NEW DELHI, Oct. 20 -- Judging people for voting in favour of polarising leaders undermines all possible ways for democratic discussion and resolution in a society, says Abhijit Banerjee, who is among three recipients of the Nobel Prize for economics this year.

In a wide-ranging interview, Banerjee spoke about his approach of conducting experiments to fight global poverty, the reasons for the current slowdown in the Indian economy, its possible solutions, and his new book Good Economics for Hard Times.

Banerjee says India needs to embrace deep liberalism, which Mahatma Gandhi symbolised, premised in the belief that in the end everybody has something good in them.

Banerjee sounds a note of caution for policymakers who believe that the solu...