Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has waded in with his views on Anna Hazare‘s anti-corruption movement. Sen, former master of Trinity College, Cambridge University, and presently a professor at Harvard University, said you cannot change the system sitting on dharnas; instead you need to change the systems that provide incentives for corruption.
Amartya Sen was speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN‘s Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose.
“I believe that the reading of what causes corruption and how it could be removed is wrong,” Sen said.
Sen said he had sympathy for Anna and his fight against corruption, but his dharnas and demands are not going to solve the problem.
“I have lot of sympathy for him for getting absolutely angry on the extent of corruption. That needs to change, but that is not a question of changing a minister or doing a dharna,” he said.
Sen believes that the debates on corruption should focus on “what causes corruption, what are the systematic errors, what requires changing, and in particular, why we have so much incentives given for corruption.”