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Amartya Sen Quotes

Human ordeals thrive on ignorance. To understand a problem with clarity is already half way towards solving it.
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A society can be Pareto optimal and still perfectly disgusting.

— Amartya Sen

Famines are easy to prevent if there is a serious effort to do so, and a democratic government, facing elections and criticisms from opposition parties and independent newspapers, cannot help but make such an effort. Not surprisingly, while India continued to have famines under British rule right up to independence ... they disappeared suddenly with the establishment of a multiparty democracy and a free press. ... a free press and an active political opposition constitute the best early-warning system a country threaten by famines can have

— Amartya Sen

Unceasing change turns the wheel of life, and so reality is shown in all it's many forms. Dwell peacefully as change itself liberates all suffering sentient beings and brings them great joy.

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Hindutava's nationalism ignores the rationalist traditions of India, a country in which some of the earliest steps in algebra, geometry, and astronomy were taken, where the decimal system emerged, where early philosophy - secular as well as religious - achieved exceptional sophistication, where people invented games like chess, pioneered sex education, and began the first systematic study of political economy. The Hindu militant chooses instead to present India - explicitly or implicitly - as a country of unquestioning idolaters, delirious fanatics, belligerent devotees, and religious murderers

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To conclude this discussion, assessment of justice demands engagement with the 'eyes of mankind',
first, because we may variously identify with the others elsewhere and not just with our local community;
second, because our choices and actions may affect the lives of others far as well as near;
and third,because what they see from their respective perspective of history and geography may help us to overcome our own parochialism.

— Amartya Sen

I was born in a University campus and seem to have lived all my life in one campus or another.

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The student community of Presidency College was also politically most active.

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Imparting education not only enlightens the receiver, but also broadens the giver - the teachers, the parents, the friends.

— Amartya Sen

Opportunity could be defined in so many ways. There's one way of defining it, equality of opportunity, which is in fact the equality of capability, but the libertarians got there first and they have - like the Americans getting onto the moon, naming every crater after something like an astronaut - they have got there and named "opportunity" in a way that we cannot get ownership of now.

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Development cannot really be so centered only on those in power.

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Democracy is a universal value

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Japan became an imperialist country in many ways, but that was much later, after it had already made big progress. I donÂ’t think JapanÂ’s wealth was based on exploiting China. JapanÂ’s wealth was based on its expansion in international trade.

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I'Â’m generally in favor of economic globalization. Having said that, it doesnÂ’t always work and does not immediately work in the interest of all. There are sufferers.

— Amartya Sen

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