 2015
- NALANDA'S COSY CLUB- by Ashok Malik.

Vichitra

On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM, Protyush Chatterjeesopedis <
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
I cannot agree with you. The fact cannot be disputed that there have been
unwarranted interference by the governments in the educational
institutions, irrespective of the state and the ruling party. People of
unquestionable stature should be left out of poilitics. Amartya Sen is a
personality of that status. Just because he is not too enthusiastic about
Modi, the government is not too interested about Amartya Sen.
Dr P Chatterjee
Post by Venkatraman Ns
* To*
*India Against Corruption *
* Amartya
Sen’s outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
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Arun Singh
2015-02-25 05:41:51 UTC
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Let the facts about Nalanda University be brought in the public domain. I
do not think that the BJP Government is in the wrong here. This mentality
of ours to import Indian born academicians, who have spent their working
lives in the West, and give them the numero uno positions in Indian
universities will not succeed. These people have no idea of the ground
realities in India.

Courtesy: Hem Lohumi (whose post I am sharing)
Amitabh Joshi (for bringing this to my notice)

Sanjeev Sanghi ( for sharing the facts)

Another perspective in the ongoing controversy! Take your pick

Nalanda University, Amartya Sen and the massive fraud in reconstruction !!
Aside August 26, 2014 February 20, 2015 Shwetank History, Socio Political
Nalanda University was an ancient centre of learning in India, and among
the first great universities in recorded history, predating such
institutions of higher learning like Al-Azhar in Egypt (10th century AD),
the University of Bologna in Italy (11th century AD), and Oxford University
in England (12th century AD). It was also the first ever residential
university in the world, holding capacity for thousands of students to stay
on campus in dorms.
One of the interesting aspects of Nalanda University was its intake of
‘international students’ from as far away as Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, as
well as Southeast, Central, and Western Asian regions. Nalanda University’s
appeal to scholars from these regions was due to the fact that it was one
of the most important seats of learning in the Buddhist world. But despite
its focus on the study of Buddhism, students at Nalanda University were
allowed to pursue other areas of knowledge, such as the fine arts,
medicine, astronomy, mathematics, politics, and even the art of war. As a
result, numerous illustrious thinkers were associated with the university.
The real blow to Nalanda came with the arrival ov Muslim invaders in 1197
led by Mohammad Bakhtiyar Khilji, a general of Qutubuddin Aibak, who were
intolerant of the other religions and cultures. Much of the university was
demolished, its priceless library was burnt down and many of its scholars,
including Buddhist monks, were mercilessly slaughtered, in what was one of
the greatest acts of cultural vandalism in India.
The Scam : Private Estate with Public Money
For a long time now Amartya Sen has aired views upon everything except
perhaps economics. He is a ‘historian’, ‘political scientist’,
‘philosopher’, ‘sociologist’, ‘institution builder’, ‘self-appointed
non-resident Chancellor, Nalanda University’. He has been adored by Indians
almost as a sage. The Nobel Laureate in Economics (1998) never had any
practical solution for India’s economy in testing times. Neither his
economist friend Manmohan Singh nor his student Kaushik Basu, former Chief
Economic Adviser, could leave it in better shape.
The Govt spent Rs. 2.11 Crore on meetings held by a “Mentor Group”
constituted under the chairmanship of Prof Amartya Sen in Singapore, Tokyo,
New York & Delhi to conceptualize establishment of the university. The
group formed in 2007 was supposed to file a final report in nine months but
Amartya Sen never bothered to submit even in three years the detailed
project report. The great economist could not even prepare a financial
estimate for the project or bring any funds from abroad. Yet he was made
Chairman of the Governing Board of Nalanda University. And finally the
Board, chaired by him, chose him as the Chancellor in Beijing in 2011. What
could be a better way to cling on to power; enjoy flying trips and luxury
hospitality; and get repeated opportunities to preach to lesser mortals of
India? A courteous media never put uncomfortable questions to him when
scandalous appointments and arbitrary dealings became apparent in Nalanda
University.


N1}. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, who originally envisioned
the project, resigned in disgust but never shared with media why exactly he
left the Nalanda University project. The project was his brainchild. It was
obvious in Kalam’s own words- his letter to the External Affairs Minister
on July 4, 2011. Kalam’s letter to Mr. S. M. Krishna reveals why he was not
in a position to become the first Visitor of the Nalanda University The MEA
suppressed the letter until it was retrieved through an RTI application.


N2}. Kalam felt frustrated with the people at helm of affairs. His
resignation is evidently a rebuff to Prof. Amartya Sen and his protégé Dr.
Gopa Sabharwal, smuggled in as the Vice Chancellor-Designate without his
knowledge. Being chairman, Governing Board, Prof. Sen’s position is
equivalent to Chancellor (the University officially has none as yet).
Neither Prof. Sen nor Dr. Sabharwal could inspire the confidence of Dr.
Kalam.
With a mind besotted with Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard he views Nalanda
University through that prism. The glory of ancient Nalanda University was
not really that students from all over East Asia came to study there. Its
glory was that committed Pandits like Arya Dev, Silabhadra, Dharmapala,
Santarakshita and Chandragomin spent their lives for the sake of that
institution. But to Prof. Sen ‘Nalanda University’ is pure exotica. Had
Amartya declared, having achieved and obtained everything an academician
can dream of, building Nalanda University was his life’s mission and he
would settle down in Bihar for that, one could have appreciated it. But
Amartya views ‘Nalanda University’ as an opportunity for flying trips (at
the cost of Indian taxpayers) and flowery speeches. The fault lies actually
with Indian establishment. Entrusting the task reviving Nalanda University
to Amartya Sen & Co is testimony of India’s obsequiousness. This
obsequiousness is what Dr. Kalam has repeatedly warned Indians against.
The controversy, however, erupted with the appointment of a ‘Vice
Chancellor, designate’. In reply to a question on August 25, MEA said no
vice-chancellor has been appointed in Nalanda University. However,
according to an RTI reply, vice chancellor Gopa Sabharwal and seven of her
associates are drawing salaries since October 2010. Vice-chancellor draws
salary of Rs 5,06,513 per month. As per the Act, the headquarters should be
at Nalanda, Bihar, but within two months of Gazette notification on
September 22 last year, were shifted to RK Puram in New Delhi.
Under Government of India Allocation of Business Rules, 1961, MEA is not
authorized to manage or own a university unless part of an
inter-governmental agreement. No inter-governmental agreement exists for
Nalanda University, unlike the South Asian University. The incumbent Gopa
Sabharwal, appointed through an order issued by a secretary in MEA on the
recommendation of the mentor group, is just a reader in the department of
sociology in the Lady Sri Ram College and has nothing to do with the
Buddhist studies for which the university is to be set up. She did not meet
the mandatory qualification set by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
for the vice-chancellors of the central and state universities to be
distinguished academicians with a minimum ten years of experience as a
professor in a university system.
Ignoring the government’s recruitment rules that require public notice, Dr
Sabharwal picked up her friend Dr Anjana Sharma, an associate professor in
Delhi University, as the Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) on deputation, with
gross monthly salary of Rs 3.30 lakhs, which is more than the salary of a
Vice-Chancellor in the rest of the country.
The Standing Committee of the ministry says in its report just tabled in
Parliament that the Nalanda project was estimated in 2007 to cost Rs 1,005
crore but this may have to be revised, and that the same mentor group has
now become the interim governing board of the university. In its very first
meeting in February, this board nominated adviser committee to help out and
two persons representing India in it are Ms Upinder Singh, daughter of
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and her colleague Ms Nayanjot Lahiri, who
are not experts on any aspect of the Nalanda tradition or history.
But as Amartya Sen’s letter to Pranab Mukherjee, i.e., February 2009
reveals he recommended three names for the post of Rector. They were in
order of preference a) Dr. Gopa Sabharwal b) Dr. Ramchandra Guha and c) Dr.
Pratap Bahanu Mehta.
How the names of the three candidates were shortlisted; how was the
selection process conducted; and who were there in the search committee is
a closely guarded secret. As far as one understands (a) the plump post was
never advertised/publicised (b) no search committee was constituted c)
there was no interview or selection process and d) Ramachandra Guha and
Pratap Bhanu Mehta were never contacted for this top job. Amartya Sen never
submitted any supporting papers related to the selection.


N3}. Amartya Sen’s criticism of Narendra Modi is also a product of
political sponsorship. It has to be understood in the perspective of the
‘politics of obligation’ practised within the Amartya Sen-JD(U)-UPA
triangle. The cornerstone of this relationship is vested in the Nalanda
University project. It is this fraudulent project that binds Amartya Sen,
UPA and Nitish Kumar. It extends to supporting the policies of Manmohan
Singh’s Government in New Delhi and Nitish Kumar’s Government in Bihar. In
fact Manmohan Singh and Nitish Kumar are both using Amartya Sen to validate
their policies (including follies).
N4}. Many primary school buildings are better than this building worth
several hundred crores.
Amartya Sen is threatening to resign after the finance ministry raised
pointed queries on the financial management of the varsity, said an Indian
Express report. The varsity has been granted a massive Rs 2,727 crore
financial support package over a period of 12 years. The finance ministry’s
Department of Expenditure has asked the Ministry of External Affairs, the
nodal ministry for the project, the reasons why government rules should not
apply to the project, said the Indian Express report.


Nalanda University has become a private estate with public money in the
name of autonomy. Amartya has no fig leaves to the hide himself. Only the
media is not asking him the right questions.




~


Regards


Arun

PS: Views expressed here are of my own, I am neither related to any
political outfit/ organisation, Nor I am endorsing any party views, This
analysation is mine based on the excerpts received from different sources.

On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM, Protyush Chatterjeesopedis <
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
I cannot agree with you. The fact cannot be disputed that there have been
unwarranted interference by the governments in the educational
institutions, irrespective of the state and the ruling party. People of
unquestionable stature should be left out of poilitics. Amartya Sen is a
personality of that status. Just because he is not too enthusiastic about
Modi, the government is not too interested about Amartya Sen.
Dr P Chatterjee
Post by Venkatraman Ns
* To*
*India Against Corruption *
* Amartya
Sen’s outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
*N.S.Venkataraman*
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Dr Amartya Sen who is famed for his antiquated economic theories is now
free to join Anna Hazare's halla bol against Narendra Damodardas Modi at
Jantar Mantar ! HA HA !
Post by Arun Singh
Let the facts about Nalanda University be brought in the public domain. I
do not think that the BJP Government is in the wrong here. This mentality
of ours to import Indian born academicians, who have spent their working
lives in the West, and give them the numero uno positions in Indian
universities will not succeed. These people have no idea of the ground
realities in India.
Courtesy: Hem Lohumi (whose post I am sharing)
Amitabh Joshi (for bringing this to my notice)
Sanjeev Sanghi ( for sharing the facts)
Another perspective in the ongoing controversy! Take your pick

Nalanda University, Amartya Sen and the massive fraud in reconstruction !!
Aside August 26, 2014 February 20, 2015 Shwetank History, Socio Political
Nalanda University was an ancient centre of learning in India, and among
the first great universities in recorded history, predating such
institutions of higher learning like Al-Azhar in Egypt (10th century AD),
the University of Bologna in Italy (11th century AD), and Oxford University
in England (12th century AD). It was also the first ever residential
university in the world, holding capacity for thousands of students to stay
on campus in dorms.
One of the interesting aspects of Nalanda University was its intake of
‘international students’ from as far away as Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, as
well as Southeast, Central, and Western Asian regions. Nalanda University’s
appeal to scholars from these regions was due to the fact that it was one
of the most important seats of learning in the Buddhist world. But despite
its focus on the study of Buddhism, students at Nalanda University were
allowed to pursue other areas of knowledge, such as the fine arts,
medicine, astronomy, mathematics, politics, and even the art of war. As a
result, numerous illustrious thinkers were associated with the university.
The real blow to Nalanda came with the arrival ov Muslim invaders in 1197
led by Mohammad Bakhtiyar Khilji, a general of Qutubuddin Aibak, who were
intolerant of the other religions and cultures. Much of the university was
demolished, its priceless library was burnt down and many of its scholars,
including Buddhist monks, were mercilessly slaughtered, in what was one of
the greatest acts of cultural vandalism in India.
The Scam : Private Estate with Public Money
For a long time now Amartya Sen has aired views upon everything except
perhaps economics. He is a ‘historian’, ‘political scientist’,
‘philosopher’, ‘sociologist’, ‘institution builder’, ‘self-appointed
non-resident Chancellor, Nalanda University’. He has been adored by Indians
almost as a sage. The Nobel Laureate in Economics (1998) never had any
practical solution for India’s economy in testing times. Neither his
economist friend Manmohan Singh nor his student Kaushik Basu, former Chief
Economic Adviser, could leave it in better shape.
The Govt spent Rs. 2.11 Crore on meetings held by a “Mentor Group”
constituted under the chairmanship of Prof Amartya Sen in Singapore, Tokyo,
New York & Delhi to conceptualize establishment of the university. The
group formed in 2007 was supposed to file a final report in nine months but
Amartya Sen never bothered to submit even in three years the detailed
project report. The great economist could not even prepare a financial
estimate for the project or bring any funds from abroad. Yet he was made
Chairman of the Governing Board of Nalanda University. And finally the
Board, chaired by him, chose him as the Chancellor in Beijing in 2011. What
could be a better way to cling on to power; enjoy flying trips and luxury
hospitality; and get repeated opportunities to preach to lesser mortals of
India? A courteous media never put uncomfortable questions to him when
scandalous appointments and arbitrary dealings became apparent in Nalanda
University.
N1}. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, who originally envisioned
the project, resigned in disgust but never shared with media why exactly he
left the Nalanda University project. The project was his brainchild. It was
obvious in Kalam’s own words- his letter to the External Affairs Minister
on July 4, 2011. Kalam’s letter to Mr. S. M. Krishna reveals why he was not
in a position to become the first Visitor of the Nalanda University The MEA
suppressed the letter until it was retrieved through an RTI application.
N2}. Kalam felt frustrated with the people at helm of affairs. His
resignation is evidently a rebuff to Prof. Amartya Sen and his protégé Dr.
Gopa Sabharwal, smuggled in as the Vice Chancellor-Designate without his
knowledge. Being chairman, Governing Board, Prof. Sen’s position is
equivalent to Chancellor (the University officially has none as yet).
Neither Prof. Sen nor Dr. Sabharwal could inspire the confidence of Dr.
Kalam.
With a mind besotted with Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard he views Nalanda
University through that prism. The glory of ancient Nalanda University was
not really that students from all over East Asia came to study there. Its
glory was that committed Pandits like Arya Dev, Silabhadra, Dharmapala,
Santarakshita and Chandragomin spent their lives for the sake of that
institution. But to Prof. Sen ‘Nalanda University’ is pure exotica. Had
Amartya declared, having achieved and obtained everything an academician
can dream of, building Nalanda University was his life’s mission and he
would settle down in Bihar for that, one could have appreciated it. But
Amartya views ‘Nalanda University’ as an opportunity for flying trips (at
the cost of Indian taxpayers) and flowery speeches. The fault lies actually
with Indian establishment. Entrusting the task reviving Nalanda University
to Amartya Sen & Co is testimony of India’s obsequiousness. This
obsequiousness is what Dr. Kalam has repeatedly warned Indians against.
The controversy, however, erupted with the appointment of a ‘Vice
Chancellor, designate’. In reply to a question on August 25, MEA said no
vice-chancellor has been appointed in Nalanda University. However,
according to an RTI reply, vice chancellor Gopa Sabharwal and seven of her
associates are drawing salaries since October 2010. Vice-chancellor draws
salary of Rs 5,06,513 per month. As per the Act, the headquarters should be
at Nalanda, Bihar, but within two months of Gazette notification on
September 22 last year, were shifted to RK Puram in New Delhi.
Under Government of India Allocation of Business Rules, 1961, MEA is not
authorized to manage or own a university unless part of an
inter-governmental agreement. No inter-governmental agreement exists for
Nalanda University, unlike the South Asian University. The incumbent Gopa
Sabharwal, appointed through an order issued by a secretary in MEA on the
recommendation of the mentor group, is just a reader in the department of
sociology in the Lady Sri Ram College and has nothing to do with the
Buddhist studies for which the university is to be set up. She did not meet
the mandatory qualification set by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
for the vice-chancellors of the central and state universities to be
distinguished academicians with a minimum ten years of experience as a
professor in a university system.
Ignoring the government’s recruitment rules that require public notice, Dr
Sabharwal picked up her friend Dr Anjana Sharma, an associate professor in
Delhi University, as the Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) on deputation, with
gross monthly salary of Rs 3.30 lakhs, which is more than the salary of a
Vice-Chancellor in the rest of the country.
The Standing Committee of the ministry says in its report just tabled in
Parliament that the Nalanda project was estimated in 2007 to cost Rs 1,005
crore but this may have to be revised, and that the same mentor group has
now become the interim governing board of the university. In its very first
meeting in February, this board nominated adviser committee to help out and
two persons representing India in it are Ms Upinder Singh, daughter of
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and her colleague Ms Nayanjot Lahiri, who
are not experts on any aspect of the Nalanda tradition or history.
But as Amartya Sen’s letter to Pranab Mukherjee, i.e., February 2009
reveals he recommended three names for the post of Rector. They were in
order of preference a) Dr. Gopa Sabharwal b) Dr. Ramchandra Guha and c) Dr.
Pratap Bahanu Mehta.
How the names of the three candidates were shortlisted; how was the
selection process conducted; and who were there in the search committee is
a closely guarded secret. As far as one understands (a) the plump post was
never advertised/publicised (b) no search committee was constituted c)
there was no interview or selection process and d) Ramachandra Guha and
Pratap Bhanu Mehta were never contacted for this top job. Amartya Sen never
submitted any supporting papers related to the selection.
N3}. Amartya Sen’s criticism of Narendra Modi is also a product of
political sponsorship. It has to be understood in the perspective of the
‘politics of obligation’ practised within the Amartya Sen-JD(U)-UPA
triangle. The cornerstone of this relationship is vested in the Nalanda
University project. It is this fraudulent project that binds Amartya Sen,
UPA and Nitish Kumar. It extends to supporting the policies of Manmohan
Singh’s Government in New Delhi and Nitish Kumar’s Government in Bihar. In
fact Manmohan Singh and Nitish Kumar are both using Amartya Sen to validate
their policies (including follies).
N4}. Many primary school buildings are better than this building worth
several hundred crores.
Amartya Sen is threatening to resign after the finance ministry raised
pointed queries on the financial management of the varsity, said an Indian
Express report. The varsity has been granted a massive Rs 2,727 crore
financial support package over a period of 12 years. The finance ministry’s
Department of Expenditure has asked the Ministry of External Affairs, the
nodal ministry for the project, the reasons why government rules should not
apply to the project, said the Indian Express report.
Nalanda University has become a private estate with public money in the
name of autonomy. Amartya has no fig leaves to the hide himself. Only the
media is not asking him the right questions.
~
Regards
Arun
PS: Views expressed here are of my own, I am neither related to any
political outfit/ organisation, Nor I am endorsing any party views, This
analysation is mine based on the excerpts received from different sources.
On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM, Protyush Chatterjeesopedis <
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
I cannot agree with you. The fact cannot be disputed that there have been
unwarranted interference by the governments in the educational
institutions, irrespective of the state and the ruling party. People of
unquestionable stature should be left out of poilitics. Amartya Sen is a
personality of that status. Just because he is not too enthusiastic about
Modi, the government is not too interested about Amartya Sen.
Dr P Chatterjee
On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 5:18 PM, Venkatraman Ns <
Post by Venkatraman Ns
* To*
*India Against Corruption *
* Amartya
Sen’s outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
*N.S.Venkataraman*
*Nandini Voice For The Deprived*
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The opinions and counter-opinions about Nalanda & Amartya Sen,
unfortunately represents the mindset of Indians, common man and
politicians alike. The mindset is " if I cannot convince with my
arguments based on sound reasons, I would better make my voice heard
by using insulting or abusive language, no matter how learned or
respected the man may be". So long Amartya Sen was in the liking of
the powers-to-be, he was exceptionally learned and appropriate for a
post. As soon as he fell out, he became, not only a non-entity, but
worse than many others. This is one of the reasons why talented people
do not stay in this country. Here any Tom, Dick & Harry tends to pull
down the talent from below. They say, brain-drain is better than brain
in the drain.
On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Pranab Kumar Chakravarty
Dr Amartya Sen who is famed for his antiquated economic theories is now free to join Anna Hazare's halla bol against Narendra Damodardas Modi at Jantar Mantar ! HA HA !
Let the facts about Nalanda University be brought in the public domain. I do not think that the BJP Government is in the wrong here. This mentality of ours to import Indian born academicians, who have spent their working lives in the West, and give them the numero uno positions in Indian universities will not succeed. These people have no idea of the ground realities in India.
Courtesy: Hem Lohumi (whose post I am sharing)
Amitabh Joshi (for bringing this to my notice)
Sanjeev Sanghi ( for sharing the facts)
Another perspective in the ongoing controversy! Take your pick

Nalanda University, Amartya Sen and the massive fraud in reconstruction !!
Aside August 26, 2014 February 20, 2015 Shwetank History, Socio Political
Nalanda University was an ancient centre of learning in India, and among the first great universities in recorded history, predating such institutions of higher learning like Al-Azhar in Egypt (10th century AD), the University of Bologna in Italy (11th century AD), and Oxford University in England (12th century AD). It was also the first ever residential university in the world, holding capacity for thousands of students to stay on campus in dorms.
One of the interesting aspects of Nalanda University was its intake of ‘international students’ from as far away as Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, as well as Southeast, Central, and Western Asian regions. Nalanda University’s appeal to scholars from these regions was due to the fact that it was one of the most important seats of learning in the Buddhist world. But despite its focus on the study of Buddhism, students at Nalanda University were allowed to pursue other areas of knowledge, such as the fine arts, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, politics, and even the art of war. As a result, numerous illustrious thinkers were associated with the university.
The real blow to Nalanda came with the arrival ov Muslim invaders in 1197 led by Mohammad Bakhtiyar Khilji, a general of Qutubuddin Aibak, who were intolerant of the other religions and cultures. Much of the university was demolished, its priceless library was burnt down and many of its scholars, including Buddhist monks, were mercilessly slaughtered, in what was one of the greatest acts of cultural vandalism in India.
The Scam : Private Estate with Public Money
For a long time now Amartya Sen has aired views upon everything except perhaps economics. He is a ‘historian’, ‘political scientist’, ‘philosopher’, ‘sociologist’, ‘institution builder’, ‘self-appointed non-resident Chancellor, Nalanda University’. He has been adored by Indians almost as a sage. The Nobel Laureate in Economics (1998) never had any practical solution for India’s economy in testing times. Neither his economist friend Manmohan Singh nor his student Kaushik Basu, former Chief Economic Adviser, could leave it in better shape.
The Govt spent Rs. 2.11 Crore on meetings held by a “Mentor Group” constituted under the chairmanship of Prof Amartya Sen in Singapore, Tokyo, New York & Delhi to conceptualize establishment of the university. The group formed in 2007 was supposed to file a final report in nine months but Amartya Sen never bothered to submit even in three years the detailed project report. The great economist could not even prepare a financial estimate for the project or bring any funds from abroad. Yet he was made Chairman of the Governing Board of Nalanda University. And finally the Board, chaired by him, chose him as the Chancellor in Beijing in 2011. What could be a better way to cling on to power; enjoy flying trips and luxury hospitality; and get repeated opportunities to preach to lesser mortals of India? A courteous media never put uncomfortable questions to him when scandalous appointments and arbitrary dealings became apparent in Nalanda University.
N1}. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, who originally envisioned the project, resigned in disgust but never shared with media why exactly he left the Nalanda University project. The project was his brainchild. It was obvious in Kalam’s own words- his letter to the External Affairs Minister on July 4, 2011. Kalam’s letter to Mr. S. M. Krishna reveals why he was not in a position to become the first Visitor of the Nalanda University The MEA suppressed the letter until it was retrieved through an RTI application.
N2}. Kalam felt frustrated with the people at helm of affairs. His resignation is evidently a rebuff to Prof. Amartya Sen and his protégé Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, smuggled in as the Vice Chancellor-Designate without his knowledge. Being chairman, Governing Board, Prof. Sen’s position is equivalent to Chancellor (the University officially has none as yet). Neither Prof. Sen nor Dr. Sabharwal could inspire the confidence of Dr. Kalam.
With a mind besotted with Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard he views Nalanda University through that prism. The glory of ancient Nalanda University was not really that students from all over East Asia came to study there. Its glory was that committed Pandits like Arya Dev, Silabhadra, Dharmapala, Santarakshita and Chandragomin spent their lives for the sake of that institution. But to Prof. Sen ‘Nalanda University’ is pure exotica. Had Amartya declared, having achieved and obtained everything an academician can dream of, building Nalanda University was his life’s mission and he would settle down in Bihar for that, one could have appreciated it. But Amartya views ‘Nalanda University’ as an opportunity for flying trips (at the cost of Indian taxpayers) and flowery speeches. The fault lies actually with Indian establishment. Entrusting the task reviving Nalanda University to Amartya Sen & Co is testimony of India’s obsequiousness. This obsequiousness is what Dr. Kalam has repeatedly warned Indians against.
The controversy, however, erupted with the appointment of a ‘Vice Chancellor, designate’. In reply to a question on August 25, MEA said no vice-chancellor has been appointed in Nalanda University. However, according to an RTI reply, vice chancellor Gopa Sabharwal and seven of her associates are drawing salaries since October 2010. Vice-chancellor draws salary of Rs 5,06,513 per month. As per the Act, the headquarters should be at Nalanda, Bihar, but within two months of Gazette notification on September 22 last year, were shifted to RK Puram in New Delhi.
Under Government of India Allocation of Business Rules, 1961, MEA is not authorized to manage or own a university unless part of an inter-governmental agreement. No inter-governmental agreement exists for Nalanda University, unlike the South Asian University. The incumbent Gopa Sabharwal, appointed through an order issued by a secretary in MEA on the recommendation of the mentor group, is just a reader in the department of sociology in the Lady Sri Ram College and has nothing to do with the Buddhist studies for which the university is to be set up. She did not meet the mandatory qualification set by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the vice-chancellors of the central and state universities to be distinguished academicians with a minimum ten years of experience as a professor in a university system.
Ignoring the government’s recruitment rules that require public notice, Dr Sabharwal picked up her friend Dr Anjana Sharma, an associate professor in Delhi University, as the Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) on deputation, with gross monthly salary of Rs 3.30 lakhs, which is more than the salary of a Vice-Chancellor in the rest of the country.
The Standing Committee of the ministry says in its report just tabled in Parliament that the Nalanda project was estimated in 2007 to cost Rs 1,005 crore but this may have to be revised, and that the same mentor group has now become the interim governing board of the university. In its very first meeting in February, this board nominated adviser committee to help out and two persons representing India in it are Ms Upinder Singh, daughter of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and her colleague Ms Nayanjot Lahiri, who are not experts on any aspect of the Nalanda tradition or history.
But as Amartya Sen’s letter to Pranab Mukherjee, i.e., February 2009 reveals he recommended three names for the post of Rector. They were in order of preference a) Dr. Gopa Sabharwal b) Dr. Ramchandra Guha and c) Dr. Pratap Bahanu Mehta.
How the names of the three candidates were shortlisted; how was the selection process conducted; and who were there in the search committee is a closely guarded secret. As far as one understands (a) the plump post was never advertised/publicised (b) no search committee was constituted c) there was no interview or selection process and d) Ramachandra Guha and Pratap Bhanu Mehta were never contacted for this top job. Amartya Sen never submitted any supporting papers related to the selection.
N3}. Amartya Sen’s criticism of Narendra Modi is also a product of political sponsorship. It has to be understood in the perspective of the ‘politics of obligation’ practised within the Amartya Sen-JD(U)-UPA triangle. The cornerstone of this relationship is vested in the Nalanda University project. It is this fraudulent project that binds Amartya Sen, UPA and Nitish Kumar. It extends to supporting the policies of Manmohan Singh’s Government in New Delhi and Nitish Kumar’s Government in Bihar. In fact Manmohan Singh and Nitish Kumar are both using Amartya Sen to validate their policies (including follies).
N4}. Many primary school buildings are better than this building worth several hundred crores.
Amartya Sen is threatening to resign after the finance ministry raised pointed queries on the financial management of the varsity, said an Indian Express report. The varsity has been granted a massive Rs 2,727 crore financial support package over a period of 12 years. The finance ministry’s Department of Expenditure has asked the Ministry of External Affairs, the nodal ministry for the project, the reasons why government rules should not apply to the project, said the Indian Express report.
Nalanda University has become a private estate with public money in the name of autonomy. Amartya has no fig leaves to the hide himself. Only the media is not asking him the right questions.
~
Regards
Arun
PS: Views expressed here are of my own, I am neither related to any political outfit/ organisation, Nor I am endorsing any party views, This analysation is mine based on the excerpts received from different sources.
I cannot agree with you. The fact cannot be disputed that there have been unwarranted interference by the governments in the educational institutions, irrespective of the state and the ruling party. People of unquestionable stature should be left out of poilitics. Amartya Sen is a personality of that status. Just because he is not too enthusiastic about Modi, the government is not too interested about Amartya Sen.
Dr P Chatterjee
Post by Venkatraman Ns
To
India Against Corruption
Amartya Sen’s outburst after being denied second term
On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University, Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his personal interests.
Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the government.
By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly, there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to examine such possibilities.
It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of Chancellor.
It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a person holding position as Chancellor of University.
N.S.Venkataraman
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Thnx to this portal for sharing info abt this matter.
It is a known fact that these ppl who give lectures to 'us lower mortals'
have feet of clay.
Alas Dr Amartya Sen seems to be no different.A great institution of
learning like Nalanda brought to this state.
All state funded orgs should be answerable to ppl ALL THE TIME.
Regards.
On 25 Feb 2015 22:34, "Pranab Kumar Chakravarty" <
Post by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty
Dr Amartya Sen who is famed for his antiquated economic theories is now
free to join Anna Hazare's halla bol against Narendra Damodardas Modi at
Jantar Mantar ! HA HA !
Post by Arun Singh
Let the facts about Nalanda University be brought in the public domain. I
do not think that the BJP Government is in the wrong here. This mentality
of ours to import Indian born academicians, who have spent their working
lives in the West, and give them the numero uno positions in Indian
universities will not succeed. These people have no idea of the ground
realities in India.
Courtesy: Hem Lohumi (whose post I am sharing)
Amitabh Joshi (for bringing this to my notice)
Sanjeev Sanghi ( for sharing the facts)
Another perspective in the ongoing controversy! Take your pick

Nalanda University, Amartya Sen and the massive fraud in reconstruction !!
Aside August 26, 2014 February 20, 2015 Shwetank History, Socio Political
Nalanda University was an ancient centre of learning in India, and among
the first great universities in recorded history, predating such
institutions of higher learning like Al-Azhar in Egypt (10th century AD),
the University of Bologna in Italy (11th century AD), and Oxford University
in England (12th century AD). It was also the first ever residential
university in the world, holding capacity for thousands of students to stay
on campus in dorms.
One of the interesting aspects of Nalanda University was its intake of
‘international students’ from as far away as Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, as
well as Southeast, Central, and Western Asian regions. Nalanda University’s
appeal to scholars from these regions was due to the fact that it was one
of the most important seats of learning in the Buddhist world. But despite
its focus on the study of Buddhism, students at Nalanda University were
allowed to pursue other areas of knowledge, such as the fine arts,
medicine, astronomy, mathematics, politics, and even the art of war. As a
result, numerous illustrious thinkers were associated with the university.
The real blow to Nalanda came with the arrival ov Muslim invaders in 1197
led by Mohammad Bakhtiyar Khilji, a general of Qutubuddin Aibak, who were
intolerant of the other religions and cultures. Much of the university was
demolished, its priceless library was burnt down and many of its scholars,
including Buddhist monks, were mercilessly slaughtered, in what was one of
the greatest acts of cultural vandalism in India.
The Scam : Private Estate with Public Money
For a long time now Amartya Sen has aired views upon everything except
perhaps economics. He is a ‘historian’, ‘political scientist’,
‘philosopher’, ‘sociologist’, ‘institution builder’, ‘self-appointed
non-resident Chancellor, Nalanda University’. He has been adored by Indians
almost as a sage. The Nobel Laureate in Economics (1998) never had any
practical solution for India’s economy in testing times. Neither his
economist friend Manmohan Singh nor his student Kaushik Basu, former Chief
Economic Adviser, could leave it in better shape.
The Govt spent Rs. 2.11 Crore on meetings held by a “Mentor Group”
constituted under the chairmanship of Prof Amartya Sen in Singapore, Tokyo,
New York & Delhi to conceptualize establishment of the university. The
group formed in 2007 was supposed to file a final report in nine months but
Amartya Sen never bothered to submit even in three years the detailed
project report. The great economist could not even prepare a financial
estimate for the project or bring any funds from abroad. Yet he was made
Chairman of the Governing Board of Nalanda University. And finally the
Board, chaired by him, chose him as the Chancellor in Beijing in 2011. What
could be a better way to cling on to power; enjoy flying trips and luxury
hospitality; and get repeated opportunities to preach to lesser mortals of
India? A courteous media never put uncomfortable questions to him when
scandalous appointments and arbitrary dealings became apparent in Nalanda
University.
N1}. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, who originally
envisioned the project, resigned in disgust but never shared with media why
exactly he left the Nalanda University project. The project was his
brainchild. It was obvious in Kalam’s own words- his letter to the External
Affairs Minister on July 4, 2011. Kalam’s letter to Mr. S. M. Krishna
reveals why he was not in a position to become the first Visitor of the
Nalanda University The MEA suppressed the letter until it was retrieved
through an RTI application.
N2}. Kalam felt frustrated with the people at helm of affairs. His
resignation is evidently a rebuff to Prof. Amartya Sen and his protégé Dr.
Gopa Sabharwal, smuggled in as the Vice Chancellor-Designate without his
knowledge. Being chairman, Governing Board, Prof. Sen’s position is
equivalent to Chancellor (the University officially has none as yet).
Neither Prof. Sen nor Dr. Sabharwal could inspire the confidence of Dr.
Kalam.
With a mind besotted with Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard he views Nalanda
University through that prism. The glory of ancient Nalanda University was
not really that students from all over East Asia came to study there. Its
glory was that committed Pandits like Arya Dev, Silabhadra, Dharmapala,
Santarakshita and Chandragomin spent their lives for the sake of that
institution. But to Prof. Sen ‘Nalanda University’ is pure exotica. Had
Amartya declared, having achieved and obtained everything an academician
can dream of, building Nalanda University was his life’s mission and he
would settle down in Bihar for that, one could have appreciated it. But
Amartya views ‘Nalanda University’ as an opportunity for flying trips (at
the cost of Indian taxpayers) and flowery speeches. The fault lies actually
with Indian establishment. Entrusting the task reviving Nalanda University
to Amartya Sen & Co is testimony of India’s obsequiousness. This
obsequiousness is what Dr. Kalam has repeatedly warned Indians against.
The controversy, however, erupted with the appointment of a ‘Vice
Chancellor, designate’. In reply to a question on August 25, MEA said no
vice-chancellor has been appointed in Nalanda University. However,
according to an RTI reply, vice chancellor Gopa Sabharwal and seven of her
associates are drawing salaries since October 2010. Vice-chancellor draws
salary of Rs 5,06,513 per month. As per the Act, the headquarters should be
at Nalanda, Bihar, but within two months of Gazette notification on
September 22 last year, were shifted to RK Puram in New Delhi.
Under Government of India Allocation of Business Rules, 1961, MEA is not
authorized to manage or own a university unless part of an
inter-governmental agreement. No inter-governmental agreement exists for
Nalanda University, unlike the South Asian University. The incumbent Gopa
Sabharwal, appointed through an order issued by a secretary in MEA on the
recommendation of the mentor group, is just a reader in the department of
sociology in the Lady Sri Ram College and has nothing to do with the
Buddhist studies for which the university is to be set up. She did not meet
the mandatory qualification set by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
for the vice-chancellors of the central and state universities to be
distinguished academicians with a minimum ten years of experience as a
professor in a university system.
Ignoring the government’s recruitment rules that require public notice,
Dr Sabharwal picked up her friend Dr Anjana Sharma, an associate professor
in Delhi University, as the Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) on deputation,
with gross monthly salary of Rs 3.30 lakhs, which is more than the salary
of a Vice-Chancellor in the rest of the country.
The Standing Committee of the ministry says in its report just tabled in
Parliament that the Nalanda project was estimated in 2007 to cost Rs 1,005
crore but this may have to be revised, and that the same mentor group has
now become the interim governing board of the university. In its very first
meeting in February, this board nominated adviser committee to help out and
two persons representing India in it are Ms Upinder Singh, daughter of
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and her colleague Ms Nayanjot Lahiri, who
are not experts on any aspect of the Nalanda tradition or history.
But as Amartya Sen’s letter to Pranab Mukherjee, i.e., February 2009
reveals he recommended three names for the post of Rector. They were in
order of preference a) Dr. Gopa Sabharwal b) Dr. Ramchandra Guha and c) Dr.
Pratap Bahanu Mehta.
How the names of the three candidates were shortlisted; how was the
selection process conducted; and who were there in the search committee is
a closely guarded secret. As far as one understands (a) the plump post was
never advertised/publicised (b) no search committee was constituted c)
there was no interview or selection process and d) Ramachandra Guha and
Pratap Bhanu Mehta were never contacted for this top job. Amartya Sen never
submitted any supporting papers related to the selection.
N3}. Amartya Sen’s criticism of Narendra Modi is also a product of
political sponsorship. It has to be understood in the perspective of the
‘politics of obligation’ practised within the Amartya Sen-JD(U)-UPA
triangle. The cornerstone of this relationship is vested in the Nalanda
University project. It is this fraudulent project that binds Amartya Sen,
UPA and Nitish Kumar. It extends to supporting the policies of Manmohan
Singh’s Government in New Delhi and Nitish Kumar’s Government in Bihar. In
fact Manmohan Singh and Nitish Kumar are both using Amartya Sen to validate
their policies (including follies).
N4}. Many primary school buildings are better than this building worth
several hundred crores.
Amartya Sen is threatening to resign after the finance ministry raised
pointed queries on the financial management of the varsity, said an Indian
Express report. The varsity has been granted a massive Rs 2,727 crore
financial support package over a period of 12 years. The finance ministry’s
Department of Expenditure has asked the Ministry of External Affairs, the
nodal ministry for the project, the reasons why government rules should not
apply to the project, said the Indian Express report.
Nalanda University has become a private estate with public money in the
name of autonomy. Amartya has no fig leaves to the hide himself. Only the
media is not asking him the right questions.
~
Regards
Arun
PS: Views expressed here are of my own, I am neither related to any
political outfit/ organisation, Nor I am endorsing any party views, This
analysation is mine based on the excerpts received from different sources.
On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM, Protyush Chatterjeesopedis <
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
I cannot agree with you. The fact cannot be disputed that there have
been unwarranted interference by the governments in the educational
institutions, irrespective of the state and the ruling party. People of
unquestionable stature should be left out of poilitics. Amartya Sen is a
personality of that status. Just because he is not too enthusiastic about
Modi, the government is not too interested about Amartya Sen.
Dr P Chatterjee
On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 5:18 PM, Venkatraman Ns <
Post by Venkatraman Ns
* To*
*India Against Corruption *
* Amartya
Sen’s outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a
second term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom.
Certainly, there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may
be more suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is
entitled to examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
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It is an interesting write-up, quite long in deed. Though as per the disclaimer, the author (whom I do not know at all) has no political affiliation, but every line of his write up amply reveals otherwise. And he is biased! Writing is a responsible and serious business. It needs thorough knowledge, requires investigations, search and research of the materials.It requires dedication. Otherwise a superfluous vomitus will be the result as in this communique.It is always wiser to keep mouth shut rather than opening and telling rubbish without any base and detailed work-up. This kind of attitude is not going to raise India's standard any further even if we talk of innovation etc etc.Let all of us work together with commitment and not superfluously for regaining the status of our country. Disclaimer: This is not to hurt any body who-so-ever.



On Thursday, 26 February 2015 1:05 AM, Arun Singh <***@gmail.com> wrote:



Let the facts about Nalanda University be brought in the public domain. I do not think that the BJP Government is in the wrong here. This mentality of ours to import Indian born academicians, who have spent their working lives in the West, and give them the numero uno positions in Indian universities will not succeed. These people have no idea of the ground realities in India.
Courtesy: Hem Lohumi (whose post I am sharing)
Amitabh Joshi (for bringing this to my notice)
Sanjeev Sanghi ( for sharing the facts)
Another perspective in the ongoing controversy! Take your pick

Nalanda University, Amartya Sen and the massive fraud in reconstruction !!
Aside August 26, 2014 February 20, 2015 Shwetank History, Socio Political
Nalanda University was an ancient centre of learning in India, and among the first great universities in recorded history, predating such institutions of higher learning like Al-Azhar in Egypt (10th century AD), the University of Bologna in Italy (11th century AD), and Oxford University in England (12th century AD). It was also the first ever residential university in the world, holding capacity for thousands of students to stay on campus in dorms.
One of the interesting aspects of Nalanda University was its intake of ‘international students’ from as far away as Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, as well as Southeast, Central, and Western Asian regions. Nalanda University’s appeal to scholars from these regions was due to the fact that it was one of the most important seats of learning in the Buddhist world. But despite its focus on the study of Buddhism, students at Nalanda University were allowed to pursue other areas of knowledge, such as the fine arts, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, politics, and even the art of war. As a result, numerous illustrious thinkers were associated with the university.
The real blow to Nalanda came with the arrival ov Muslim invaders in 1197 led by Mohammad Bakhtiyar Khilji, a general of Qutubuddin Aibak, who were intolerant of the other religions and cultures. Much of the university was demolished, its priceless library was burnt down and many of its scholars, including Buddhist monks, were mercilessly slaughtered, in what was one of the greatest acts of cultural vandalism in India.
The Scam : Private Estate with Public Money
For a long time now Amartya Sen has aired views upon everything except perhaps economics. He is a ‘historian’, ‘political scientist’, ‘philosopher’, ‘sociologist’, ‘institution builder’, ‘self-appointed non-resident Chancellor, Nalanda University’. He has been adored by Indians almost as a sage. The Nobel Laureate in Economics (1998) never had any practical solution for India’s economy in testing times. Neither his economist friend Manmohan Singh nor his student Kaushik Basu, former Chief Economic Adviser, could leave it in better shape.
The Govt spent Rs. 2.11 Crore on meetings held by a “Mentor Group” constituted under the chairmanship of Prof Amartya Sen in Singapore, Tokyo, New York & Delhi to conceptualize establishment of the university. The group formed in 2007 was supposed to file a final report in nine months but Amartya Sen never bothered to submit even in three years the detailed project report. The great economist could not even prepare a financial estimate for the project or bring any funds from abroad. Yet he was made Chairman of the Governing Board of Nalanda University. And finally the Board, chaired by him, chose him as the Chancellor in Beijing in 2011. What could be a better way to cling on to power; enjoy flying trips and luxury hospitality; and get repeated opportunities to preach to lesser mortals of India? A courteous media never put uncomfortable questions to him when scandalous appointments and arbitrary dealings became apparent in Nalanda University.

N1}. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, who originally envisioned the project, resigned in disgust but never shared with media why exactly he left the Nalanda University project. The project was his brainchild. It was obvious in Kalam’s own words- his letter to the External Affairs Minister on July 4, 2011. Kalam’s letter to Mr. S. M. Krishna reveals why he was not in a position to become the first Visitor of the Nalanda University The MEA suppressed the letter until it was retrieved through an RTI application.

N2}. Kalam felt frustrated with the people at helm of affairs. His resignation is evidently a rebuff to Prof. Amartya Sen and his protégé Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, smuggled in as the Vice Chancellor-Designate without his knowledge. Being chairman, Governing Board, Prof. Sen’s position is equivalent to Chancellor (the University officially has none as yet). Neither Prof. Sen nor Dr. Sabharwal could inspire the confidence of Dr. Kalam.
With a mind besotted with Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard he views Nalanda University through that prism. The glory of ancient Nalanda University was not really that students from all over East Asia came to study there. Its glory was that committed Pandits like Arya Dev, Silabhadra, Dharmapala, Santarakshita and Chandragomin spent their lives for the sake of that institution. But to Prof. Sen ‘Nalanda University’ is pure exotica. Had Amartya declared, having achieved and obtained everything an academician can dream of, building Nalanda University was his life’s mission and he would settle down in Bihar for that, one could have appreciated it. But Amartya views ‘Nalanda University’ as an opportunity for flying trips (at the cost of Indian taxpayers) and flowery speeches. The fault lies actually with Indian establishment. Entrusting the task reviving Nalanda University to Amartya Sen & Co is testimony of India’s obsequiousness. This obsequiousness is what Dr. Kalam has repeatedly warned Indians against.
The controversy, however, erupted with the appointment of a ‘Vice Chancellor, designate’. In reply to a question on August 25, MEA said no vice-chancellor has been appointed in Nalanda University. However, according to an RTI reply, vice chancellor Gopa Sabharwal and seven of her associates are drawing salaries since October 2010. Vice-chancellor draws salary of Rs 5,06,513 per month. As per the Act, the headquarters should be at Nalanda, Bihar, but within two months of Gazette notification on September 22 last year, were shifted to RK Puram in New Delhi.
Under Government of India Allocation of Business Rules, 1961, MEA is not authorized to manage or own a university unless part of an inter-governmental agreement. No inter-governmental agreement exists for Nalanda University, unlike the South Asian University. The incumbent Gopa Sabharwal, appointed through an order issued by a secretary in MEA on the recommendation of the mentor group, is just a reader in the department of sociology in the Lady Sri Ram College and has nothing to do with the Buddhist studies for which the university is to be set up. She did not meet the mandatory qualification set by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the vice-chancellors of the central and state universities to be distinguished academicians with a minimum ten years of experience as a professor in a university system.
Ignoring the government’s recruitment rules that require public notice, Dr Sabharwal picked up her friend Dr Anjana Sharma, an associate professor in Delhi University, as the Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) on deputation, with gross monthly salary of Rs 3.30 lakhs, which is more than the salary of a Vice-Chancellor in the rest of the country.
The Standing Committee of the ministry says in its report just tabled in Parliament that the Nalanda project was estimated in 2007 to cost Rs 1,005 crore but this may have to be revised, and that the same mentor group has now become the interim governing board of the university. In its very first meeting in February, this board nominated adviser committee to help out and two persons representing India in it are Ms Upinder Singh, daughter of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and her colleague Ms Nayanjot Lahiri, who are not experts on any aspect of the Nalanda tradition or history.
But as Amartya Sen’s letter to Pranab Mukherjee, i.e., February 2009 reveals he recommended three names for the post of Rector. They were in order of preference a) Dr. Gopa Sabharwal b) Dr. Ramchandra Guha and c) Dr. Pratap Bahanu Mehta.
How the names of the three candidates were shortlisted; how was the selection process conducted; and who were there in the search committee is a closely guarded secret. As far as one understands (a) the plump post was never advertised/publicised (b) no search committee was constituted c) there was no interview or selection process and d) Ramachandra Guha and Pratap Bhanu Mehta were never contacted for this top job. Amartya Sen never submitted any supporting papers related to the selection.

N3}. Amartya Sen’s criticism of Narendra Modi is also a product of political sponsorship. It has to be understood in the perspective of the ‘politics of obligation’ practised within the Amartya Sen-JD(U)-UPA triangle. The cornerstone of this relationship is vested in the Nalanda University project. It is this fraudulent project that binds Amartya Sen, UPA and Nitish Kumar. It extends to supporting the policies of Manmohan Singh’s Government in New Delhi and Nitish Kumar’s Government in Bihar. In fact Manmohan Singh and Nitish Kumar are both using Amartya Sen to validate their policies (including follies).
N4}. Many primary school buildings are better than this building worth several hundred crores.
Amartya Sen is threatening to resign after the finance ministry raised pointed queries on the financial management of the varsity, said an Indian Express report. The varsity has been granted a massive Rs 2,727 crore financial support package over a period of 12 years. The finance ministry’s Department of Expenditure has asked the Ministry of External Affairs, the nodal ministry for the project, the reasons why government rules should not apply to the project, said the Indian Express report.

Nalanda University has become a private estate with public money in the name of autonomy. Amartya has no fig leaves to the hide himself. Only the media is not asking him the right questions.


~
Regards
Arun


PS: Views expressed here are of my own, I am neither related to any political outfit/ organisation, Nor I am endorsing any party views, This analysation is mine based on the excerpts received from different sources.


On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM, Protyush Chatterjeesopedis <***@gmail.com> wrote:

I cannot agree with you. The fact cannot be disputed that there have been unwarranted interference by the governments in the educational institutions, irrespective of the state and the ruling party. People of unquestionable stature should be left out of poilitics. Amartya Sen is a personality of that status. Just because he is not too enthusiastic about Modi, the government is not too interested about Amartya Sen.
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
Dr P Chatterjee
To
Post by Venkatraman Ns
India Against Corruption
Amartya Sen’s outburst after being denied second term
On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University, Amartsya
Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of threatening the academic
freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have said this if he has been given
a second term. His reaction sounds like that of a typical politician in India,
who views any situation considering his personal interests.
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
Post by Venkatraman Ns
Amartya Sen has
completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University and his term has not
been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the government has the duty, responsibility and authority to
decide as to who should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always
go in faour of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of publicity in the
Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the government.
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
Post by Venkatraman Ns
By no stretch of
imagination , one can say that not
providing a second term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic
freedom. Certainly, there are people in India who are equally suitable or even
may be more suitable than Amartya Sen
for the job and the government is entitled to examine such possibilities.
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
Post by Venkatraman Ns
It is unfortunate
that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to academic freedom in India in
such a restricted way such as posting of Chancellor.
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
Post by Venkatraman Ns
It is known that
Amartya Sen has given an impression that
he is a pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly critical remarks about Modi’s governance,
which is unwarranted from a person holding position as Chancellor of
University.
Post by Protyush Chatterjeesopedis
Post by Venkatraman Ns
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Deprived
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Dear All,
To my knowledge and information, Amarthya Sen hitherto has not spoken a
word against World Bank,IMF, ADB and the most dangerous WTO. Sen may speak
eloquently about Famine And Plenty and matters thereto . As for majority of
the Indians are concerned , some methodology or schemes to provide two
square meals a day is the need of the hour. All other issues can be given a
go by for the time being.

On Thursday, 26 February 2015, AK Bhattacharyya <
A few persons with vested interests are involved in a disinformation
campaign based on lies which have been disputed in the media.The least we
can do is to seek the truth for advancement of New International endeavour
of far reaching importance.
With kind regards
A.K.BHATTACHARYYA
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On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:00 PM, KP <
It will depend on who is the next chancellor and his credibility. the case
of Director IIT Delhi is still fresh in our mind.
KP
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Agree with Shri Venkataraman ji and Shri Subramaniam ji.
If my memory serves me right mr sen is a noble laureate!
Just delivery of lectures is not everything.How one conducts oneself when
denied is the real test.
Regards to all.
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*India Against Corruption *
* Amartya Sen’s
outburst after being denied second term*
*On being denied second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University,
Amartsya Sen has criticised the Modi government and accused it of
threatening the academic freedom. Obviously, Amartya Sen would not have
said this if he has been given a second term. His reaction sounds like that
of a typical politician in India, who views any situation considering his
personal interests. *
*Amartya Sen has completed his term as Chancellor of Nalanda University
and his term has not been disturbed in the middle. Certainly, the
government has the duty, responsibility and authority to decide as to who
should be the next chancellor and the decision need not always go in faour
of incumbent. Person like Amartya Sen, a Nobel laurete who gets lot of
publicity in the Indian media , should understand this prerogative of the
government.*
*By no stretch of imagination , one can say that not providing a second
term for the Chancellor amount to threaten the academic freedom. Certainly,
there are people in India who are equally suitable or even may be more
suitable than Amartya Sen for the job and the government is entitled to
examine such possibilities.*
*It is unfortunate that Amartya Sen has viewed the issues relating to
academic freedom in India in such a restricted way such as posting of
Chancellor.*
*It is known that Amartya Sen has given an impression that he is a
pledged critic of Narendra Modi and his recent interview in the media not
only talks about his not being given a second term but also highly
critical remarks about Modi’s governance, which is unwarranted from a
person holding position as Chancellor of University.*
*N.S.Venkataraman*
*Nandini Voice For The Deprived*
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