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Necessary for govt to hear voices of protest: Montek

Former Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia says the government must hear voices of protest and bring a healing touch for creating an environment conducive to revival of investment, comments which come in the backdrop of anti-citizenship law demonstrations. He says the Citizenship Amendment Act and possible creation of a National Register of Citizens have led to large-scale protests from students and the youth in many parts of the country. The voice of the youth is unlikely to be silenced easily. In any society, students and the youth are the ones most likely to speak truth to power if only because they have the least to lose and the most to gain, he says. Ahluwalia, who served as one of India s senior economic policymakers for three decades, makes these observations in his latest book Backstage: The Story behind India s High Growth Years which traverses the politics, personalities, events and crises in the country s recent history. He asserts that there ..

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