Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee meets India’s PM Narendra Modi

Abhijit Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the PM's residence on Tuesday. (Image: Twitter). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, Oct 22, 2019, India Today. Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee, who won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence of the Prime Minister, reported the India Today.

Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), won the Nobel in economics, jointly with economists Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, for their work on “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”.

Abhijit Banerjee is visiting India for the first time since his big win. Later on Tuesday he will visit his mother in Kolkata and spend two days in the city.

Abhijit Banerjee’s prestigious win has triggered a war of words between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Opposition. The noted economist who studied at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in his younger days helped conceptualise Congress’s Lok Sabha election promise of providing a minimum income support to the weaker section.

While Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, reminded the world about the ambitious Nyay scheme while congratulating Abhijit Banerjee, BJP leaders took digs at the economist for being “Left-leaning”.

Union minister Piyush Goyal called Banerjee “Left-leaning” and said he had supported ‘Nyay’ and that the people of India rejected his ideology.

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