Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy stoked a row this week by elevating questions over Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee’s Indian roots. The governor requested the put the economist modified into born and why his center identify modified into “Vinayak”. Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the2019 Nobel Prize in economics“for their experimental intention to alleviating world poverty.”
“I grasp two classic questions,” he posted in a tweet in Bengali on Tuesday. “Where modified into Abhijit Banerjee born? Many are asserting Kolkata, others asserting Dhule in Maharashtra. His mother is Marathi and father Bengali, insensible Dipak Banerjee. The tradition in Maharashtra is to make exercise of father’s identify as the center identify. Then his [Dipak Banerjee’s] center identify ought to grasp been Dipak [then] why is it Vinayak?”
On Monday, hours after Banerjee modified into presented as one in every of the recipients of the Nobel Prize, Roy had posted a congratulatory tweet, asserting that he felt “proud as an Indian and Kolkatan”. In one other publish, the governor stated he had by no methodology heard of Banerjee before, however it’ll be because Roy modified into now not an economist.
He stated that the Nobel laureate’s “Indian blood” made him proud. “Despite everything, even Zionist Jews are contented with Karl Marx!” he tweeted. Socialist revolutionary Marx, who modified into ethnically a Jew, had anti-Semitic views.
Roy additionally old it as a possibility to criticise the Congress’ minimum earnings roar blueprint known as NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana), which Banerjee helped conceptualise. “Thankfully Banerjee and Duflo didn’t obtain the prize for NYAY. I’m immediate he purchased it for some true experimental work, nothing classic,” the Meghalaya governor stated, adding that he believed NYAY modified into a “loopy and harebrained” blueprint. “Even the progenitor of that blueprint isn’t pointing out it any extra,” he added.
Roy’s questions irked social media users, who described it as a “bit immature”.
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