Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee on Tuesday and said he had a “healthy and extensive interaction” on various subjects.
In a tweet Modi said, “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.”
Banerjee won the Economics Nobel along with Esther Duflo, a French-American economist and fellow US professor Michael Kremer for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. Duflo is Banerjee’s wife.
The Nobel Laureate was heavily criticised by several leaders belonging to Modi’s party. The Union Minister Piyush Goyal called Banerjee a “left-leaning professor”.
Meanwhile, BJP National Secretary Rahul Sinha made cheap derogatory comment asking “Whose second wives are foreigners are mostly getting the Nobel prize”.
It would be interesting to know what the two opposite forces spoke, but most importantly if Modi took any tips from Banerjee on how to steer the economy?
In recent interviews Banerjee spoke about a few solutions that the government should implement in order to revive the economy.