“I am pleased as student of economics”: Manmohan Singh congratulates Abhijit Banerjee on winning Nobel

“I am delighted to know that your wife Esther Dufflo is also a winner jointly of this Nobel Prize for Economics,” Manmohan Singh said.


New Delhi| Former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh congratulated Professor Abhijit Banerjee on Monday for winning the Nobel prize. He is the second Indian to win the Nobel Prize in Economics after Professor Amartya Sen. “I am delighted to know that your wife Esther Dufflo is also a winner jointly of this Nobel Prize for Economics.

“Your scholarly work on Poverty alleviation and development of new techniques such as Randomised Control techniques are path-breaking,” Singh said in a letter. He further said that he is particularly pleased “as a student of economics” that the committee chose to honour pioneering innovations in development economics that are very applicable and useful to policymaking in countries like India.

Banerjee helped Congress to ideate NYAY:


On Monday, former Congress president Rahul gandhi too congratulated Prof Abhijit Banerjee. Taking it to twitter, he wrote, “Congratulations to #AbhijitBanerjee on winning the Nobel Prize in Economics. Abhijit helped conceptualise NYAY that had the power to destroy poverty and boost the Indian economy.”

He also took a chance to take a potshot at PM Modi saying that Instead we now have Modinomics, that’s destroying the economy and boosting poverty.

PM Modi congratulates Abhijit Banerjee:

PM Modi too congratulated Prof Banerjee. He tweeted, “Congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee on being conferred the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He has made notable contributions in the field of poverty alleviation.”

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