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‘Hard to work with govt in which you’ve lost faith’ — JNU professor quits statistics panel

In email to other members of the govt-appointed committee, JNU professor & economist CP Chandrasekhar cited 'current conditions' in JNU, says Business Standard report.

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New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University professor and renowned economist C.P. Chandrasekhar has resigned from a government-appointed committee, which was set up to review India’s economic data.

Chandrasekhar withdrew from the Standing Committee on Economic Statistics, which was to hold its first meeting Tuesday, in light of the violence on JNU campus, according to a Business Standard report.

“I regret to inform you that, because of the situation in the JNU where I stay, I will be unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting. Further, I feel that, under current conditions, this committee is unlikely to restore the credibility of the statistical system, which has been undermined in the recent past,” the report quoted him as saying in an email sent to other members of the committee at 9 pm Monday.

Citing his discontent, the economist called the incidents taking place on the campus “disturbing” and “unprecedented”.

He placed emphasis on “political pressures” to explain his withdrawal. “It is unfortunate that political pressures have reduced their autonomy now, and efforts to consolidate a well designed system are being subverted. In these circumstances, I will not be able to serve on this committee.”

‘JNU incident has further undermined faith in the system’

In a telephonic conversation with Business Standard, Chandrashekhar explained, “I was persuaded that this government is not concerned about the robustness of India’s statistical system. The JNU’s incident on Sunday has further undermined the faith in the system. It shows that we are now living in a different world and it’s hard to work with a government in which you have lost faith.”

In its meeting Tuesday, the committee was to finalise the Index of Industrial Production data for November 2019, and also set a future agenda for it.

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation had introduced the Standing Committee on Economic Statistics last month. This committee is led by former chief statistician Pronab Sen, and was set to “review the extant framework relating to data sources, indicators, concepts or definitions and other issues of the economic data-sets”. The panel also aimed to address concerns over “political interference” in the statistical system.

In January 2019, P.C. Mohanan and J.V. Meenakshi had resigned from the National Statistical Commission, reportedly prompted “by the inability of the Modi government to interface with and effectively take on board the commission’s contributions”.

In May 2019, Chandrasekhar was part of a group of 108 economists and social scientists who protested against what they said was the Narendra Modi government’s move to revise or withhold the release of unfavourable economic data.

“…Any statistics that cast an iota of doubt on the achievement of the government seem to get revised or suppressed on the basis of some questionable methodology,” the economists had then said in a joint statement.

Also read: ‘Anti-establishment’ JNU has for decades given India its politicians, IAS & IFS officers


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  1. I suggest that he should resign and join politics for betterment.
    If teacher have join politics, it would be in the best interest of the nation. However, the educational centre had to be kept for education only. Politicised educational centre needs to be re-raised afresh.

  2. Good riddance! JNU is a snake pit of goondas who are violently stopping students from registering for classes and taking exams. The entire leftist ecosystem is worried about the fizzling out of the CAA protests, so they unleash masked goons in JNU to stay in the headlines. Just look at the level of coordination among the left ecosystem to unleash and milk the JNU violence.

    • That “snake pit” has given the country a finance minister (and a defence minister), a foreign minister, the CEO of Niti Ayog, a Nobel laureate, eminent scientists and a number of very successful civil servants. Show some respect, bhakt. If you had studied properly at school instead of wasting time on social media, you too could have joined it.

  3. Poor chap. Got scared to take responsibility by joining the Standing committee. Decided it’s not going to work even before starting work on it. Guess it’s easier to sit outside and carp rather than get I and improve the system. No wonder India’s education system is such a mess with such teachers.

  4. Yes , this joker who dances entire month 9 hrs a day for 50K faith matters a lot ..
    Sir plz take Amit Shahs fart in mouth that will restore some faith..

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