'Gujarat is bad for Education and good for Business', says Economist.

Gujarat is Bad for Education: Economist
A Nobel laureate economist- Amartya Sen says that, Gujarat is Good for Business and Bad for Education.


You may ask- But Why? Isn't Gujarat providing quality Education? Don't they have good colleges and experienced teachers? Well, read on to get your answer. This is how he explains his views.

This economist, who has been critical of Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modhi's model of governance, said there are lessons to be learnt even from the west Indian state which has a good business performance and infrastructure though it lagged in health, literacy and minority rights.

"There are larger lessons to learn from states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and even Himachal Pradesh, where transformation has been faster than Kerala. It is wrong to portray India's governmental experience as a complete failure".

"It has been a completely fiver experience. Some very good experience in the business area like Gujarat. On the other hand, it has a pretty bad record in education, health care, gender equity and any public policy related to that," Sen said at the launch of his new book.

Sen and co-author Jean Dreze, in their new book ‘An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions' has taken note of the achievements of modern India, including the successful maintenance of the world's largest democracy. Yet, they still argue that the country's development strategy remains fundamentally flawed.

In particular, the authors point out that the country has overlooked the central role of human capabilities, both as an end in themselves and as a means of further progress.

Sen exemplified that, Kerala has done pretty well in areas like education and health care and is now one of the richest states in India.

He said he was criticised as "hypothetical and imaginative" for saying that Kerala a state once mired with problems of low income and red tape could reap the benefits of growth if it stuck to progress in areas such as education, health care and literacy.

"Now it turns out Kerala is one of the richer states that the high growth rate in Kerala is nurtured and fostered by education and health care. It is a question of learning from any part of India that can offer a lesson," said Sen.

"This is true even in Gujarat. We can even learn from Gujarat even though it has a dismal record in treatment of minorities, in giving them a sense of security and sticking to secularism. Accordingly, in things like market economic expansion, there are things to learn," Sen added.

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