Indian origin Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee met PM Modi at his residence on Tuesday. Interacting with media after the meeting the Nobel Prize-winning Economist said that the PM tried to get “anti-Modi remarks” from him.
#WATCH Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee after meeting Prime Minister Modi: Prime Minister started by cracking a joke about how the media is trying to trap me into saying anti-Modi things. He has been watching TV, he has been watching you guys, he knows what you are trying to do pic.twitter.com/sDgXnSBQqI— ANI (@ANI) October 22, 2019
As per Abhijit, the PM joked about media so, that he could trap him giving “anti-Modi remarks”. In his media interactions, he said that “Prime Minister started by cracking a joke about how the media is trying to trap me into saying anti-Modi things. He has been watching TV, he has been watching you guys, he knows what you are trying to do”.
Talks between the two were centered around governance and bureaucracy. Abhijit said that it is important to have bureaucracy that takes people’s views into account. On meeting with PM he said that he felt privileged to meet the PM. He further added that the PM was kind to give him enough time to talk about his way of thinking about India which was quite unique.
Abhijit said that the PM talked about the steps taken to reform bureaucracy and governance and explained it nicely. I think it was a very important point for India to have a bureaucracy that lives on the ground and get its stimulus from how life is on the ground. Without that, we get an unresponsive government said the Nobel Laureate.
The PM earlier praised the Economist saying that his passion for human empowerment is clearly visible and the country is proud of his achievements. Abhijit was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences along with his wife Esther Duflo and American economist Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.
He is currently serving in the capacity of professor of Economics in the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.