Later, addressing a press conference, Banerjee revealed how the PM started the meeting by cracking a joke.
When someone asked the Nobel winner to share his “critical” views on the Indian economy … the Nobel laureate choose not to address the question and instead said this: “Prime Minister started the meeting by cracking a joke about how the media is trying to trap me into saying anti-Modi things. He’s been watching TV, he’s been watching you guys, he knows what you are trying to do. So, I think stop.”
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Banerjee, though, gave his opinion on a number of issues including the banking crisis and the government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme.
Terming his meeting with PM Modi as a unique experience, he stated that the Prime Minister spoke on governance and bureaucracy.
“It was a privilege to have this meeting with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was kind enough to give me quite a lot of time and to talk a lot about his way of thinking about India which was quite unique,” he said.
“He (Modi) talked about the way he sees governance in particular … and how it, therefore, creates structures of elite control over the governance process,” Banerjee added.
PM Modi shared a picture of his meeting with Banerjee and said: “Excellent meeting with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee. His passion towards human empowerment is clearly visible. We had a healthy and extensive interaction on various subjects. India is proud of his accomplishments. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours.”
Banerjee, an India-born American professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won Nobel in economics, jointly with wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”.