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India at Crossroads Q&A: Who Should I Vote For?

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Student: How should a voter decide what to choose? Student: What decisions should be made Student: when they go to the voting panel? Amartya Sen: Lesser of two bad things. Amartya Sen: That's what it is. Amartya Sen: That's what choice is about. Amartya Sen: More of good things, Amartya Sen: less of bad things. Amartya Sen: So, there's nothing surprising... Amartya Sen: I would like him to also count, Amartya Sen: I think the count brings out quite clearly, Amartya Sen: that at this time, Amartya Sen: Modi's bad influences are much stronger Amartya Sen: than his good influences. Ruchira Gupta: I would vote along the lines of choosing an approach Ruchira Gupta: and thinking of whose approach Ruchira Gupta: is going to help me more. Ruchira Gupta: Do I want freedom of speech? Ruchira Gupta: Do I want freedom of association? Ruchira Gupta: Do I want to be able to go to a university Ruchira Gupta: and study freely of all the textbooks, Ruchira Gupta: which are full of facts and not full of mythology? Ruchira Gupta: Do I want to have a love marriage Ruchira Gupta: across caste or religion? Ruchira Gupta: Do I want people who are poorer than me Ruchira Gupta: to have at least basic food, Ruchira Gupta: a free education and healthcare? Ruchira Gupta: I would choose an approach Ruchira Gupta: rather than thinking about Ruchira Gupta: the lesser of two evils. Ruchira Gupta: And in that approach, Ruchira Gupta: I would not think about the leaders that, Ruchira Gupta: you know, is it this leader versus that leader? Ruchira Gupta: Because, ultimately, it's going to be Ruchira Gupta: through consensus and hopefully Ruchira Gupta: a parliamentary democracy will prevail. Ruchira Gupta: And, so, people will come to some consensus together. Ruchira Gupta: I would look for the approach Ruchira Gupta: and vote for the right approach. Prabhat Patnaik: We are having a situation where Prabhat Patnaik: students in JNUniversity Prabhat Patnaik: are charged with sedition. Prabhat Patnaik: We have people who are civil rights activists Prabhat Patnaik: who are in jail, in solitary confinement at this moment. Prabhat Patnaik: All kinds of trumped up charges. Prabhat Patnaik: This is very serious. Prabhat Patnaik: That being the case, Prabhat Patnaik: my approach would be to vote for the person Prabhat Patnaik: who you think is the strongest to defeat the BJP.

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Posted by: develop_apneaap on Apr 19, 2019

Amartya Sen, Prabhat Patnaik, and Ruchira Gupta answer what approach they each would take when voting in the 11 April Election

"India at Crossroads" at World Leaders Forum Event - Columbia University
Introduced by: Akeel Bigrami
Chaired by: Ruchira Gupta
Discussants: Amartya Sen & Prabhat Patnaik

April 2, 2019 - New York City

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