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‘India is a Secular Country and People Cannot be Divided on Religious Lines’: Amartya Sen

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Expressing concern over the recent communal violence in Delhi, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Saturday expressed concern over the violence in Delhi, saying ‘India is a secular country and people cannot be divided on the religious lines’. He said this during his speech at the concluding session of the annual meeting of Pratichi (India) Trust and then during an interaction with the media in Santiniketan.

Amartya Sen said, “I am very much worried that where it happened is the capital of the country and is centrally governed,” Sen further said at an event in West Bengal’s Bolpur. “If minorities are tortured there and police failed or can’t discharge their duties, it is a matter of serious concern. It is reported that those who died or were tortured are mostly Muslims. India is a secular country we can’t divide Hindus and Muslims. As an Indian citizen, I can’t help but worry.”

Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen said that while questioning the pattern of communal violence, when such an incident happens, why do women suffer more than men, it needs to be talked about. He said that such situation has arisen due to lack of power in the society. However, he also said that he does not want to come to any conclusion without analysing the whole matter. He said that it is natural to raise questions on the transfer of Justice S Muralidhar from Delhi High Court to Punjab and Haryana High Court.