In recent news, a student fromHarvard University has written a hard-hitting letter to PM Narendra Modi. In the letter, he objected to the recent jibe at the well known US varsity. Furthermore, he said that mocking economists and the authentic academic institutions will only take India farther away from the world. The letter was written by Prateek Kanwal. He is from Chandigarh and is pursuing his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. This letter that he wrote to PM Narendra Modi has gone viral.
He also said that while the Prime Minister made the remarks at an election ralley in Uttar Pradesh last week, the Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan was giving a speech to the students at Harvard University. He specifically asked the University as well as the students to collabarate with the government. He also added that the Prime Minister’s remarks would push all the Indians away who wished to return to India, after studying abroad.
In the rally in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Modi had mocked the economists and had also made a sneaky attack to the former Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh. He had the latest GDP figures and reminded that Manmohan Singh had said demontization would lead to a very slow growth rate. “Big scholars, some from Harvard, some from Oxford, some said there will be a drop of 2 per cent in the GDP, others said 4 per cent drop (after demonetisation). But the country has seen what the people from Harvard think and what hard working people think,” he had said.
In his letter, Kanwal said, “To develop a country as diverse as India, you will need the help of people who bring a different perspective to the table. Mocking economists and credible academic institutions will only isolate us from the world.”
Kanwal furthermore wrote in the letter,
“To develop a country as diverse as India, you will need the help of people who bring a different perspective to the table. Mocking economists and credible academic institutions will only isolate us from the world.”
The student said that he was a hard working nationalist and also added, “We are trained in the ‘evidence-based learning’ approach, which helps in designing and implementing policies effectively so that disasters such as demonetisation can be avoided.”
“While you were making these remarks in Uttar Pradesh, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan was addressing us at Harvard and he specifically asked the university and the students to collaborate with your government,” he said.
Kanwal also mentioned in the letter that many Harvard alumni hold many important positions in the cabinet in the current Prime Minister’s office.