Amartya Sen: “We may have to broaden our vision on Millennium Development Goals”
Philosopher and economist Doctor Amartya Sen is the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner and one of the most celebrated economists of our time. On June 15th Professor Sen was in Rome in the frame of the FAO Biennial Conference to deliver a lecture on “Why is there still so much hunger in the world”? IPSTV and IPS journaslist Stella Paul interviewed him. Selected quotes:
- “Millennium Development Goals are only those things that are measurable in a statistical way like enrollment in education, literacy and other very quantifiable measure. But the Millennium Declaration also talked about human rights, democracy and many other features of human life which are not measurable in terms of weights and heights. I wish that the next round should be similarly motivated, similarly concerned, but not confined to only quantitative numbers. So, we may have to broaden our vision.”
- “I think what you have in mind is the big divide between the upper caste and the lower caste, the rich and the poor. This divide has existed since 1500 BC. So, inequality is a big problem”.
- “One thing to look at right now is the huge number of undernourished children, huge number of people who don’t get medical care”
- “If India has to change, that focus has to change first because, being a democracy means you have to bring into the public domain of discussion the lives of everybody”.
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