New Delhi, July 25: Days after his controversial interview with CNN-IBN, Amartya Sen continues to face stern criticisms from different people. Joining the Sen-critic group, Subramanian Swamy on Thursday, July 25 claimed that the Bharat Ratna winner and Nobel laureate is "not an Indian."
Speaking about Sen and his personal life, Swamy said, "Amartya Sen is not Indian. He had lost his Indian-ness after he left his Bengali ex-wife and married two foreign females. He has lived abroad and only visits the country for a couple of months, which cannot make you Indian."
Controversy on Sen surfaced following his interview where he was seen clarifying his preference for prime minister candidate of the country. Opposing Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, Sen was quoted as saying, "As an Indian citizen I don't want Modi as my PM, he has not done enough to make minorities feel safe. I think I would like a more secular person to be prime minister. I would not like a prime minister who generates concern and fear among minorities. That is the primary reason."
"I am in favour of someone who looks at social administration and not just business administration seriously. That doesn't mean that I don't see what he has done and why people admire him," added Sen while continuing his statement in the interview.
Urging the government to strip Sen's Bharat Ratna, Swamy also said, "I had opposed his Bharat Ratna even at the time the NDA government had given him the Bharat Ratna. So I fully support Chandan Mitra's demand."
"If a scholar has consistently had an anti-India stance in his writing, then he will surely face flak for it. Now that he has the Bharat Ratna, he should be more careful and more responsible," added Swamy.