Amartya Sen stresses need for opposition unity

Amartya Sen stresses need for opposition unity


Days after demanding that the amended citizenship act be scrapped, Nobel laureate, Prof. Amartya Sen, has stressed the importance of opposition unity to carry out any protest for a cause.

However, he said even in the absence of opposition unity, protests can continue.

The economist was answering questions over the countrywide CAA-NPR-NRC protests.

'For any kind of protest, opposition unity is important. Then protests become easier. Unity is important if the protest is for a proper cause,' he said.

'But even if unity is not there, then that doesn’t mean we will stop protesting. As I said, unity makes protest easier but if unity is not there still we have to move on and do whatever is necessary,' Prof. Sen said.

Earlier, speaking at the Nabanita Deb Sen Memorial Lecture, the economist said viewing opposition reasoning as quarrelsome would be a big mistake. 'It is necessary to emphasise the subtleties of the innovative forces of the opposition... We need to know more about what I am protesting about. The head must also join with the heart in protest,' Prof. Sen said. 'When there seems to be a big mistake in the Constitution or human rights, there will surely be reasons to protest.'

A few days ago, Prof. Sen, who has been critical of the Narendra Modi Government, said the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act should be scrapped. 'I think the CAA must be scrapped because it cannot be an Act ... That’s the job of the Supreme Court to see whether what was passed in Parliament can be legally attached to the Constitution.'