Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee recently expressed his concern about slowing growth of the Indian Economy. His critique of the government’s economic policies did not go down well with BJP leaders including Union Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP National Secretary Rahul Sinha. This resulted in an ongoing war of words between the ruling party and the opposition.
Amidst all the commotion, the eminent economist recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the PM’s residence.
The two had a “healthy and extensive interaction” over several subjects including the PM’s efforts to reform bureaucracy.
Banerjee disclosed that the PM started the meeting with a joke about how the media was trying to trap him (Banerjee) into expressing ‘anti-Modi’ views. Post the meeting, Modi took to Twitter to share the experience. “Excellent meeting with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee. His passion towards human empowerment is clearly visible. We had a healthy and extensive interaction on various subjects. India is proud of his accomplishments. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours,” he wrote.
To this, Professor Banerjee replied, “India proud of your accomplishments.” Earlier this year, Banerjee won the Nobel Prize in Economics along with Esther Duflo (his wife) and Michael Kremer. While he praised government initiatives like Ayushman Bharat and Jan Dhan Yojna, professor Banerjee criticized other major decisions such as reduction in corporate tax and demonetization. He also expressed his concern about the Indian economy going ‘into a tailspin.’
”Thank you PM that was a unique experience for me,” Banerjee said after the meeting.