Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has told this year’s Nobel Prize winner for Economics, Abhijit Banerjee to ignore Union Minister Piyush Goyal’s controversial statement attempting to undermine his remarkable achievement.
Gandhi wrote on Twitter, “Dear Mr Banerjee, These bigots are blinded by hatred and have no idea what a professional is. You cannot explain it to them, even if you tried for a decade.
Please be certain that millions of Indians are proud of your work.”
Gandhi’s tweet came after Banerjee told a news channel that Goyal’s comments questioning professional integrity had left him disappointed.
Speaking to reporters, Goyal had said, “Abhijit Banerjee won the Nobel prize, I congratulate him. But you all know what his understanding is. His thinking is totally Left-leaning. He had praised the NYAY scheme effusively, but the people of India totally rejected his thinking.”
Dear Mr Banerjee,
These bigots are blinded by hatred and have no idea what a professional is. You cannot explain it to them, even if you tried for a decade.
Please be certain that millions of Indians are proud of your work. https://t.co/dwJS8QtXvG
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 20, 2019
Banerjee told NDTV that he was not partisan in his professional work. The Nobel laureate said, “If the BJP government, like the Congress party, had asked what were the numbers on the fraction of people under a particular income, would I have not told them the truth? I would have told them exactly, I would have been as willing. In terms of being a professional, I want to be professional with everyone.”
Banerjee has assisted the Congress on its NYAY scheme guaranteeing Rs 72,000 to people in the poor section of the Indian society. The Congress had promised to implement NYAY if it won the Lok Sabha polls.
Banerjee and his wife Esther Duflo, the joint winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Economics, had criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation announcement. The couple have lalso been critical of the Modi government’s other economic policies.